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South Carolina driver arrested after fleeing DUI accident

A 29-year-old South Carolina man was arrested on drunk driving charges early last Wednesday. Police charged him with hit-and-run relating to a car crash that left his friend injured. The man faces charges of second offense DUI, driving with a suspended license and fleeing an accident involving injuries.

Fortunately, the 27-year-old man that was injured did not suffer catastrophic injuries. He was treated at a local hospital and released the following day. The arrested driver also escaped injury, but his criminal record, which includes a DUI conviction from another state, did not escape unscathed. Fortunately, though, the driver will not face felony-level DUI charges, which police originally tried to pin on him, because his friend was not injured badly enough.

South Carolina drug related charges compared to age demographics

The Wall Street Journal has issued a report showing that more elderly Americans than ever are using illegal narcotics. This has resulted in more aging Americans getting arrested for drug-related crimes, and more aging Americans are dying of drug overdoses. Still, when one considers that in its youth, the baby boomer generation had the highest levels of drug use compared to other age demographics, this fact should not be surprising.

Social scientists tend to agree that comparing one generation's drug use to that of another -- when that generation was the same age -- is difficult because unique historical factors influence each generation differently. For example, a group of elderly individuals from the 1800s would be far less likely to abuse prescription drugs than a group of elderly individuals from today. That said, one researcher claims to have untangled the data to reveal how being from a particular birth cohort -- like the baby boomer generation -- could affect an individual's drug use habits.

Helping those accused of underage drinking and driving

If your child has been accused of a crime, it is vital that you know what the potential consequences could be. Indeed, a criminal conviction at an early age could result in severe consequences for the rest of your child's life. These could include being denied a scholarship or student aid money for college or difficulty getting a job due to a having a criminal record.

At the Lord Law Firm, we have a great deal of experience defending underage individuals in drunk driving cases. In South Carolina, it is illegal to drink if you are not 21 years of age or older. As we all know, it is common for young adults to engage in drinking even though they have yet to reach this age. Parents should know that the laws involving underage drinking and driving and the consequences are different than if a person who is 21 or older was accused of DUI.

No state has more speed traps than South Carolina

Do you every find yourself frustrated with all of the speed traps in South Carolina? Do you feel like they're everywhere, waiting for you around every corner? Well, you're not alone. A study has shown that South Carolina actually has more speed traps than any other state in the U.S.

The survey was carried out by the National Motorists Association. To come to these results, they looked at data spanning five years. The survey did take into account that some reports of speed traps could be wrong, and they used control measures to reduce the impact of those reports on the overall results.

Drugged driving defense in South Carolina

South Carolina charges related to drugged driving are different compared to charges relating to driving under the influence of alcohol. In many drunk driving cases, authorities are able to pinpoint an individual's blood alcohol content as over the limit. However, in the case of drugged driving, there may not be any kind of test that can prove whether the driver had the drugs in his or her system or not while driving.

That said, verifiable proof that a substance was present in an individual's bloodstream is not always required to prove that he or she was guilty of drugged driving. Indeed, police might find evidence of illegal drugs or pharmaceuticals inside an accused person's vehicle. They might use that evidence along with evidence from failed field sobriety tests to convict the individual.

How do police detect allegedly drunk drivers?

Law enforcement officers are constantly patrolling the roadways to enforce the rules of the road. One of the most common things they look out for are people who might be operating their vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. So, how do police identify suspects to pull over for drunk driving offenses?

The primary thing that officers look for is erratic driving behavior. If a police officer notices a driver speeding, swerving, driving too slowly, failing to yield to other vehicles or failing to stop, the driver could be pulled over for further investigation. Just because an individual is pulled over for strange driving behavior, though, does not mean that an arrest will occur. If the diver offers a legitimate excuse for the erratic driving, for example, then he might be let off the hook with just a warning or a minor ticket.

How can parents support teens not to engage in underage drinking?

All South Carolina parents want the best for their teenager, and sometimes, it takes clear communication to teach teenagers the information they need to so they stay on the right track with their growth and development. One vital topic where clear communication is needed involves underage drinking. How can parents effectively convince their teens not to engage in this kind of behavior?

The best approach for parents to take involves building a supportive and trusting relationship with their children. Research shows that teenagers tend to delay participating in illegal alcohol consumption if they have a close and trusting relationship with their guardian or parent. Also, even if the teenager does participate in underage drinking, having a good relationship with his or her parents may help prevent the teen from having serious problems with alcohol later on down the road.

Do I need a criminal defense attorney for a traffic citation?

Whether it is a speeding offense, a drunk driving charge or just running a red light, traffic violations are the most common way that South Carolina residents find themselves in trouble with the law. Indeed, traffic offenses are one of the few criminal violations that an extremely honest, up-standing and rule-abiding citizen might find him or herself being charged with, even if the person was trying his or her best to follow the law. That is because people often break traffic laws by accident when they do not mean to and this can result in serious criminal consequences.

In addition to traffic citations and speeding tickets that happen after a driver accidentally breaks the law, many drivers are also accused of violations that they never even committed. No matter what the case happens to be relating to your traffic citation, a criminal defense attorney with experience in traffic defense can help.

Vital drunk driving statistics

Drunk driving accidents happen every day in South Carolina and the rest of the United States. Sometimes, simply knowing the facts and figures relating to drunk driving is enough to motivate people to avoid drinking and driving. However, no matter how careful one is when out with friends, it is still quite easy to mistakenly get behind the wheel when you think it is still safe to drive.

Believe it or not, an average of 30 people are killed every single day in the United States after being involved in a drunk driving-related automobile crash. A total of 10,322 DUI-related fatalities happened in 2012, representing about 31 percent of traffic deaths that year.

What are the punishments related to a cocaine-related drug crime?

A large portion of cocaine-related arrests in South Carolina happen after police perform a routine traffic stop. During a traffic stop, if police have reason to suspect a driver may have contraband materials inside his or her automobile, they can order a search of the car. This is when authorities might discover drugs like cocaine inside the vehicle.

Individuals who are arrested and accused of cocaine possession, may wish to familiarize themselves with the law and potential punishments associated with this drug crime.

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