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South Carolina accident ends in felony DUI charges

As residents of South Carolina who have read previous postings in this blog are likely aware, driving while under the influence of alcohol can come with some very severe consequences. In South Carolina, the legal limit for a driver's blood alcohol content is .08. If a driver is pulled over by authorities or is involved in a car accident and their BAC is over this legal limit, they may face charges for drunk driving.

Drunk driving charges can be issued in varying levels of severity. Some charges are misdemeanors while others are felonies. The severity of the potential consequences has a direct relationship with the severity of the charges. Take, for instance, a South Carolina man who is currently facing felony DUI charges for his alleged involvement in an accident that caused the death of another driver.

According to authorities and accident reports, the 20-year-old man was driving his truck on a Saturday morning. When the car he was following attempted to make a left turn, the man in the truck allegedly crossed the double yellow centerline and ran into the car. The driver of the car suffered fatal injuries from the accident. Two passengers in the car were taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries.

A DUI charge is escalated from a misdemeanor to a felony in certain situations. The most common circumstance for a felony DUI charge are a high blood alcohol content and death or serious bodily injury of another individual involved in the accident. DUI convictions are usually accompanied by serious penalties including monetary fines and potential jail sentences.

However, there are certain ways to attempt to mitigate the severe nature of these consequences. The best strategy is usually to hire an experienced South Carolina drunk driving defense attorney. An attorney will serve as the defendant's advocate with prosecutors and will do their best to obtain the least punitive outcome possible.

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