Drinking During the Summer and DUI Enforcement
It’s always great to be in Charleston SC during the summer. It gets hot, very hot. Summertime drinking is a natural part along with low country boils and outdoor parties. Folly Beach and the Isle of Palms have awesome beaches, and Mount Pleasant has some of the best sunsets in the area. But along with summertime drinking also comes with more DUI enforcement and arrests. This is our busy tourist season. Lots of families come from all over the country to visit, and we want them to feel welcome and safe. That’s what keeps them coming back year after year. The police also want to protect our tourism trade and step up DUI checkpoints and stops for suspected drunk driving so that our roads remain safe. It is also predictable that more DUI arrests will be made as more people tend to frequent restaurants and bars during this time of year. Be careful when you are out and about. There are plenty of local cabs available for those who need help getting back to their hotels or home. For those who live here, designate a driver or call a friend. But don’t get behind the wheel and take the chance. It’s not worth it.
What to Do if Arrested for DUI
For those who don’t follow the advice above, we are here to help you if arrested and charged with a Charleston SC DUI. In our view, SC DUI laws are reasonably fair, certainly by comparison to other states. The primary difference between our DUI laws and others is Section 56-5-2953, or the “video statute.” This law is fair to both the State and any person charged with DUI. If followed, this law mandates that everything relevant is preserved on video for review later by police, DUI defense lawyers, judges, and juries. Every police vehicle in SC is required to have video surveillance equipment. It is activated when the blue lights are acitivated and is to remain in use throughout the investigation process, administration of field sobriety testing, and arrest, including the reading of Miranda warnings. Then, once at the police station, the law again requires the entire breath testing procedure be recorded, including the explanation of your implied consent rights, warm up procedure of the breathalyzer and breath testing. Nothing could be more fair. Any statements made outside of those critical periods really does not matter. Even trial testimony is not really necessary as all relevant events have been preserved for everyone to see for themselves.
If you do get arrested for a Charleston SC area DUI, give us a call as soon as possible. We are available to speak with you throughout the week, including weekends and even holidays. We can give you some initial advice and potential options. Later, we can sit down and go over the particulars of your case. Enjoy the summer but be safe.