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Sentencing for woman convicted in felony DUI case

When most South Carolina residents think of DUI, they think of drunk driving. While drinking and driving is a very common form of driving under the influence, there are others factors that can lead to felony DUI charges. One of the ways that drivers can be impaired is through the use of drugs, which is also considered a form of DUI.

Felony DUI charge follows fatal pedestrian accident

Being involved in a serious car accident is difficult for all parties. While the bulk of attention always turns toward those injured in the incident and the family of individuals who lost their lives, the event can often be devastating to others who were involved. Such may be the case in a recent accident in South Carolina that ended the life of a young man with a promising future, and left another man with a felony DUI charge and a lifetime of knowledge that he is responsible for another family's tragic loss.

Felony DUI charge follows fatal pedestrian accident

Being involved in a serious car accident is difficult for all parties. While the bulk of attention always turns toward those injured in the incident and the family of individuals who lost their lives, the event can often be devastating to others who were involved. Such may be the case in a recent accident in South Carolina that ended the life of a young man with a promising future, and left another man with a felony DUI charge and a lifetime of knowledge that he is responsible for another family's tragic loss.

Push to include huffing in handing down DUI charges

For those South Carolina readers who are unfamiliar with the term "huffing," it refers to the practice of intentionally inhaling commonly found chemicals with the intention of achieving a state of intoxication. The substances chosen are often household chemicals stored in pressurized aerosol cans. Users simply spray small amounts of the toxic substances and breathe in the fumes. Aside from the serious health consequences of such behavior, the end result is a level of intoxication that can affect an individual's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. With concern that such practices could endanger the public, a push is underway to include huffing as a basis for DUI charges.

Felony DUI charges stem from South Carolina accident

At some point, everyone makes mistakes. Unfortunately, some of those mistakes can have greater negative impacts than others. If an individual makes the mistake of drinking and driver, he or she could be faced with outcomes that will be remembered for the rest of their lives. In addition to the weight on their minds, drivers could also face felony DUI charges that need to be addressed.

Breath test cases can be difficult, but not impossible to win

Drunk driving is a serious matter in South Carolina, and it is something that is not taken lightly by local law enforcement. Those suspected of DUI are often subjected to a variety of tests which may include the standard field sobriety tests, breath and/or blood-alcohol tests. When reviewing breath test results, many may feel they are indisputable, but that is far from the truth.

South Carolina state representative avoids DUI charge

A state representative for South Carolina is likely relieved at the news that one of two drunk driving charges against him has been dropped. Democrat Ted Vick has been fighting the charges, which stem from two separate incidents, even though he is not currently seeking re-election. Now that one of those DUI charges no longer stands, that fight may be significantly easier to manage. The DUI charge that was dropped was the result of an incident that police officers witnessed last year. As Vick was exiting the Statehouse, he stumbled in the parking lot. Once inside his car, he struck a traffic cone, prompting the officers to pull him over. Vick's attorney asserts that he stumbled because he had a rock in his show at the time, and was not impaired.

Teen facing serious DUI charges after fatal crash

A recent car crash has ended the life of a South Carolina National Guardsman. The incident took place after what police say was a string of crimes committed by a 19-year-old man. He is now facing a range of serious charges, including DUI involving death.

Failed field sobriety tests are open to review

When it comes to impaired driving, South Carolina law enforcement officials will do all they can to remove these drivers from the road. Obviously, protecting overall public safety is a primary concern, but those who are accused of impaired driving deserve protection too. Field sobriety tests are typically used to determine if a person is impaired. Unfortunately, the results of these tests are not always accurate, and arrests may be made that are not really warranted.

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