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South Carolina police officer charged with drunk driving

Many residents of South Carolina likely assume that police officers are only on the issuing side of DUI charges and never on the receiving side. However, this is a false assumption. Police officers are not immune from being charged with a crime and when they are it may have a very negative impact on their reputation and career. This is why drunk driving charges that have been pressed against a member of the police force should be taken very seriously and handled very carefully.

A South Carolina police officer has recently found himself in this very position. The 30-year-old officer was arrested shortly before 4:00 on a Saturday morning when the county's Traffic Safety Unit saw his vehicle driving erratically down the road. They initiated a traffic stop and, according to authorities, the man had an open container in his vehicle. They also believe he was driving under the influence of alcohol.

The off-duty officer presented his license, proof of insurance and police officer ID. He was then arrested and taken to a local detention center. According to the Columbia Police Department the officer has been suspended without pay until the investigation into this matter is complete.

In South Carolina, the legal limit for a driver's BAC is .08. If a driver fails a Breathalyzer test, they may be charged with DUI. The consequences that may accompany a conviction for DUI include monetary fines, a jail sentence and a suspension or revocation of the driver's license to operate their vehicle.

Although these cases may initially seem scary and hopeless to the defendant, they should know that there are experienced drunk driving defense attorneys in South Carolina that want to help. A DUI defense attorney is able to serve as the defendant's advocate and negotiate with prosecutors in hopes of obtaining a less punitive or severe outcome for the defendant.

Source: WISTV.com, "Richland deputies arrest Columbia police officer for DUI," Jason Old, Nov. 5, 2013

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