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What you should know about driving under the influence of drugs

In all 50 states, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while impaired in any way. As we all know, drunk driving charges mean driving while under the influence of alcohol, but you could also face a DUI charge by driving under the influence of drugs. This is the case with marijuana and other illegal drugs as well as prescription medication.

What factors must exist for a reasonable suspicion DUI stop?

Police officers are prohibited from randomly pulling drivers over to check for intoxication. This is true in South Carolina and other states. Sobriety checkpoints could be called an exception to this rule; however, as these checkpoints do not necessarily target specific individuals they are frequently used to crack down on drunk driving. In all other situations, including suspected DUI, police officers are bound by the U.S. Constitution to have reasonable suspicion of criminal activity before pulling a motorist over.

High blood alcohol tests do not always lead to conviction

When a police officer suspects someone of driving under the influence in South Carolina, the officer may request a blood test. If this test results in a high BAC (blood alcohol content) it can be a bit more difficult to challenge a DUI, but it does not mean it is impossible. In truth, a high BAC does not always lead to a DUI conviction.

Deputy in Charleston County charged with DUI

Citizens of South Carolina trust the police force to provide protection from harm. Usually, these expectations are fulfilled, but once in a while, even those in a position of authority can make a mistake. Reportedly, this is what recently happened when a sheriff's deputy with the Charleston County sheriff's office was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

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