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University professor facing DUI charges in SC

A DUI charge was recently filed against a professor at Clemson Sandhills Extension facility after he was observed driving erratically in Kershaw County, South Carolina, an article of The State reported on December 12.

According to reports, a deputy noticed the vehicle driven by 52-year-old Ronald David Lamie to be traveling erratically, nearing the median lane in Lugoff on December 8. Apprehending authorities detected a strong alcoholic odor from Lamie’s vehicle and confirmed his intoxication after he failed to pass a sobriety test. Sheriff Jim Matthews said the vehicle driven by Lamie was owned by the state. While in custody, authorities detected a 0.15 percent BAC from Lamie after a breathalyzer test. The Applied Economics and Statistics Associate Professor was later discharged from custody after authorities determined he was sober.

If you have been charged with a DUI, working with an attorney is important, especially if this offense is your first. Discuss your situation with the Truslow & Truslow attorneys in Columbia today by calling (803) 256-6276 to learn more about your options.


NFL’s Michael Floyd facing DUI charges in Arizona

At least two counts of driving a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants (DUI) charges were recently filed against professional football player Michael Floyd in Arizona. The charges came after authorities found him sleeping inside his vehicle, an article of CBS Sports reported on December 12.

Apparently, the incident occurred shortly after the Arizona Cardinals, Floyd’s team, lost to the Miami Dolphins. At 2:48 in the morning, the 27-year-old was found by authorities slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle with the engine still running. Scottsdale Police took Floyd into custody and handed him two DUI charges, one charge for neglecting an officer, and another charge for obstructing the road. Floyd is scheduled for a court hearing and may be suspended for two games if he is found guilty of the charges.

The defense attorneys at Truslow & Truslow in Columbia understand that facing DUI charges is frustrating because it can negatively affect your ability to earn an income. However, if you are charged with a DUI, we will tirelessly represent you to make sure you get the best outcome from your case. Call us today at (803) 256-6276 to learn more about your options.


Former Rockets player charged with DUI

Former star player for the Houston Rockets, Steve Francis, was apprehended on suspicion that he was operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol (DUI), a November 22 report for The Washington Post revealed.

The 39-year-old basketball star was driving a vehicle with excessive speed on November 19 when police stopped him. Francis was reportedly clocked doing 88 mph on a road with a 65 mph speed limit. Police indicated that they detected signs of alcohol intoxication, and that Francis declined a field sobriety test. Francis, who was also charged with a felony retaliation, is expected to face burglary-related charges in Florida after a June incident where he was suspected of seizing valuables inside a vehicle parked at a restaurant.

Facing charges related to drunken driving or burglary can be frightening, especially if you are not aware of your rights. However, if you are facing criminal or traffic charges in Columbia, contact a defense attorney at Truslow & Truslow to get to work for you. Learn more about your legal representation today by calling (803) 256-6276.


How a traffic attorney can help you with your traffic violation

Many people today do not believe that traffic attorneys can achieve results, as many drivers know they were directly implicit in breaking the law. However, with the proper legal representation, even if a person is caught red handed, he or she may be able to still have their case dismissed or face reduced charges. Traffic attorneys are able to protect their clients’ rights because the legal process allows many chances to fight charges and achieve favorable results. At Truslow & Truslow, our attorneys have successfully helped many drivers fight off their traffic violations.

How do traffic attorneys fight a traffic violation?

Traffic attorneys take two primary approaches to fighting traffic violations. They first try and locate any errors on the citation that the police officer may have made during the traffic stop. If no such errors exist, an attorney can then begin to negotiate with either police officer or the prosecuting attorney to reach a lower charge.

A knowledgeable Columbia traffic violation attorney will be able to understand the level of leeway that a particular judge will allow, and from there devise a strategy to achieve the better outcome. If a negotiation is not proceeding as planned, the attorney can then threaten to go to trial.

Contact a Columbia Traffic Ticket Attorney

If you or someone you know has recently received a traffic violation, it is imperative to consult a traffic ticket attorney before paying the fine. At Truslow & Truslow, our lawyers strive to help our clients avoid these heavy punishments. Contact our office at (803) 256-6276 to speak with a member of our legal team about your traffic ticket today.


Teenager killed in Rock Hill motorcycle accident

South Carolina Highway Patrol authorities recently confirmed a teenager succumbed to her injuries in Rock Hill after she and another person were involved in a motorcycle accident, a November 4 article of The Herald stated.

The fatality was identified as Heaven Gordon. According to the county’s coroner, she was pronounced dead at the crash scene. Lance Corporal Gary Miller told reports that at about 7:20 p.m. on November 3, a motorcycle, on which Gordon was a passenger, lost control while heading eastbound on Neely Store Road. Gordon and the motorcycle driver, identified as a 21-year-old man, were reportedly thrown from the vehicle. A pickup truck that was in the same lane is responsible for striking the motorcycle driver. Details showed the motorcycle driver and Gordon were both wearing a helmet when the accident happened. The name of the person inside the pickup were not released by authorities.

The attorneys at Truslow & Truslow in Columbia send their deepest thoughts to the family and friends who were devastated by the recent loss of their loved one.


32 busted in SC narcotics raid

Authorities in Horry County stated on November 7 that they recently apprehended 32 people in a drug raid. Furthermore, they have recovered several firearms, thousands of dollars worth of various illegal drugs, and thousands of dollars in cash, an article of News 13 reported.

According to reports, the people arrested, including two juveniles, were charged accordingly and their mugshots were taken. Horry County police reportedly seized heroin worth $24,000, cocaine worth $5,100, marijuana worth $3,000, and crack cocaine worth $1,600. Authorities told reports they also confiscated a Mercedes Benz vehicle and cash worth $10,000. In a press conference, Police Chief Joseph Hill stressed the importance of educating young people while they are in school to help them avoid getting involved in drugs. Hill also said the police continue to find ways to prevent young people from doing drugs.

Facing drug charges can be frightening, especially if you are unaware of the penalties and you are being threatened with imprisonment. However, if this happens to you in Columbia, get in touch with a lawyer at Truslow & Truslow today by calling (803) 256-6276.


Driver in fatal SC pedestrian crash facing charges

Charges were recently filed against a driver in South Carolina who caused a pedestrian accident that killed a college student, an October 30 article of timesunion.com reported.

According to reports, authorities from the City of Conway filed several charges against Edward Lee Washington on October 29 after he fatally struck Ryan Bielawa, 19. Washington, whom authorities charge with driving a vehicle while under the influence and causing death as well as having a suspended license, initially drove away after hitting Bielawa on a commercial street near the Coastal Carolina University. A bail worth $51,234 was set to Washington and he is currently booked at J. Reuben Long Detention Center. State authorities are assisting Conway police in investigating the incident.

Facing charges for crimes such as striking a pedestrian or causing a car accident can be frightening. Contact the Columbia defense attorneys at Truslow & Truslow today by calling (803) 256-6276 for immediate legal representation and to discuss the options you have.


Drunk Driver Sentenced in Fatal Crash that Kills Volunteer Fireman

Pendleton resident Charles Pickens was recently sentenced to 25 years in prison for a 2015 fatality that involved striking and killing a volunteer fireman with his vehicle and leaving the scene. The victim, Kenneth Stanton—a firefighter for the Sandy Springs community— was directing traffic in the aftermath of a previous collision at the time of the incident. Pickens swerved around emergency equipment left behind from the scene of the incident and subsequently hit Stanton, killing him, before hitting a fire truck and fleeing the scene.

Pickens was found later at his home, where he refused a breathalyzer test when prompted by officers. A warrant to test his blood eventually revealed that Pickens blood alcohol concentration was .254 percent—three times the legal limit.

Pickens was sentenced to 25 years, with 15 years of active service and five years of probation under charges of felony DUI with death and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death. Stanton’s family and members of the Sandy Springs fire department attended the plea hearing and remember him as a hero and valuable member of the community.

If you are facing felony DUI charges, you will absolutely need the counsel of qualified criminal defense lawyers. Don’t hesitate to contact the legal team at Truslow & Truslow for support in your case. Call our Columbia offices at (803) 256-6276.


Suspected drunk driver involved in SC fatal crash apprehended

A driver in Myrtle Beach involved in a fatal vehicular accident was recently arrested by authorities because she was under the influence of intoxicants, a report of News 13 reported on October 23rd.

Information coming from the Myrtle Beach Police revealed they arrested Patricia Mary Hale, 58, after she caused an accident on the Highway 17 Bypass. The two-vehicle collision happened after Hale disregarded a traffic sign and struck the vehicle containing two people at the intersection. A passenger from the second vehicle, identified as Samantha Herzig, succumbed to blunt trauma injuries as Hale’s vehicle struck the side of the vehicle where Herzig was seated. Hale, who is currently held on a $15,000 bond, was charged accordingly after telling authorities that she consumed multiple alcoholic beverage prior to the crash.

Facing a felony DUI is frightening experience, especially if there is a fatality involved. Immediately get in touch with the legal team at Truslow & Truslow in Columbia if you need help working past your charges today by calling (803) 256-6276.


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