DUI charges often come with severe penalties and consequences. However, those penalties and consequences vary depending upon the nature of the circumstances surrounding the issuing of charges and how authorities allegedly determined the individual was driving under the influence of alcohol. One particular circumstance that can increase the severity of punishment is when the individual has a high breath test. A person's occupation or profession can also make the consequences more harmful for the accused.
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In South Carolina, a resident can be charged with drunk driving if they have a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher. The ramifications for driving while intoxicated can be very severe. However, when a Breathalyzer or DataMaster results in a high breath test, the potential consequences become incrementally more severe.
The decision to drive while under the influence of any amount of alcohol can come with serious penalties if the driver is pulled over by authorities and charged with drunk driving. However, the penalties can be even more severe if the traffic stop results in a high breath test in accordance with South Carolina law.
Most residents of Charleston know that it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher. However, according to new regulations, residents that are in certain branches of the military may need to watch their consumption of alcohol even more closely. The Navy has just announced that they will perform random alcohol tests on sailors beginning as early as next month.
The penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol, even when no one besides the drunken driver is in immediate danger, can be very severe. These penalties become much more severe when the driver is not only putting others in danger, but also submits to field sobriety testing that results in a high breath test. A South Carolina man is in this very position.
The legal blood alcohol level to be considered drunk while driving in South Carolina is 0.08. So, then how was a woman in South Carolina recently arrested and slapped with DUI charges after blowing a .008?
Drinking and driving can have a tragic outcome. A connection has recently been drawn between fatal wrong-way crashes and drivers with a high breath test. This may have an impact on how drivers facing DUI charges are punished going forward in South Carolina.
In South Carolina, the consequences of a DUI charge are serious no matter what the specific details of the situation. However, when an individual is facing charges and a potential DUI conviction after a high breath test, the consequences can compound.
When a defendant is facing criminal charges for driving under the influence of alcohol, the situation can seem very scary and hopeless. This is especially true when the traffic stop results in a high breath test.
People in Charleston need to be aware that if they are charged with DUI, it does not mean they will be convicted. Even if police have incriminating evidence, such as a failed blood or breath test, it is often possible to challenge this information. Such tests are not always reliable, and in many cases they should be questioned.