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A good defense can mean fewer penalties when facing a felony DUI

Any DUI charges should be considered serious, but when the term felony gets placed on the table, you had better sit up and take notice. In South Carolina, those convicted of felony DUI can be sentenced to serve up to 25 years imprisonment depending upon the nature of the offense. Additionally, a felony DUI conviction can mean the defendant must pay thousands of dollars in fines.

Important information about boating under the influence charges

In order to discourage intoxicated boating and keep boaters and their passengers safe, the Coast Guard and other water-based law enforcement agencies enforce a wide variety of boating under the influence regulations. If a boat operator is suspected of being intoxicated, state and federal law enforcement officers can pull the boat over and remove the operator from his or her vessel and conduct a battery of tests.

How is a blood alcohol test performed?

Authorities often order a blood alcohol test following a serious traffic accident that involves death and/or catastrophic injury. They may even order a test if no one appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. This test -- depending on how quickly it was performed and if it was performed in accordance with legal standards -- can be a very accurate determiner of how drunk a particular driver was at the time a crash occurred.

Failed your field sobriety test? It's not the end of the world

Field sobriety tests have been around for quite some time now. In addition to breath alcohol testers, the field sobriety test has become standard practice for determining if a South Carolina driver is too inebriated to legally drive. After failing such a test, drivers are usually arrested and charged with DUI.

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