It can happen to anyone: You have a few beers or drinks with some friends, and suddenly it's later than you planned and you've got to figure out how you'll get home. You think you're fine to drive, and you're going down the highway without any issues. Suddenly, you see flashing lights ahead of you - it's a DUI checkpoint.
It has been over 10 years since a standardized field sobriety test was created and promoted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA field sobriety test consists of three different segments, which are intended to show police officers and courts whether or not an individual was inebriated.
Many Charleston residents have heard about the tragic outcome of an attempted DUI arrest in Sumter County last weekend.
One frequent theme in our Charleston DUI Law blog has been the subjectivity and inaccuracy of field sobriety tests. However, many South Carolina residents are probably unsure of exactly how these tests are supposed to be conducted. Earlier this week, Charleston's WCBD TV station spoke with deputies about just that.
Often, police officers pull drivers over violations like expired license tabs or speeding, and then proceed to investigate the driver for other crimes. Drivers have constitutional rights to proper procedure when they're stopped by the police, and it's important to know those rights if you have been stopped. Police may not always follow the proper procedure before they start a DUI investigation and may not gather reliable evidence in the process.