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South Carolina police officer accused of DUI

An officer with the Myrtle Beach Police Department has been arrested and charged with drunk driving. The arrest came after a car accident in which the police officer's truck crashed into a ditch. In addition to the DUI charge, he is also facing open container charges.

Interacting with police at a DUI checkpoint

When approaching a drunk driving checkpoint, virtually all South Carolina residents will feel an increase in their level of stress. This can be true even in cases where a driver has not been drinking at all, and has no reason to feel tense. For those who have consumed a reasonable amount of alcohol and waited a safe amount of time before getting behind the wheel, the anxiety experienced can be significant. One attorney in a southern state has made a public suggestion that drivers do not have to speak with police officers who are manning a DUI checkpoint, and discusses why this may be a wise course of action.

Sheriff's Sergeant charged with DUI after accident

When an individual is arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, the need to mount an aggressive legal response is immediate. This is true regardless of one's socioeconomic status or career path. However, when an individual holds a position within the public service sector, the damage to reputation and community trust that follows a South Carolina DUI charge can be devastating.

Truck driver facing DUI charges in South Carolina

South Carolina readers may be aware of a recent arrest in which a commercial truck driver has been accused of drunk driving. The story has been covered in depth, and the name of the driver has been made public. As the case moves toward court, it is likely that he will suffer a range of negative reaction, which could include the loss of his job. This is an unfortunate result of many DUI charges, even when those accusations fail to lead to a conviction.

Lawmakers hope to strengthen laws regarding drunk boating

Many in South Carolina remember the tragic death of a 19-year-old woman who lost her life in a boating accident last summer. The case led to a great deal of debate within the state concerning laws that govern drunk boating, as well as other activities on the state's waterways what can be impacted by impairment. Now, lawmakers are poised to request a closer look at  the matter and perhaps lead to legislative changes that could make it easier to charge and convict individuals who take to the water after drinking.

DUI charges for high-level political staffer

One of the most devastating aspects of being charged with drunk driving is the immediate loss of privacy when the matter is reported in the media. Regardless of the fact that a great many DUI charges eventually get dropped, the damage has largely been done by the time the matter reaches that stage of the game. This is true regardless of the level of public recognition one holds, but when an individual holds a position within South Carolina politics, the damage can be far worse.

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