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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.

A recent sentencing gives a glimpse into how law enforcement and the courts approach driving while under the influence of drugs. A 42-year-old woman was sentenced to 13 years in prison for her role in a crash that killed a high school student. In addition, she was also given four years of probation to be served after she emerges from prison. She had no prior convictions on her record, which likely led to the relatively light sentence.

The crash that led to the fatality took place earlier this year. The woman was driving on the wrong side of the interstate when she crashed into a vehicle carrying the teen and his 19-year-old brother. He was also seriously injured in the crash, but was able to survive those injuries.

As this case demonstrates, facing felony DUI charges is a very serious matter. An accident that leads to the serious injury or death of another individual will have significant legal consequences in the event of a conviction. Anyone in South Carolina who is faced with the need to respond to these types of charges must take immediate action to structure the best possible course of action.

Source: thestate.com, "NC woman gets 13 years in fatal SC crash", Nov. 11, 2014

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