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Drunk driving charges result from damaged parking garage property

Previous postings in this blog have discussed the unfortunate situations that result when South Carolina drivers get behind the wheel of their car after consuming too much alcohol. These actions often lead to drunk driving charges. Sometimes, drunk driving charges occur only after a driver is pulled over by authorities for the commission of another traffic offense or after getting in a car accident. This is exactly what recently happened to a South Carolina driver.

The driver was leaving a parking garage around 11:00 p.m. on a Sunday evening when he hit the pay booth and two other vehicles. The driver also allegedly broke the parking garage exit arm before losing control of his vehicle and hitting a tree. The man stopped his car at a parking lot approximately two blocks away. Police proceeded to arrest him. He was charged with driving under the influence, as well as other traffic violations.

A defendant should not underestimate DUI charges. The potential consequences can be severe and convictions are often accompanied by steep penalties. In South Carolina, a driver who is convicted of drunk driving may face an automatic suspension of their driver's license. The length of time for which a license may be suspended depends upon the driver's history of drunk driving convictions, if any. The period of time may range from six months to, in some cases, a permanent revocation.

In addition to a driver's license suspension, a drunk driving charge may mean the loss of a commercial driver's license or put other professional licenses, such as a license to practice medicine or law, at risk. These situations can unfortunately place a lot of stress and burden on the shoulders of the accused who fear losing their ability to work and earn an income. However, there are drunk driving defense attorneys that are willing to ease some of that burden. An experienced attorney can fight and negotiate on behalf of the defendant and, in many cases, obtain a lesser charge or less severe penalty.

Source: WBTV, "Police: SC Drunk driver runs into parked cars," April 8, 2013

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