Previous posts here have discussing the potential damage to a person's reputation that can result from drunken driving charges. Although in most cases DUI charges only damage the reputation of the accused, that is not always the case. A recent case involving DUI charges in South Carolina may have the potential to damage the reputation of more than just the driver facing the charges.
Drivers that get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol are at risk of facing civil and criminal penalties for their actions. However, what many residents of South Carolina may not realize is that the drivers may not be the only ones in need of a DUI defense if they are part of an accident that causes injuries to another individual. If they were served alcohol at a bar, the victim may also try to hold that establishment responsible for their injuries. This very situation has led to a South Carolina bar paying $975,000 in a drunk driving settlement.
Being a parent can be equally rewarding, frustrating and difficult. As children grow up, parents are constantly trying to find a balance between protecting and disciplining them and letting them learn about the world from making their own mistakes. However, it is important for South Carolina parents to understand the implications of the underage drinking laws in the state. If teenagers and their parents are not careful, a violation of these laws can have a life-changing impact for both parties.
South Carolina residents may or may not be aware of a DUI loophole that currently exists in the state's laws. Most people probably think that if they are driving under the influence of alcohol and their blood alcohol content is measured at .08 or higher then they may face drunk driving charges. For the most part, this is correct, but there is a loophole that prevents drivers of certain vehicles from being charged with drunk driving.
In most cases involving criminal charges, repeat offenses mean more severe consequences. This is true of cases where a driver facing DUI charges has a history of drunk driving convictions on his or her criminal record. A South Carolina man, a former state House candidate, was recently arrested for his third DUI.
A South Carolina police officer was recently accused of DUI after crashing her Charleston squad car. The officer was driving shortly after midnight earlier this month when she lost control and wrecked the vehicle. Unfortunately, she sustained injuries in the accident and was rushed to a nearby hospital. Compounding her injuries, the officer may now face tough drunk driving charges and has been put on administrative leave without pay.
Sometimes, after a long day of work, a group of co-workers will go out to have a few drinks and unwind. Although this may seem like a harmless, relaxing get together, it is always important to be careful when consuming alcohol if getting behind the wheel of a vehicle is in the near future. Even if someone feels OK to drive, police may say otherwise and that can lead to drunk driving charges.
Most people facing DUI charges have been pulled over by the police for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. However, a South Carolina woman who is now facing drunk driving charges was not pulled over by authorities. She was turned in by her 11-year-old daughter.
When a defendant is facing criminal charges for driving under the influence of alcohol, the situation can seem very scary and hopeless. This is especially true when the traffic stop results in a high breath test.
A drunk driving conviction in South Carolina results in not only short-term penalties, like fines and possibly jail time, but also long-term consequences in the way of compromised career opportunities.