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Strong defense strategies may be needed for DUI charges

This time of the year is known for an escalation in drunk driving accidents that commonly result in many people suffering severe personal injuries and even fatalities. In an effort to limit these tragic consequences, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) recently launched a campaign to enforce DUI-related laws. Similar to last year, SCDPS decided to name the enforcement blitz "Sober or Slammer!" It will run until the first day of 2015.

Motorists are encouraged to enjoy celebrations in a responsible manner by appointing a designated driver when attending festivities. However, drivers are warned that DUI checkpoints will be conducted, and enforcement efforts will be intensified. Authorities will not hesitate to arrest anyone who drives while intoxicated.

SCDPS reported that, during the same enforcement initiative at the end of 2013, the fatal accidents in South Carolina were as many as 38, and 41 people had lost their lives. Authorities are concerned about statistics that show that about 40 percent of fatal accidents state-wide are caused by impaired drivers. In addition, the number of DUI-related deaths in this state is among the highest in the United States.

Motorists who are facing DUI charges during the holidays will be affected by the suspension of their drivers' licenses. If they are convicted, the penalties may be harsh and may even include incarceration. However, there are several different defense strategies that a legal professional may suggest after assessing the circumstances of a case. These may include launching an aggressive defense in court, or entering into negotiations to secure a plea deal. Regardless of the chosen strategy, the object will be to obtain an outcome that is most favorable.

Source: berkeleyind.com, "Sober or Slammer! campaign begins", Dec. 15, 2014

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