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Juvenile charged with felony DUI after South Carolina accident

When a car accident occurs and individuals are injured or, in the most unfortunate situations, killed, it is often the injured individuals and their families for which bystanders and outsiders have sympathy. However, car accidents are unfortunate for everyone that is involved. They are often times the result of a mistake or lapse in judgment.

After a tragic accident that recently occurred in South Carolina, a 21-year-old woman is dead, four others are injured and one if facing a felony DUI charge. This is an unfortunate outcome for all that were involved.

The accident occurred on a South Carolina highway shortly before midnight on a Friday evening. The details of the accident are still under investigation. At this time it is only known that there were two vehicles involved in the accident. One vehicle held three individuals, all suspected to be minors, and the other held two individuals, one of which was the 21-year-old woman who was fatally injured.

The woman who was fatally injured was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident and the remaining individuals were taken to the hospital for treatment. The driver of the other vehicle was arrested and has been charged with felony DUI.

A felony DUI charge is issued when an individual is allegedly driving while intoxicated and causes an accident that leads to severe bodily injury, a head-on collision or the death of another individual. When an individual is charged for driving while impaired it is usually considered a misdemeanor. However, when the outcome is more severe the charge is upgraded to a felony, which is accompanied by more serious penalties.

Facing a felony DUI charge can be a very scary time for the accused. However, they can find comfort in knowing there are experienced felony DUI defense attorneys in South Carolina that want to help them defend their position.

An experienced criminal defense attorney can be hired to investigate the facts, review the search and seizure process and study the prosecutor's claim while serving as an advocate for the defendant. These tactics may lead to a reduced charge, case dismissal, acquittal or even victory on appeal.

Source: GWD Today, "One killed, four injured in late night wreck," Sept. 28, 2013

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