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South Carolina teen charged with felony DUI after brother's death

Previous postings in this blog have discussed the severity of the consequences when a drunken driving accident results in severe bodily harm or death. However, most of those stories involved one party being charged with felony DUI for allegedly causing harm to another party that they did not know. It is important to note that this is not always the case. A South Carolina teen was recently killed in a car accident and his brother is being charged with felony DUI for the teen's death.

South Carolina representative facing drunk driving charges

Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs can have serious consequences for everyone involved. In addition to that, if a driver is pulled over for suspected drunken driving and refuses to take a breath test the consequences become incrementally more severe.

Will the legal limit for DUI charges get even more strict?

Previous posts here have discussed the ramifications for a person charged with driving while intoxicated. Currently, South Carolina law states that one circumstance under which a driver can face DUI charges if a Breathalyzer test returns a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher. However, this BAC may be changing if the recommendations of the National Transportation Safety Board are taken into consideration.

Woman could face felony DUI charge after arrest in South Carolina

Residents of South Carolina often hear or read about accidents involving a driver who is alleged to be under the influence of some substance while driving. However, when they hear about DUI charges, they may assume that the person was under the influence of alcohol. It is true that this is often the case. However, an individual can be charged with a DUI for being under the influence of substances other than alcohol as well. This was the case in a car accident that recently occurred in North Augusta, South Carolina.

South Carolina Pint Bill held up by one Senator

Each year, South Carolina ranks toward the top of the list of states with the highest number of drinking and driving related deaths. The state has DUI laws in place but as newly proposed legislation is trying to make its way through the legislature, some are worried that its passage will increase the occurrence of not only drinking and driving related deaths but also of drunk driving charges.

Myrtle Manor cast member facing drunk driving charges

Residents of South Carolina have likely heard the Cinderella stories about individuals who end up on a reality TV show and become rich and famous. However, those that have fame still have to deal with the law. Two cast members of the show "Myrtle Manor" have learned this over the past couple of weeks as they are now both facing drunk driving charges.

Drunk driving charges may result in ignition interlock devices

In South Carolina, there are a wide variety of potential consequences associated with drinking while driving. The severity of the consequences can increase if a driver exhibits a high blood alcohol content, for example, or refuses to submit to field sobriety testing or a breathalyzer. Newly-proposed legislation in South Carolina may make these consequences even more serious for drivers facing drunk driving charges for the first time.

South Carolina bond revoked after second DUI offense

Drinking and driving can have serious consequences. The most severe type of DUI charge is a felony DUI. However, the consequences for this type of DUI can become quite severe if the alleged drunk driver has a prior record with multiple offenses. In addition to harsher penalties, loss of certain privileges can also result for a convicted offender. A man who was charged with felony DUI in Charleston County, South Carolina experienced this scenario recently.

South Carolina's move to free-pour has not reduced drunk driving

In 2006, South Carolina passed free-pour legislation lightening up on the procedure followed by bars serving hard liquor. Some thought this would lead to a decrease not only in alcohol-related fatal accidents, but also in drunk driving. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the case. Numerous drivers are still facing drunk driving charges and, although the number of fatal accidents has decreased, the percentage of alcohol-related fatalities remains constant.

SC police officer charged with DUI after high breath test

DUI charges often come with severe penalties and consequences. However, those penalties and consequences vary depending upon the nature of the circumstances surrounding the issuing of charges and how authorities allegedly determined the individual was driving under the influence of alcohol. One particular circumstance that can increase the severity of punishment is when the individual has a high breath test. A person's occupation or profession can also make the consequences more harmful for the accused.

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