In many ways, South Carolina has unique laws regarding driving under the influence. This has served as a catalyst for discussion on this blog.
From time to time, everyone makes a mistake. Even a responsible person can have a momentary slip in judgment. Unfortunately, this human trait can result in criminal charges. In the wake of this type of legal trouble, it may be worth wondering what steps can be taken after conviction to clear an individual's record.
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.
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 previous postings in this blog have discussed drivers that have been pulled over or gotten into an accident while their blood alcohol content is allegedly over the legal limit. Although the previous postings may make residents of South Carolina feel like these sorts of things only happen to everyday folk, that is not always the case. Some residents may have heard of the rapper DMX. He was recently pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving while traveling in South Carolina. As a result of the traffic stop this well-known rapper could potentially face drunk driving charges.
In 2006, South Carolina passed free-pour legislation lightening up on the procedure followed by bars serving hard liquor. Some thought this would lead to a decrease not only in alcohol-related fatal accidents, but also in drunk driving. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the case. Numerous drivers are still facing drunk driving charges and, although the number of fatal accidents has decreased, the percentage of alcohol-related fatalities remains constant.