Have You Been Charged With a DUI in the Myrtle Beach or Surrounding Areas?
Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or other impairing drugs is a crime punishable by fines, suspension of a driver’s license, probation, community service and imprisonment across all 50 states. DUI laws make it unlawful for a person to operate a car, truck, commercial vehicle or motorcycle if the driver’s ability to drive is impaired by the use of alcohol and/or drugs or the driver is intoxicated at a level above established DUI standards. In Myrtle Beach South Carolina, you are over the legal limit of intoxication if your BAC (blood alcohol concentration) is .08 or above.
If you are pulled over on suspicion of driving while intoxicated in Myrtle Beach, the police officer will likely seek to conduct an array of field sobriety tests. Some common field sobriety tests include: walking a straight line, following an officer’s finger with your eyes, and balancing on one foot. The officer may also ask you to submit to a breathalyzer test. The breathalyzer test will measure your blood alcohol concentration. If you fail any of the tests given by the police officer, you may be detained. It is not necessary that you blow a .08 to be arrested on DUI charges. The arresting officer just needs some proof whether it is in the form of a field sobriety test or a breathalyzer test that your driving abilities are impaired by the use of alcohol/and or drugs.
The penalties for a DUI conviction depend upon many factors including: whether you are a first time offender or a repeat offender, whether someone was injured, whether a commercial vehicle was being used at the time, whether a child was in the car at the time, whether property damage was caused, and whether the person operating the vehicle was under the legal drinking age at the time of the accident.
By hiring experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Lovely Law Firm, you are ensuring your legal rights are protected. The Lovely Law Firm can evaluate your DUI case. A DUI case can turn on proof that the officer did not properly conduct field sobriety tests, the breathalyzer test results were inaccurate, the suspect was not given proper Miranda warnings before his arrest, or the officer did not have probable cause to make an arrest.
Call the Lovely Law Firm today to set up a consultation regarding your DUI case at 843-839-4111.