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Woman charged with DUI after driving into ravine

On Feb. 6, an incident occurred in Bluffton that resulted in charges of driving under the influence for a woman from Hardeeville, South Carolina. The woman reportedly woke up in her car, which had been turned upside-down and was situated in a creek.

The woman was reported to have had a BAC level more than three times the legal limit, measuring in at 0.25 percent. According to authorities, the woman's speech was slurred and her eyes were glassy. It was also reported that the woman smelled of alcohol.

In the woman's initial reports, she allegedly told investigators that she had been the victim of assault. However, she later admitted to having woken up inside her car, which had overturned when the woman allegedly drove off a ledge into a 22-foot ravine.

In some cases, accidents that seem as though they have been caused by a drunk driver may have actually been caused when the driver suffers an adverse medical event. In other cases, a vehicle malfunction can result in an accident. If someone faces charges for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, a DUI defense attorney may be able to construct a strategy in order to defend against the charges.

In cases in which it seems that the accused has a strong chance of being convicted, an attorney may instead choose to pursue a plea deal. In exchange for a guilty plea, the accused individual may be able to avoid jail time and instead accept a lighter sentence of probation, community service and drug or alcohol education courses.

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