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.
Facing a criminal charge can be scary for the accused individual, no matter what the situation. However, the potential consequences for some criminal charges are more severe than others and theses serious penalties can have a lasting negative impact on the life of the defendant. When that defendant is a young college student, it may impact their entire livelihood for the rest of their life.
Numerous previous postings in this blog have discussed the severe impact that drinking and driving can have on the lives of all parties involved, even if getting behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol was simply an honest mistake. Most of those postings have discussed felony DUI charges resulting from the consumption of more alcohol than is legally allowed according to South Carolina law. In addition, many of these cases have involved individuals facing DUI charges later in life.
Charleston residents facing charges for driving while intoxicated are likely aware of the serious penalties that could result from a DUI conviction. Depending on the circumstances, however, the more serious charge of felony DUI may be filed by prosecutors.
An accident the recently occurred in South Carolina had a tragic result for both parties involved. One of the parties was fatally injured. The other party is facing felony DUI charges as a result of the accident. When people drive under the influence of alcohol, if their blood alcohol content is above South Carolina's legal limit of .08 they may be charged with driving while intoxicated.
It may seem to residents of South Carolina that all situations involving charges for drunk driving are the same. However, that is not the case. Every drunk driving case differs and some are more severe than others. The most severe cases that involve charges for driving while intoxicated are those that result in a felony DUI charge.