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South Carolina man with DUI record refuses breath test

When a resident of South Carolina is charged with illegally driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, there is always the potential for serious consequences no matter what the nature of the circumstances surrounding the charges. However, the circumstances surrounding the situation as well as the alleged drunk driver's criminal history, if any, can lead to an increased level of severity in the charges. Some of these circumstances might include a high blood alcohol content, refusing a Breathalyzer or causing an accident that leads to the severe bodily harm or death of another individual.

A 39-year-old South Carolina man was recently charged with drunk driving. Unfortunately this man has a criminal record containing past DUI convictions. This could impact the outcome of this situation. In addition to his criminal history, the man also refused a breath test. According to South Carolina's implied consent laws, refusing a Breathalyzer can mean an automatic driver's license revocation. This revocation usually lasts for 60 days and sometimes longer. These two allegations paired together could mean a drastic negative impact for the defendant in this type of case.

Defendants who find themselves in similar situations may feel scared and hopeless. However, it is important that all defendants understand that they are innocent until proven guilty and that there are experienced drunk driving defense attorneys in South Carolina who can help them through this difficult time.

There is always the possibility to obtain a better outcome than expected in these cases. An experienced and dedicated defense team will do the necessary research and analysis to determine whether there were circumstances that could lend to a more positive outcome for the defendant. This may mean an error in the breath test, a violation of the defendant's constitutional rights, tampering with the evidence and much more. A rigorous defense attorney will bring items of this nature to the attention of the appropriate parties to ensure the outcome is as fair and positive as possible for the defendant.

Source: Examiner.com, "SC man convicted of 2011 felony DUI involving death once again faces DUI charges," Elisa Black-Taylor, Dec. 10, 2013

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