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4 ways to avoid a DWI in South Carolina

In Charleston, as well as other cities in South Carolina and the United States, drunk driving is a very serious issue. This is why many of the consequences for even first-time offenders are so severe. In many cases, a driving while intoxicated (DWI) charge can carry with it jail time, high court costs and fees, community service, and other far-reaching and unanticipated consequences.

In general, people do not wake up in the morning and decide to drink all day and then get behind the wheel. It is often something that happens once a person becomes impaired to the point that the decision-making process becomes compromised. However, with a little planning, you might be able to avoid a DWI the next time you go out for a night on the town. Here are some DWI prevention tips to reduce your chances of being charged with drunk driving.

Know the law

If you are not familiar with South Carolina's driving under the influence laws, now is the time to educate yourself. Take a few moments to brush up on the state's laws, your rights and the consequences if law enforcement charges you with a DWI and a potential conviction.

Make a plan

If you intend to consume alcohol, arrive to the bar or the party with a plan. Trying to get home by yourself after a night of drinking can be very difficult and might lead to an accident. Be sure to arrange for a safe ride home before you start drinking.

Have a designated driver

If you are carpooling with a group of friends, one of them should be the designated driver. However, it might be hard to convince one of your friends to abstain from drinking. Because this is a very real and normal risk, it is always a good idea to have a sober ride on standby. Talk to a friend or relative about being your back-up in case your designated driver falls through and you need someone to come pick you up. Someone who cares about you would rather come pick you up than see you in jail or hurt in an accident.

Bring cab fare

Sometimes even the best laid plans do not work out. For example, maybe your designated driver did not stay sober and your phone died so you cannot call someone else to come pick you up. This is where Plan C comes in handy. Always carry cab fare or be prepared to use a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft so that you can still get home safely.

While the above prevention tips can help you avoid a DWI, there is always the chance that you might make a mistake. If this happens and you are facing a DWI charge, keep in mind that you still have rights and options. With a strong defense, you might be able to successfully fight back against a DWI charge and avoid a conviction.

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