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Son of drunk driving law advocate arrested for DUI

The son of a South Carolina politician who was a staunch advocate of recently passed DUI legislation has been arrested for drunk driving himself. That man, age 25, was pulled over for speeding when officers noticed a strong smell of alcohol. The defendant was charged with first offense DUI with a blood alcohol content level of less than 0.08 percent, according to official reports.

Authorities say that the man's father has been a staunch supporter of "Emma's Law," a new mandate that increases penalties for first-offense drunk drivers, among others. The new mandate will require ignition interlock devices for repeat offenders. Those devices will also be required for certain first-time offenders, according to news reports.

The defendant in this case was reportedly arrested on March 30 after apparently driving at 58 mph in a 45 mph zone. He was taken to a detention center, where he opted into a breath test refusal. The driver told officers that he had consumed two high-alcohol beers before leaving his job that evening.

It is not clear whether the man will be eligible for the additional penalties that may now be levied after Emma's Law has passed. That mandate is named after a child who was killed during a New Year's Day accident in 2012, when the vehicle in which she was riding was struck by a repeat drunk driving offender. That driver has been sentenced to nine years' prison time.

Although the defendant in this case is unlikely to face such hefty penalties, he could still be saddled with serious consequences because of the drunk driving charge. South Carolina residents who have been accused of drunk driving have specific rights that should be protected in court. An attorney may be able to provide these defendants with additional resources about their legal rights and options.

Source: WISTV, "Son of town councilman, Emma's Law supporter charged with DUI" Jason Old, Mar. 31, 2014

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