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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.

According to South Carolina's implied consent laws, a driver is required to submit to some sort of field sobriety testing if authorities suspect they are under the influence of alcohol. These laws are called implied consent laws because when drivers take on the privilege of driving on the roadways of South Carolina, they have also given their consent to undergo field sobriety testing if the authorities have a reasonable belief that the driver is under the influence of alcohol.

A Democratic State Representative in South Carolina was recently pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving and refused field sobriety testing. This refusal could have serious consequences for him, not only legally but also professionally.

The representative was arrested and charged with DUI while on South Carolina State House grounds. According to reports, a Department of Public Safety officer allegedly saw the man stumbling around the grounds. The officer followed him to his vehicle and saw that the representative allegedly had difficulty driving in a straight line and hit a cone in the garage. An officer approached the man and the officer thought the man smelled of alcohol. The officer asked the man to take a field sobriety test and the man refused. He was brought into jail after 1:00 AM.

In South Carolina, refusing a breathalyzer has immediate consequences. Drivers that refuse this testing will find themselves subject to immediate license suspension or revocation. In addition, if the driver is actually convicted of drunken driving, it can have a significant negative impact on their lives. In this case, the Democratic Representative will likely see a negative impact on his professional life, as he is a public figure in the state. When facing drunk driving charges, it is important to take immediate action to mitigate the potential consequences.

Source: Huffington Post, "Ted Vick, South Carolina Democrat, Arrested On DUI Charge For Second Time In A Year," Nick Wing, May 15, 2013

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