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DUIs: Affecting your ability to work

If you're threatened with a DUI charge, one thing you immediately think about is the risk of losing your job. No one wants to find out that a DUI violates a contract or makes the individual ineligible for a job he or she want, so it's important to get the right information ahead of time.

It's always going to be in your best interests to fight a DUI charge and try to get it eliminated or reduced. DUI charges stay on your background check and criminal record permanently in most cases. A DUI is among the most commonly found offense on background checks.

Caffeine and alcohol: A dangerous mix

There are many drinks out there that mix caffeine and alcohol. From coffee mixed with a shot of alcohol to Red Bull poured into a mixed drink, many people opt to have a little additional punch to the drink.

Mixing alcohol and caffeine is dangerous, though. Energy drinks, for example, have sugars, caffeine and other additives. Caffeine masks the depressant side effects of alcohol, making it harder for people to know how intoxicated they are. As a result, drinkers may think they're more alert or sober than they are, which results in poor decisions.

Boating drunk? Here are 3 reasons to avoid it

Just about everyone loves to head out on the water in the summer months. The breeze is fantastic, and it's a great time to spend an afternoon with your family and friends. Perhaps you like to go out on your own and go fishing or prefer to take a tour in the evening to go dolphin watching. Whatever it is you like to do when boating, this is the season to enjoy it.

One problem with boating is that some people believe it's safe to drink alcohol and drive a boat. That could not be further from the truth. The reality is that much like any other vehicle, a boat has the potential to crash and malfunction. A driver who is impaired won't be able to respond to an emergency in the way he or she should, and could cause a serious crash on the water. Here are three other reasons to avoid getting drunk while at sea or on a lake.

There are consequences to refusing a chemical test during a stop

Understanding your rights under the law is important any time you find yourself interacting with law enforcement. While police may not overtly violate your rights, they often attempt to convince you to waive them. This can make the process of working with law enforcement during a traffic stop difficult. While you don't want to seem contentious or combative, you also don't want to waive your rights or get yourself into unnecessary trouble.

The Fourth Amendment protects people from unreasonable searches and seizures. That can mean you have the right to refuse a search of your home or your vehicle. During a traffic stop, that can also mean refusing to comply with law enforcement's request for a chemical test to look for alcohol. However, it is important to understand that while law enforcement cannot compel you to perform the test, refusing it will still have consequences.

Your DUI: How your life changes

Immediately after realizing you're facing a DUI, your thoughts may turn to how your life could change. Beyond the potential for a jail sentence or fine, there are other things you have to worry about.

Socially, you may become an outcast from your friends or family. At work, you may struggle to maintain your job, to get there each day or could lose it as a result of a DUI conviction. Even your home could be threatened if you're unable to work and can't make payments. Sometimes, if you rent, you won't be able to get a job because of your criminal record.

DUI and young people: The damage a DUI can do to your record

You're young, but you are over the legal age to drink. You decide to go out with coworkers and have a night on the town. In your mind, there's little that could go wrong, but that's where you've made a mistake.

While you expected to feel intoxicated after a while, you didn't think you'd be in an intoxicated state while driving home. It was such a short distance, you thought to yourself that you'd be able to get home just fine. The trouble is that you weren't right, and an officer saw you narrowly avoid getting into an accident.

Parasailing can be fraught with danger

Flying high above the waves tethered to a boat below can be an exhilarating and enjoyable way to spend an afternoon at the South Carolina beaches. But it can also prove deadly.

While it's estimated that as many as 5 million Americans each year go parasailing, it only takes a single mistake to cause tragic results. Before placing yourself in harm's way, take the time to learn how to ensure your own safety when parasailing.

Your breathalyzer results are not always reliable evidence

DUI charges are very common, but that doesn't mean they are charges to take lightly. In fact, DUI charges in South Carolina can result in surprisingly severe punishment, even for first-time offenders. If you face DUI charges, dealing with them fully should make the top of your list of priorities.

This can prove quite challenging, depending on the nature of the evidence that the prosecution has against you. In many cases, the charges arise after a driver fails a Breathalyzer test, which can seem like an infallible piece of evidence to overcome. While it is true that Breathalyzers do carry great weight in the courts, they are by no means flawless measurement devices.

Avoid getting arrested for boating under the influence

There's one sure-fire way to avoid the majority of boating under the influence charges in South Carolina: Don't operate a boat while or after drinking alcohol or taking intoxicating substances.

Now that we have this out of the way, we can look at the reality of the usual situations that can occur while you are riding on a boat with friends.

Drunk biking: Yes, it's a serious offense

A bicycle is a great way to get around town in Mt. Pleasant. However, bicyclists need to remember that they, too, are bound by the same rules as motor vehicle drivers. Drunk bicycle riding is no exception to the rule, but not in the usual sense of driving under the influence (DUI).

If a police officer sees you riding on your bike while swerving from side to side and breaking traffic laws, you could get pulled over and charged with a traffic crime. The officer may also decide to arrest you and charge you with public drunkenness and/or disorderly conduct.

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