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How does the state of South Carolina define DUI?

Like in other states, South Carolina considers drunk driving a serious violation; offenders not only endanger themselves but also the lives of innocent drivers and pedestrians around them. Drivers might get a ticket or, more likely, authorities could arrest and further penalize them if they have been found out to be under the influence of intoxicants past the legal limit. Drivers should know the following information on how the state define DUI:

  • Blood Alcohol Concentration of 0.08 percent or above is considered illegal
  • It is illegal for drivers whose age is below 21 years old to drive if their BAC is 0.02 percent or above
  • It is illegal for Commercial Drivers License bearers to drive a vehicle if their BAC is 0.04 percent or above

Drivers should know that they may need to settle hefty fines or they may serve imprisonment if authorities find out that they are driving a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants. More serious penalties could be imposed for offending drivers who have been involved in vehicular accidents that resulted in personal injuries.

If you have been arrested for DUI, the Columbia attorneys at Truslow & Truslow may work for you. Find out how today by calling (803) 256-6276.


Administrative penalties imposed to DUI offenders in SC

Vehicle drivers may face administrative penalties in South Carolina if authorities catch them driving a vehicle while under the influence (DUI). DUI offenders are penalized because they endanger other motorists and themselves when they decide to drink and drive.

Administrative penalties are often imposed on DUI violators or those who refuse to undergo chemical testing and have decided to argue the case. For first-time DUI offenders, their license could be suspended for six months—longer if their Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is 0.15 percent or more. Second and third time DUI offenders, on the other hand, could have their drivers’ license suspended for a longer period of time. DUI offenders will then need to finish a course from the Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) and should settle a $100 fee to have their license validated again. DUI violators will also be required to secure SR22 insurance for three years once they have their license back following a suspension.

DUI offenders should also note that aside from administrative penalties, criminal penalties could also be imposed upon them if their actions resulted in serious physical injuries or property damage. The Truslow & Truslow lawyers in Columbia understand the repercussions of a DUI. If you are facing such a charge, call us today at (803) 256-6276 to find out how we may work for you.


Lexington woman facing DUI charges after fatal car accident

Police are blaming a car accident that killed one person last Thursday night on a woman they say was intoxicated.

According to a report released by the Lexington Police Department, the accident was caused when alleged drunk driver Nicole Marie Wilson, 29, drove through a red light and crashed into another vehicle that was passing through the intersection on the 4200 block of Sunset Boulevard. The accident occurred shortly after 11:00 p.m.

Wilson is facing a charge of felony driving under the influence involving death and has been placed into the Lexington County Detention Center.


Troy Hill busted over intoxicated driving suspicion

NFL cornerback Troy Hill was taken into custody on November 19, due to suspicions that he was driving while under the influence of intoxicants, causing an accident in Los Angeles, an article from CBS Los Angeles reported.

According to reports, at around 8:00 a.m., an officer of the California Highway Patrol responded to a collision where the 25-year-old Hill struck the rear portion of a truck. Hill reportedly had noticeable signs of intoxication, authorities said. Hill was then taken into custody in and he was later discharged after posting a bail bond worth $15,000.

Facing charges related to intoxicated driving is serious, and it can happen to anyone. A DUI can have lifelong implications, especially if you cause injury to somebody. If you or someone you know is facing DUI charges in Columbia, SC, immediately call a lawyer at Truslow & Truslow to ensure you have the best possible defense.Learn more about your legal options today by calling (803) 256-6276.


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.


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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