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Felony DUI charge can have life-altering consequences

A high school teacher in South Carolina has had her teaching license suspended as a result of an alleged DUI-related accident. This individual was reportedly passing a police officer who had another vehicle pulled over for a routine traffic stop when her car struck the officer. She is now facing a felony DUI charge in criminal court.

On Aug. 13, a North Charleston police officer was injured when a 24-year-old woman is said to have struck him with her car. The officer was transported to an area hospital with unspecified injuries, though he is expected to recover. The driver was arrested and booked into a detention center following the incident.

Upon her arrival at the holding facility, the accused's blood-alcohol level was tested which reportedly came back at .16 percent. Anything above a .08 percent is considered intoxicated. Thus, this individual was charged with driving while impaired. The felony level charge has been filed since this offense resulted in bodily harm.

The board of education opted to suspend the accused's teaching license, saying that the allegations against her pose a threat to the safety of her students. If a conviction is secured by prosecuting attorneys, this felony DUI could result in her losing her teaching license altogether -- among other consequences -- therefore affecting her on both personal and professional levels. With assistance, this individual may be able to fight the charges against her in a South Carolina criminal court, or seek to minimize any associated penalties. Doing so may not be easy, but with the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney, the accused can make the best decisions for her specific circumstances.

Source:, "NCHS teacher's license suspended after felony DUI charge", Sandra Ecklund, Aug. 25, 2016

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