The act of operating a motor vehicle with impaired faculties is the definition of driving under the influence. A DUI encompasses driving under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs or illegal substances and can even mean legal prescription drugs. You have breached your statutory and common law duty if you cannot drive as a prudent driver would operate a vehicle because you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The question that encompasses a DUI charge is, was your condition such that you could not drive with due regard for yourself and others? The criminal offense of a DUI can be a misdemeanor or a felony. Most commonly, you’ll find that felony charges arise where the DUI was accompanied by bodily injury or property damage. But, you may also be facing felony DUI charges if you are a repeat offender or based on your BAC level.
In South Carolina, for your first misdemeanor DUI offense, you may face 48 hours of public service employment, 30 days in jail or a $400 fine. If your blood alcohol level is .10% but less than .16%, public service employment may reach 72 hours, 30 days in jail or a $500 fine. The criminal penalties increase for your second, third, or more DUI offense. Conviction of a second or subsequent offense requires suspension and surrender of your motor vehicle registration and license plate for all of your vehicles.
Up to this point, it sounds like a lot of bad news for people facing DUI charges. But, the good news is, there are multiple defenses that your local attorney Daniel Selwa can argue in your defense so that you do not face these criminal penalties. For instance, the police may have conducted an improper breathalyzer test. Also, the police may have failed to inform you of your rights before placing you under arrest. Perhaps, the police didn’t have reasonable suspicion to pull you over, if that’s the case, then the stop is illegal and the evidence seized from the stop is not admissible.
The key is, to let Daniel Selwa investigate your case. If you aren’t a practicing attorney, it’s likely that you don’t fully understand your legal rights and the defenses that may be available for your case. Daniel Selwa is an experienced criminal attorney who is very familiar with DUI cases. Contact him today for a free consultation.