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Student Faces Felony DUI Charges in South Carolina Crash

A Sunday-evening collision with a semi truck has resulted in a South Carolina university student facing felony DUI charges. A passenger in the student's Jetta Golf was killed in the crash; the student reportedly rear-ended the semi as it slowed to exit the interstate.

Felony DUI in South Carolina can be charged if a driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol and his or her actions result in serious injury to or death of another person.

What To Expect If Convicted of Felony DUI

South Carolina requires mandatory punishment for those convicted of felony driving under the influence.

  • Accident involving great bodily harm: At least a $5100 fine and at least 30 days in jail.
  • Accident involving death: At least a $10,100 fine and at least one year in prison

Do these penalties seem light to you? Keep in mind that these are the mandatory minimums that go along with conviction. Fines and jail time can be set much higher based on the circumstances of the accident.

You will also lose your driver's license for a period of years after being released from jail or prison. Once you get your driver's license back, you will be required to install an ignition interlock system in your vehicle.

What Should You Do If Charged With Felony DUI in South Carolina?

The absolute first thing you should do is contact an experience drunk driving defense attorney. You have rights. Having alcohol in your system does not mean that you were illegally driving under the influence as defined by South Carolina state law. Getting into an accident with alcohol in your system does not necessarily mean that you are guilty of felony DUI involving great bodily injury or death.

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