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South Carolina man charged with two counts of felony DUI

Previous postings in this blog have discussed the negative impact that drunk driving charges can have on the life of the accused. One of these negative impacts is the amount of time and money that may need to be spent after a driver is charged in order to determine whether the driver will be convicted and, if so, the resulting consequences.

It is likely that after drivers are charged with a crime that involves driving while intoxicated, they would prefer to move through the judicial process quickly and get on with their lives. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. For example, a South Carolina man who is facing two felony DUI charges still does not know his sentence and will not know until May 2013. The accident that resulted in his charges occurred in May of 2011.

The accident occurred shortly before 7:00 AM. The collision took the lives of two other individuals. One was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident and the other died approximately a month after the accident. The man who has been charged with felony DUI also suffered severe injuries from the crash, which is why police did not arrest him at the time of the accident. However, he recently pleaded guilty to both counts and will wait until May for his resulting sentence.

Felony DUI charges can be accompanied by very serious penalties and therefore should never be taken lightly. A felony DUI charge does not necessarily mean that another person was killed in the accident. Some situations in which an individual can be charged with felony DUI include poor field sobriety performance logged on video, serious bodily injury to another, high blood alcohol content and head-on collision.

Fortunately, experienced defense attorneys in South Carolina are willing to take on these types of cases. The work of a defense attorney may result in a reduction of charges from a felony to a misdemeanor, a case dismissal, an acquittal at trial or even a victory upon appeal.

Source: Union Daily Times, "Fain pleads guilty to felony DUI," Charles Warner, March 11, 2013

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