Communities Cracking Down On DUI

Many South Carolina communities have struggled with budgetary problems during the most recent recession. Some essential services have been shut down or reduced because there is simply not enough money left to cover their costs. When new issues arise that need to be addressed, officials have to look in other places for additional revenues to help with these expenses.

In Lexington County, law enforcement officers had been concerned about the growing number of traffic fatalities. The Lexington County Sheriff's Department recently received a grant that will allow for an increased focus on motorists thought to be driving under the influence.

The extra funds will permit more officers to be on roadways looking for impaired drivers. This means more DUI checkpoints, as well as more overtime for officers engaging in these efforts. The county is also running a safety campaign that includes billboards warning motorists of the potential penalties for DUI.

With these extra patrols, it is expected that more individuals will be facing DUI charges. Penalties for these offenses often include the loss of a driver's license for at least six months, with significant costs before it will be reinstated. Additionally, drivers may face jail time if convicted.

Those with repeat offenses on their records will face even more severe penalties. More jail time is possible, and the period of time that a license will be suspended also will increase dramatically.

Some of these motorists will be required to install ignition interlock devices on their vehicles. These devices prohibit the operation of a motor vehicle if any alcohol is detected on the person's breath.

Being arrested on suspicion of DUI is an extremely serious matter. You need to know there are things you can do to protect yourself from the harsh consequences of a conviction. Discuss your claims with an experienced criminal defense attorney to help begin preparing a defense to these allegations.

Prosecutors will have significant resources at their disposal when pursuing these charges against you. Many of these arrests are videotaped, and this can be difficult evidence to overcome. You need someone who can review the police officers' actions to ensure that they followed proper procedures during your stop and subsequent arrest.

A conviction for DUI will change your entire life. It is important that you understand that you need to protect yourself during this process and that you have someone who is looking out for your best interests.