A new service in South Carolina may be around for a long time. It's called CoPilot, and it is a driver service that caters to those who cannot drive due to insobriety. A person needing the service can use his or her smart phone to text in a request. Alternatively, it may fall on friends or others to see to it that one in need requests the service. All in all, the avoidance of injury, death and drunk driving charges is an outcome that seems well worth the effort.
When a South Carolina resident is arrested drunk driving charges, a number of actions are set into motion. He or she will have an immediate need to take a legal stance, beginning with whether or not a release from jail can be obtained. Beyond that, it is necessary to create legal strategy to handle the DUI charges, and to attempt to mitigate or avoid the serious punitive measures that accompany such charges.
The experience of being pulled over by a police officer for suspicion of driving under the influence is likely to be intimidating. However, it's what could come afterward that could prove to be even more concerning.
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.
The number of DUI arrests in Horry County, South Carolina increased in 2013 as compared to 2012, and this is concerning to state authorities. Toward the end of 2012, in Horry County there were approximately 1,100 arrests, and that number had already been exceeded before 2013 officially came to a close. In other areas of the state, officials believe the occurrence of drunk driving has become such a serious and ongoing issue that they plan to take significant steps to eradicate it.
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.
Previous postings in this blog have discussed the ramifications involved in facing accusations of driving while intoxicated. Some of these postings have also discussed the potentially reputation-damaging consequences that a DUI charge can also have on the life of a person that works in the public eye.