Most DUI charges result in the temporary revocation of a person's driver's license and a fine. While all DUI charges are serious, not all of them lead to jail time or a felony. However, if a driver engages in certain aggravating factors when driving while intoxicated, they could face a felony and a significant amount of time in jail.
Being pulled over and asked to perform a Breathalyzer test can be a very stressful situation to be in. You may be worried about the fact that you were pulled over, and interactions with law enforcement officials may cause you to act nervously.
It's illegal for you to drive while you're intoxicated here in South Carolina. If you're stopped on suspicion of operating your vehicle while inebriated, perform poorly on field sobriety tests and have a blood alcohol content of .08% or more, then you're likely to be charged with driving under the influence (DUI). The penalties that you face if you're charged with such a crime vary depending on many factors.
South Carolina's House Judiciary Committee is considering a proposed bill that could require everyone convicted of DUI as a first offense to install an ignition interlock device. These devices require drivers to blow into an in-car Breathalyzer when they enter their vehicles. Their car will start only if there is no sign of alcohol intoxication; if alcohol is present, the ignition will not turn. During the drive, the device tends to request several rolling retests. Currently, people who were convicted of drunk driving with a higher BAC or those with a second offense must install the devices.
When a South Carolina driver is accused of drunk driving, the authorities may use a breathalyzer device to determine his or her blood alcohol concentration. However, these devices are not always accurate, potentially leading to a false positive that could result in a person being unnecessarily arrested and charged.
A 45-year-old South Carolina man who police believe caused a four-car accident in Horry County on the night of Feb. 16 has been charged with felony DUI and drug possession. Two individuals suffered what news reports describe as life-threatening injuries in the crash, which took place near the intersection of 29th Avenue North and U.S. Route 17 in Myrtle Beach at approximately 8:00 p.m. Initial accounts do not reveal if any other road users were injured.
One South Carolina woman has been charged with DUI after she was captured on video colliding with a bicycle taxi after driving strangely in Charleston. The crash was captured by another driver's dashcam on the evening of Oct. 30. After the woman crashed into the bike taxi driver, two other cars chased after her Honda Pilot, boxing her in and holding her there before police arrived on the scene.
The National Transportation Safety Board has asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to encourage the development of a standardized roadside test that police officers in South Carolina and around the country can use to determine if drivers are impaired by drugs. The NTSB says that the lack of such a test is one of the reasons drug-impaired driving is surging in the United States. Other factors include a deepening opioid crisis and more liberal marijuana laws.
Myrtle Beach is full of people out to have fun and enjoy a good time, but some unwisely choose to get behind the wheel of a car after an evening at a club or bar. Drunk driving charges can be quite common even if they can carry severe penalties. On May 17, music star Mac Miller was arrested on drunk driving charges in California after he reportedly ran into a utility pole in the San Fernando Valley before driving away.
South Carolina police were recently called to a restaurant after a truck was hit by another vehicle while in the parking lot. The individual thought responsible was arrested and charged with drunk driving and other offenses. The accused is reportedly underage, so the penalties that would accompany a conviction could be quite severe.