The holidays are a time for getting together with family and friends, and alcohol often plays at least some small role in these gatherings. Law enforcement officials are aware of how common alcohol use is at this time of year, and they generally respond with increased officers on the road and traffic checkpoints designed to catch those driving under the influence. If you have been charged with DUI as a result of these efforts, it is important to have an experienced South Carolina DUI attorney on your side to help build a strong defense.
South Carolina DUI Facts
According to Black’s Law Dictionary, the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is one of the most common for drivers to be charged with driving under the influence (DUI). This is in large part due to increased traffic checkpoints, which are generally launched over the evening hours in busy traffic corridors where a high rate of drunk driving is suspected. The idea is that checkpoints can help reduce dangerous DUI related accidents by keeping impaired drivers off the road. In some cases, the police use the element of surprise in apprehending unsuspecting drivers. In others, they may actually publicize where checkpoints are scheduled to be in the immediate future, hoping to encourage drivers to limit their alcohol intake or to use other forms of transportation to get home.
Under the South Carolina Motor Vehicle Code (Section 56-5-2930), you can be cited for DUI if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is over the legal limit of .08 percent. Most people are unaware that you can also be cited for DUI in South Carolina even if you have a lower BAC, if the arresting officers deem you to be under the influence to the degree that your abilities to operate a motor vehicle safely and properly are impaired.
Building A Strong DUI Defense
DUI-related charges in South Carolina carry serious penalties, including fines, mandatory alcohol counseling, the loss of your driving privileges, and a potential jail sentence. Each additional time you are charged with DUI, the penalties you face become more severe. This is why you need an experienced DUI defense attorney on your case. At the Surasky Law Firm, we work to gather the evidence needed to help get your charges dropped or reduced. This includes:
Reviewing the circumstances under which the stop was made
Determining whether the proper procedures were followed during your stop
Reviewing the methods used in conducting BAC testing
Questioning test results and other evidence the state may use against you
Get Help Today
If you received a DUI over the holiday season, contact the Surasky Law Firm, LLC right away. Facing the loss of your license and other DUI penalties is no way to start off 2018. We have the legal knowledge and experience that can help ensure the best possible results in your case. Reach out and request a consultation with our Aiken, SC office today.