South Carolina Police Officer Faces DUI charge

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Anyone that is charged with drunk driving in Lexington, South Carolina faces severe penalties if convicted and may need to hire an attorney or law firm. These penalties may include fines, license suspension and potentially jail time. But when a law enforcement officer is facing a DUI charge, the consequences may turn out to be worse. I could mean a career ending mistake.

This is the possibility now facing a 29-year-old Myrtle Beach Police officer who was arrested after an accident in which his vehicle flipped. The incident happened around 10 p.m. An off-duty officer with the Coastal Carolina University Police claims he saw the driver climb out of the vehicle through a window. He told Highway Patrol officers that the driver appeared to have been intoxicated.

According to the Highway Patrol’s report, the driver admitted he’d had three beers. The officers allegedly found some empty beer cans in the vehicle. The driver produced identification showing he was a Myrtle Beach Police officer. The arresting officers claim the man failed a field sobriety test. When he was taken to the county jail he refused a breath test. He was charged with DUI and an open container violation.

Refusing a breath test results in an automatic six-month license suspension. South Carolina drivers have a right to refuse a breath test, however. The suspension can be challenged in an administrative hearing before the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Without a breath test the prosecution will have to rely on other evidence, including the field sobriety tests, to get a conviction. Defense counsel can challenge the accuracy of field sobriety test results, especially when the suspect has just been in a serious accident and may be shaken up by the experience.

If you are facing DUI or DWI charges you may need to hire a criminal defense attorney. Our Lexington, SC law firm can provide competent legal representation to those facing DUI or DWI charges.

Source: WBTW.com, “Myrtle Beach Policeman flipped vehicle, charged with DUI and open container, Troopers say,” AJ Janavel, Feb. 11, 2015

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