There are numerous dangers involved in operating a motorized vehicle on the roadways of South Carolina, as there are in any state. Sometimes these dangers manifest in the form of weather or road conditions and other times they manifest as behaviors exhibited by a driver operating their vehicle. If these behaviors involve driving while intoxicated and an accident results, the alleged drunk driver may face DUI charges.
In almost all cases a DUI charge is a difficult legal matter. However, that difficult legal matter becomes much more serious when an accident or other alleged drunk driving incident results in felony DUI charges.
As readers of this blog are aware, when an individual is pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving the consequences can have a lifelong negative impact if charges result in conviction. Readers are also likely aware that accidents can occur as a result of drunk driving and the resulting injuries, if any, can vary quite drastically in severity. When an involved party suffers severe or fatal injuries, there may then be felony DUI charges issued against another involved party.
A tragic accident that recently occurred in South Carolina left two young children dead and their mother facing criminal charges. The mother was allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol and has now been charged with two separate occurrences of felony DUI resulting in fatal injuries.
As numerous postings in this blog have discussed, there are potentially severe consequences involved when a resident of South Carolina drives while under the influence of alcohol. There are also serious consequences involved when authorities discover a minor consuming alcohol.
Anyone's life can change in an instant. The change may be for the better or for the worse and there are many different situations that can lead up to or cause this change. When residents of South Carolina consumes alcohol and then gets behind the wheel of their car they may not realize that, if they have consumed more than legally allowable, their life may be about to take a turn for the worse.
Many previous postings in this blog have discussed the varying levels of severity of drunk driving charges. When a driver is charged with driving under the influence, it is often a misdemeanor. However, under certain circumstances the charges may be upgraded to a felony. Those circumstances may be one or more of the following:
Readers in South Carolina that have seen previous postings may believe that there are not many situations scarier than facing a criminal charge for drinking while driving and causing an accident that led to either the severe harm or death of another individual. This may very well be true. A South Carolina man that is currently facing two felony DUI charges may be experiencing this very fear.
Each year, too many South Carolina residents get behind the wheel of their vehicle to drive after consuming too much alcohol. What they unfortunately may not realize, whether or not they are aware that they should not be operating a motorized vehicle, is that this decision can have very serious penalties.
Many parents in South Carolina may find it difficult to help their children understand that many of the decisions they make from the beginning of their teenage years can impact the rest of their lives in a positive or negative manner; depending upon the nature of the decision and the resulting outcome. One decision that can unfortunately have a long-lasting negative impact on the life of a teenager is the decision to drive while intoxicated.