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SC man faces DUI charges after fleeing scene of car accident

Previous posts here have discussing the potential damage to a person's reputation that can result from drunken driving charges. Although in most cases DUI charges only damage the reputation of the accused, that is not always the case. A recent case involving DUI charges in South Carolina may have the potential to damage the reputation of more than just the driver facing the charges.

Man charged with two counts of felony DUI after car accident

Alleged acts of drunk driving that result in an accident can be unfortunate for everyone involved. When these accidents cause death or serious bodily injury, they often result in felony DUI charges for the driver who is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or other substances at the time of the accident. The impact of a felony DUI on the life of the injured party and their family is tragic. However, the impact on the life of the alleged drunk driver can also be difficult and long-lasting.

SC man reportedly tests at .16 on breath test

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.

SC bar pays just under a million dollars in fatal DUI settlement

Drivers that get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol are at risk of facing civil and criminal penalties for their actions. However, what many residents of South Carolina may not realize is that the drivers may not be the only ones in need of a DUI defense if they are part of an accident that causes injuries to another individual. If they were served alcohol at a bar, the victim may also try to hold that establishment responsible for their injuries. This very situation has led to a South Carolina bar paying $975,000 in a drunk driving settlement.

Death of pedestrian results in felony DUI charges for SC man

Each drunk driving charge is classified as a misdemeanor or felony according to the severity of the circumstances surrounding the charge. Although both types of charge should be taken very seriously, a misdemeanor DUI charge is less serious for the defendant than a felony DUI charge. Felony DUI charges usually come about when there is an accident in which it is suspected that at least one driver was under the influence of alcohol and the outcome of that accident was severe.

South Carolina's laws concerning minor consumption of alcohol

Being a parent can be equally rewarding, frustrating and difficult. As children grow up, parents are constantly trying to find a balance between protecting and disciplining them and letting them learn about the world from making their own mistakes. However, it is important for South Carolina parents to understand the implications of the underage drinking laws in the state. If teenagers and their parents are not careful, a violation of these laws can have a life-changing impact for both parties.

Will South Carolina lawmakers close the moped DUI loophole?

South Carolina residents may or may not be aware of a DUI loophole that currently exists in the state's laws. Most people probably think that if they are driving under the influence of alcohol and their blood alcohol content is measured at .08 or higher then they may face drunk driving charges. For the most part, this is correct, but there is a loophole that prevents drivers of certain vehicles from being charged with drunk driving.

South Carolina man facing 2 felony DUI charges after fatal crash

Driving under the influence of alcohol is always dangerous. But, the truth is that sometimes the people of South Carolina make mistakes. Sometimes people do not realize that they have had too much alcohol to get behind the wheel of a vehicle and drive themselves safely to their destination.

Myrtle Beach driver calls police after crash, refuses breath test

Drivers are pulled over daily across the country for investigations into possible driving under the influence of alcohol. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 20 percent of drunk driving suspects in the United States refuse to take a breath test or another blood alcohol content test. Although the average is 20 percent, these numbers vary greatly by state. This is likely due in large part to the existence of implied consent laws in some states.

Gaston man gets 25 years for fatal DUI with high breath test

Once an individual has been charged with drunk driving, there are many circumstances that influence sentencing and the determination of consequences if the person is convicted. Some of these things include any history of drunk driving charges, the driver's blood alcohol content and the severity of the circumstances surrounding the drunk driving incident.

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