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Will Breathalyzers in bars become a common occurrence?

As numerous postings in this blog have discussed, drinking and driving can have a severe long-term impact on the life of the accused if not handled with the utmost care. Unfortunately, sometimes drivers face DUI charges simply because they felt fine to drive, did not think they'd had too much to drink and did not realize that their blood alcohol content may still be above the legally allowable limit for operating a motorized vehicle. Now, new technology is arriving in some South Carolina bars that may help residents determine whether or not they have consumed too much alcohol to get behind the wheel of their car.

Is South Carolina moving forward with lowering the DUI limit?

An earlier posting in this blog discussed the NTSB's recommendation that state lower the threshold for the legal blood alcohol content level while driving a vehicle from .08 percent to .05 percent. This suggestion has met mixed reviews and it is clear that, if it passes, more people may be in need of a DUI defense if they are not very careful when drinking alcoholic beverages before getting behind the wheel of their vehicle. However, South Carolina is looking into how this change in legislation would impact drunk driving and the state may be moving forward with making the change.

Man charged with drunk driving and child endangerment

Getting behind the wheel of a motorized vehicle after consuming too much alcohol can always be accompanied by potentially serious penalties. However, when a drunk driver has a history of drunk driving charges or if authorities believe that a drunk driver is putting the lives of others in danger the severity of the potential consequences can increase substantially.

Man facing three felony DUI charges after early morning accident

It may seem to residents of South Carolina that all situations involving charges for drunk driving are the same. However, that is not the case. Every drunk driving case differs and some are more severe than others. The most severe cases that involve charges for driving while intoxicated are those that result in a felony DUI charge.

Will new legislation change DUI defense strategies?

Some previous postings in this blog have discussed the ambiguity of South Carolina's legislation when it comes to the authorities' ability to issue DUIs. Some claim that these ambiguities prevent the conviction of a person who is facing drunk driving charges because their defense team is able to work through so-called loopholes. In addition to the laws that have already been previously discussed in this blog, there are now more concerns being raised about the jury-selection process outlined in South Carolina's legislation covering alleged drunk drivers.

Supreme Court ruling confuses procedure for drunk driving charges

According to South Carolina law, when a driver is pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving, the police officer is supposed to give that driver a 20-minute waiting period before administering a breath test. This 20-minute period allows any alcohol that may be in the driver's mouth to dissipate so that the blood alcohol content level reading is not falsely inflated. Once the breath test is taken, if the driver's BAC is above the legal limit that driver can face drunk driving charges.

South Carolina increasing DUI focus for 100 Deadly Days of Summer

Memorial Day marks the beginning of what police officers in South Carolina call the 100 Deadly Days of Summer. Although the state has luckily seen a decrease in fatal car accidents since the beginning of 2013, the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day tend to see an increase in the occurrence of deadly car accidents. Over the past three years, during these 100 days there has been an average of 223 accident-related fatalities on the roads of South Carolina.

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