Archive for July, 2012

Can I be sent to jail for a DUI in South Carolina?

One question I am frequently asked is whether a person can be sentenced to jail for driving under the influence (DUI).  Most people are under the mistaken belief that jail time is not a possible sentence for a DUI conviction.  This is simply not true, even for those convicted of a first offense DUI. A first offense DUI conviction carries…read more →

Ambien As A Defense To DUI?

Former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy's daughter Kerry Kennedy was charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) after she was found in her Lexus slumped over the wheel after apparently hitting a tractor-trailer.  Other motorists said they saw her strike a tractor-trailer and drive off erratically.  Police later found her in her car after she apparently exited the highway with…read more →

DUI Arrest Turns Deadly In A South Carolina County

Highway Patrol Trooper B.O. Stokes is on administrative duty while investigators examine why he shot and killed a suspect that he described as turning violent during a DUI arrest on July 14, 2012.  Sumter County Coroner Harvin Bullock says the motorist, Devin Taylor (25), was shot in the chest and abdomen. The shooting allegedly occurred after Taylor stated struggling with…read more →

Court Ordered Bible Study: SC Woman’s Odd DUI Punishment

A South Carolina woman was given an unusual sentence for felony driving under the influence last month – a mandatory Bible Reading.  Circuit Court Judge Michael Nettles sentenced Cassandra Tolley to eight years in prison, ordered she undergo substance abuse counseling, and also ordered she read the Old Testament Book of Job and write a summary of it.  Ms. Tolley…read more →

Charleston County Deputy Sheriff Has DUI Charge Reduced to Reckless Driving

A Charleston, South Carolina municipal court judge reduced a DUI charge against a Charleston County Deputy Sheriff to reckless driving at a recent court hearing.  Nicholas Wagner, 37, was scheduled to appear in court May 24. Instead, he appeared in front of a judge on May 17 and paid the $445 reckless driving fine on May 23. Charleston police arrested Wagner…read more →

Should I Take The Breathalyzer If Arrested for DUI?

Should I Take The Breathalyzer If Arrested for DUI? As attorneys who handle DUI charges, this is one of the most frequent questions we are asked.  The answer, of course, depends on the situation, but there are some important things you need to know about your right to refuse the breathalyzer test and the consequences that you will face if…read more →