A South Carolina woman is facing criminal charges after a recent car accident in Aiken County. According to law enforcement, she admitted to drinking earlier in the evening, but claimed that the accident happened because she was looking at her phone. A police officer who reported to the scene of the drunk driving accident claimed that he could smell alcohol on the driver’s breath.
When law enforcement arrived on the scene of crash, the woman and two children were standing outside of an overturned car. Although she claimed distraction caused the accident, she was asked to submit to several sobriety tests, and the driver did not pass any of them. The results of a Breathalyzer test revealed that the driver had a blood alcohol content of .12 percent.
Drunk drivers can face serious penalties if convicted of these charges. Consequences include jail time, fines, loss of driving privileges and much more. It is critical to approach these charges seriously, even if it is a first-time DUI. This woman would be wise to work with her lawyer to develop a defense strategy that is tailored to her needs and options according to the individual details of her case.
DUI defense is a unique area of law. It is important to work with a lawyer experienced in helping South Carolina drivers mitigate the consequences of a drunk driving arrest. It is possible to minimize the damage done by these criminal charges, but it is important to secure strong legal representation as soon as possible after an arrest.
Source: wrdw.com, “Police: Woman arrested for DUI after accident on Whaley Pond Road“, Sept. 30, 2016