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What is the SC Ignition Interlock Device Program?
The Ignition Interlock Device (IID) Program is part of "Emma's Law" that was enacted in October 2014. A significant part of this law concerns the use of Ignition Interlock Devices for certain people convicted of drunk driving/DUI offenses. This article explains who MUST enroll in the Ignition Interlock Program, who CAN enroll in the Program, how long a driver must stay in the Program, and the penalties for violating the Program.
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Are DUI & License Checkpoints Legal in South Carolina?
In South Carolina, law enforcement may briefly stop drivers at a checkpoint or a roadblock for the limited purpose of verifying a driver's license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance. Also, authorities may set up checkpoints to detect drunk drivers. In this article, we examine the laws and the procedures in South Carolina regarding license and DUI checkpoints, your legal rights, and what to do if you're stopped at a checkpoint in South Carolina.
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Free Book on DUI in South Carolina ▪ Charleston DUI Lawyer
Our Charleston DUI Lawyers wrote this ebook, "DUI in South Carolina" as an insightful guide for drivers. Free on the iTunes® Bookstore or as a PDF. Updated through 2015.
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How an Airbag Can Effect Your Breath Test in a DUI
If you're involved in an auto accident, and the police suspect that you've consumed ANY amount of alcohol, chances are you'll be arrested for DUI. Our Charleston DUI defense lawyers explain the reasons why an accident can actually make it HARDER for the prosecution to show that you're guilty of DUI.
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DUI Defense Lawyers in Charleston - Futeral & Nelson LLC
In a study conducted by Clemson University, police officers said that 32% of the test subjects failed field sobriety tests. All of the test ...
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At Futeral & Nelson, LLC, we're Charleston lawyers with over 30 years of combined experience with family law, criminal defense, and personal injury claims. Remember that the right lawyer makes the right difference. Contact Futeral & Nelson, LLC and find out why we're the right attorneys in Charleston, South Carolina for you. Call 843-284-5500 or visit us at http://www.charlestonlaw.net.
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SC Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) | Charleston Law
South Carolina drivers who possess a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) are scrutinized more than non-commercial drivers. The inability to drive for any length of time can ruin a commercial driver’s finances. This article explains the impact a DUI or other traffic offenses have on a CDL.
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What is a Felony DUI in South Carolina?
In South Carolina, a DUI that involves bodily injury or the death of another person is a felony DUI. A felony DUI differs from a DUI in both the proof of the offense and the penalties for a conviction. This articles explains what you need to know about felony DUI in South Carolina.
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Emma's Law & Interlock Ignition Devices in SC
Our Governor signed a bill referred to as “Emma’s Law” that takes effect on October 1, 2014. The purpose of Emma’s Law, named for a young girl who lost her life in a drunk driving car crash, is to stiffen the consequences of South Carolina’s driving under the influence (DUI) laws. This article examines the changes including requirements to install an interlock ignition device for drivers convicted of DUI.
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Stephan Futeral's and Thomas Nelson's new book, “DUI in South Carolina – Piecing It All Together,” is available for free on the iTunes® Bookstore. This book is an informative and an insightful guide for drivers.
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Does a High Breath Test Mean You're Guilty of DUI?
Does a High Breath Test Reading Mean You're Guilty of As Charleston DUI lawyers, we are sometimes asked whether a person is guilty of DUI if they gave a high reading (above .08) on a breath test. The short answer to this question is “no,” you are NOT automatically guilty.
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How Much Does a DUI Cost in South Carolina?
*The Cost of a DUI in South Carolina* Our DUI defense attorneys often asked how much it costs if you're charged with a DUI. This article details all of those costs such as attorney's fees, vehicle impound costs, ADSAP, and much more.
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How to Defend a DUI South Carolina
As a DUI defense lawyer in Charleston, South Carolina, I’m oftentimes asked about the “process,” from start to finish, after someone is arrested for DUI. This article provides an overview of the process for someone charged with DUI 1st offense in South Carolina.
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The 5 Most Important Lessons I've Learned as a Lawyer
I've been a lawyer for over 20 years. That means I've spent nearly half of my life helping some truly remarkable people and dealing with legal circumstances that range from life's greatest tragedies to situations that transcend absurdity. Surely I've learned a few lessons along the way, right? For what it is worth, I've distilled all of those years into 5 simple, yet important, lessons that life has taught me. I hope these help you too.
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What Happens if I Refuse or Take a Breath Test in South Carolina?
Driving in South Carolina is a privilege, not a right. By driving on SC's roads, a person has given his or her "implied consent" to submit to breath, blood, or urine testing for the purpose of determining the presence of alcohol, drugs, or both if the person is arrested for DUI or DUAC. This article covers everything you need to know about implied consent in South Carolina.