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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.

A recent situation in South Carolina involved both a high breath test and a profession that made the situation even more unfortunate for the alleged drunk driver. A police officer who was employed with the North Charleston Police Department was charged with DUI after she wrecked her police cruiser. In addition, the officer allegedly blew a .17 BAC, which is more than twice the legal limit. In South Carolina, a breath test is considered high when the driver's blood alcohol content is higher than .15.

According to police reports, the police officer lost control of her vehicle at around 1:00 in the morning. Upon losing control, she ran off of the road and struck a culvert. She was not injured but was arrested and held at a detention center for a few hours before being released on a $2,265 bond. According to the police department, she has been suspended without pay and there is an investigation pending.

Although the woman was not on duty at the time of the accident, she unfortunately was not behind the wheel of her personal vehicle. Although she may have received DUI charges anyway, it may have not resulted in as much stigma from society or consequences that were so professionally harmful.

The good news is that there are experienced attorneys who can be very resourceful and helpful in these types of situations. There have been numerous instances in the past where breath test errors discovered by attorneys have resulted in reduced or dismissed charges for the allegedly drunk driver. Keep in mind, as long as the person is of legal drinking age, it is only illegal to drive with a BAC over the .08 legal limit. If an attorney is able to prove the high breath test was in error, it could result in a beneficial outcome for the defendant.

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