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DUI Penalties

South Carolina DUI Lawyers South Carolina DUI Penalties by Offense If you are over 21 and you are convicted of DUI, your blood alcohol level (BAC) will be used to dictate the severity of your sentence for each type of offense (first DUI offense, second DUI offense, etc.).  Keep in mind that the fines set forth below will more than double when you add in court costs and fees. Penalties for First DUI Offense: Contact us for help reducing or fighting the following DUI penalties. Legal consequences are listed by ascending blood alcohol … [Read more...]

SC College Student Dies in Dorm after Drinking Incident

South Carolina DUI LawyersUnderage drinking on South Carolina college campuses is extremely common.  Unfortunatly, in a lot of situations it ends in tragedy. Just recently, a gifted athlete attending college in South Carolina was found unresponsive in a dorm room after eating pizza and drinking alcoholic beverages.The student allegedly choked on the food that he was eating,  was transported to a local hospital, and died when the medical staff was unable to revive him. The county coroner confirmed that the student had been drinking, … [Read more...]

Truth About Field Sobriety Tests

South Carolina DUI Lawyers Can I be Arrested for Failing an FST? Field sobriety tests (FSTs) were created to help law enforcement gauge the relative sobriety or intoxication of a driver, and cannot be used to determine blood alcohol level. However, a police officer who has pulled a suspicious motorist or who is working a sobriety checkpoint can request a battery of field sobriety tests in determining probable cause of an arrest and the use of an evidentiary alcohol test.If you’ve been arrested and charged with a DUI based on your … [Read more...]

Military Base DUIs

South Carolina DUI Lawyers Getting arrested for DUI does not mean that you are guilty.  What it does mean is that your personal and professional livelihood are at stake and that you need the assistance of an experienced South Carolina DUI defense lawyer.If you are serving at Fort Jackson, Charleston Air Force Base, Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, SC, Parris Island, McIntyre Air National Guard, the Naval Weapons Station in Charleston, or Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter and you are stopped for DUI, you face not only potential criminal … [Read more...]

Do You Understand Breathalyzer Tests?

South Carolina DUI Lawyers How Can a Breathalyzer Measure Blood Alcohol? The blood releases alcohol through the breath. When you drink alcohol, the body absorbs it quite literally. It saturates tissue lining in the mouth, throat, stomach and intestines, and enters the bloodstream. When that blood circulates through the lungs, alcohol evaporates out through air sacs in the lungs. A breathalyzer measures the alcohol in the breath that is exhaled.There’s a mathematical relationship between alcohol blood level and alcohol breath level. It was … [Read more...]

Drinking Underage and Driving

South Carolina DUI Lawyers SC Has A Zero Tolerance Policy Any person under the age of 21 who drives a motor vehicle after drinking alcohol faces a zero tolerance policy for drinking and driving.It only takes a blood alcohol concentration of .02 to be charged with penalties for underage drinking and driving. Underage drivers will automatically have their license suspended for at least 3 months. Consequences of Underage DUI If you are under 21 and and your blood alcohol (BAC) is at least .02 and less than .08License (or permit) … [Read more...]

President Obama’s Uncle Cited for DUI

President Barack Obama's 69-year-old Kenyan half-uncle, Onyango Obama, has worked at Conti Liquors in Massachusetts for the past five years.On Aug. 24, he was pulled over for a traffic stop and subsequently arrested for DUI.  Onyango is currently being detained by Immigration and Customs.Police pulled him over after he allegedly made an illegal turn in front of them at 7 pm. Onyango blew 0.14 on a blood alcohol test (0.08 is the legal limit).After he was booked on charges of DUI, failure to yield at an intersection and negligent … [Read more...]