DUI / Drunk Driving
DUI is a complex area of law, with many legal and factual issues including the science of alcohol testing, the administration of field sobriety tests, and the effects of physical conditions caused by illnesses or medications. Driving Under the Influence (DUI) not only refers to drunk driving but also to driving under the influence of illegal drugs.
It is not illegal in South Carolina to drink and drive. We've all seen the ads on the television touting the slogans, "you drink and drive, you lose," "sober or slammer," or "Zero tolerance is the law." Certainly, no-one should be behind the wheel if they are intoxicated to the extent that they cannot safely operate their vehicle. But, contrary to the beliefs of some law enforcement officers, it is not against the law simply to have a drink and then drive.
In order to convict you of driving under the influence, the State must prove beyond any reasonable doubt: that you were driving, and that while you were driving you were intoxicated to the extent that your ability to drive was materially and substantially impaired.
If you have been charged with DUI in South Carolina you have the right to a jury trial; and you can and should contest the charges against you. Call our Myrtle Beach office at 843-444-6122 or contact us online for more information about how we can help.