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Drunk driving charges result from semi and patrol car collision

When individuals find themselves facing severe criminal accusations, they may be concerned that their case is too difficult and therefore may not do anything to defend themselves. These concerns can often arise when someone is facing drunk driving charges.

For example, truck drivers in South Carolina who are arrested for drunk driving could risk losing their commercial drivers' license, which is the basis of their career and livelihood. This may be discouraging, but it does not mean that the charges should not be challenged.

A truck driver in a neighboring state may have these very concerns. He has recently been arrested on drunk driving charges. A police officer had pulled over another vehicle on the side of the highway. As the cop was preparing to exit the vehicle, the semi ran into the rear of the patrol car, causing it to strike the car in front of it.

The semi was allegedly driving 10 mph over the posted speed limit, was swerving and did not move over to the other lane for the patrol car as required by state law. Authorities claim that the man's speech was slurred and his eyes were droopy, so they took a blood alcohol test. The semi driver was charged with driving while impaired.

DUI and DWI cases can have serious consequences if not handled carefully and defended rigorously. In all South Carolina DUI cases, whether it's a first offense or a repeated offense, there is an automatic drivers' license suspension. For the first offense it is six months and after that it can become as serious as a permanent revocation. However, these suspensions and revocations can be negotiated to a lesser time period.

Accused individuals facing DUI charges have every right to advocate for their rights and defend themselves.

Source: WRAL.com, "Trucker charged with DWI after slamming into Durham patrol car," July 26, 2012

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