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Important Terms You Are Likely to Hear As You Fight Your South Carolina DUI Charges

Once you’ve made the smart choice to hire a skilled Richland County DUI attorney, you’re going to hear a lot of different words and phrases being thrown around that you may not understand. Here are some important phrases to remember:

Implied Consent: When you received your South Carolina Driver’s license, you have agreed to submit to chemical testing if you are pulled over by a police officer. You can get into a lot of trouble by refusing a chemical test.

Zero Tolerance: This refers to South Carolina’s underage drinking laws. If an underage driver’s BAC is 0.02 or above during his or her DUI arrest, he or she will have their license suspended for 3 to 6 months. If an underage driver has previous DUI convictions, he or she could lose their license for a year.

Open Container Law: It is illegal in South Carolina to have an open container of alcohol in any moving vehicle, except for in the trunk.

Sober or Slammer: This is the name of the anti-DUI campaign in South Carolina, run by the Department of Public Safety.

Miranda Rights: When a suspect is arrested, the officer must let him or her know that they have the right to remain silent and anything he or she says can be used against them in a court of law. The officer must also inform a suspect the right to an attorney.


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