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High costs involved with DUI convictions

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety is engaged in an enhanced enforcement effort that is aimed at drunk driving during the 2016 holiday season. The stepped-up enforcement drive is scheduled to last through New Year's Day. As a part of its efforts, the department is airing a public service announcement in order to get people to think about the potential consequences of DUIs before they go out to celebrate.

The advertisement picks up from where the department's Labor Day commercial left off. It focuses on the financial costs associated with a DUI and shows a person as he goes through court. In 2015, 10 people were killed in South Carolina in accidents involving drunk drivers during the holidays. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 301 people died in accidents involving drunk drivers in South Carolina during 2015.

The advertisement reminds people about the many costs that are associated with drunk driving convictions. People may have to pay a bail bondsman to get released from jail. They may also have fines assessed against them, have to pay higher costs for insurance, pay for the installation of ignition interlock devices, pay court costs and attorney fees and pay for the cost of an alcohol and drug education program. There are also numerous other potential costs when people are convicted of drunk driving.

A person who is charged with a DUI may want to consider fighting against the allegation rather than simply pleading guilty to it. It is sometimes possible to negotiate a plea to a reduced charge or sentence. In some cases, police officers make errors during DUI stops and arrests that people may be able to challenge in court. Testing errors involving breathalyzer tests and blood tests also sometimes happen. A criminal defense attorney who is experienced with DUI cases may look for these mistakes and challenge any that can be found.

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