As readers of this blog are aware, there have been numerous previous postings discussing the penalties residents may face if they drive their vehicle while under the influence of too much alcohol. Driving while intoxicated is likely the most common alcohol-related criminal charge issued to residents of South Carolina. However, recently passed legislation now leaves residents prone to being charged with a crime for having any blood alcohol level even when they are not behind the wheel of their car.
When a resident of South Carolina is suspected of drunk driving, there are many circumstances that can play a part in the severity of the potential consequences that could accompany a conviction. One of those circumstances is the accused individual's history of DUI charges or drunk driving, if any.
A previous posting in this blog discussed an accident in which a 20-year-old boy was driving and got into a car accident leaving his 19-year-old female passenger with serious injuries. The boy was charged with felony DUI. However, what South Carolina residents may not know is that this boy is not the only individual involved in this situation that may be facing charges for contributing to this tragic outcome.
As previous postings in this blog have discussed, South Carolina authorities are constantly on the lookout for those that are traveling the roadways of the state while under the influence of alcohol. Numerous people are injured or die each year due to drunk driving accidents and authorities are trying to decrease the occurrence of these accidents, injuries and deaths. It appears that in many parts of the state these efforts have been successful.
Car accidents happen on the roadways of South Carolina just like they do in every state across the country. If a resident sees a car that they believe could cause an accident, they will sometimes report it to the authorities. This happened recently in South Carolina and the report led to the issuance of drunk driving charges.
Previous postings in this blog have discussed how some families that have experienced the loss of a loved one due to the negligence of a drunk driver are lobbying for stricter DUI laws and tougher penalties for drunk drivers in South Carolina. Another family has stepped to the forefront of this argument after they lost their son recently in an accident involving a drunk driver.
Previous postings in this blog have discussed the DUI charges being faced by South Carolina state representative Ted Vick. As was outlined in these previous posts, Vick was pulled over after an officer witnessed him stumbling while walking to his vehicle, which was parked in a garage. Once he got into his car to drive away. authorities pulled him over and then charged him with driving under the influence.
The holidays have officially arrived and many South Carolina residents are looking forward to fun get-togethers with family and friends. Many started their celebrations over Thanksgiving and will continue the festivities right through New Year's Day. Though most will ride out the end of the year with good memories and great experiences, others will find themselves facing serious DUI charges from increased drunk driving enforcement.
Legislation involving drunk driving is an ever-changing area of law in many states. The changes many states are contemplating involve the installation and ignition interlock devices and other consequences that result when a driver is charged with a crime and convicted for drunk driving. In 2009, the state of South Carolina passed legislation stating that a Breathalyzer test must be administered within two hours of a driver's arrest.
Many residents of South Carolina likely assume that police officers are only on the issuing side of DUI charges and never on the receiving side. However, this is a false assumption. Police officers are not immune from being charged with a crime and when they are it may have a very negative impact on their reputation and career. This is why drunk driving charges that have been pressed against a member of the police force should be taken very seriously and handled very carefully.