In South Carolina, it is unlawful for a person to drive a motor vehicle within this State while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or a combination of alcohol and drugs to the extent that the person's faculties to drive a motor vehicle are materially and appreciably impaired. Notice that it is not illegal simply to drink alcohol and operate a motor vehicle. To be found guilty of DUI you must be impaired by alcohol or drugs to the point that your abilities to drive are materially impaired.
When you are pulled over by a police officer and he suspects you have been driving under the influence, he must collect evidence to show that not only you have been drinking, but have consumed alcohol to the point that you are too impaired to drive. He does this by observing your conduct, including speech and balance, asking you to perform field sobriety tests, and asking you provide breath, blood, or urine samples to determine your blood alcohol content.
Many police officers in Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley Counties involved in DUI investigation have undergone extensive training on how to gather this evidence and how to present it at trial. However, no one is perfect, including police officers, and officers can make mistakes when collecting evidence and administering field sobriety and breath tests.
If you have been charged with DUI in Charleston, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Summerville, Goose Creek, Hanahan, James Island, West Ashley, Daniel Island, Folly Beach or the surrounding areas, give our DUI Lawyer a call to discuss your case free of charge. Contact Us Now
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