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How do officers know when a driver might be drunk?

An important point to consider in all drunk driving cases is the reason the officer pulled the vehicle over. Generally, a police officer must have a valid reason, such as a reasonable suspicion to think that a driver was drunk or a traffic offense, in order to pull a vehicle over. Without a valid reason, the stop might be considered unconstitutional.

Know the drunk driving laws in South Carolina

Drunk and drugged driving are illegal in South Carolina. If you are pulled over after you have been drinking or using drugs, there is a good chance that you will face criminal charges for those actions. State statutes provide rules for testing for alcohol, limits for the test results and the penalties that you will face if you are convicted.

Negative Breathalyzer readings for college football player

When you're stopped for suspicion of driving while intoxicated, you may be asked to perform field sobriety tests. The results of these standardized tests, as well as the observations of the police officer, are generally why an arrest is made.

Is there any way to challenge field sobriety tests?

When you've been arrested for a DUI, you may wonder if there is any way to contest the results of a field sobriety test. This may be the way to go if you refuse the chemical tests for alcohol, as the FSTs could be the primary evidence against you.

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