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Category Archives: DUI/Traffic Violations

Cops won’t cop to use of quotas

By David Donovan, South Carolina Lawyers Weekly South Carolina’s House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill April 26 that would prohibit police departments from requiring officers to meet quotas for ticket-writing—not that many departments will admit to using quotas as it is. House Bill 4387 would bar quotas for citations, but will still allow departments… Read More »

Supreme Court reinstates DUI conviction based on exceptions to the video-recording requirement

By Phillip Bantz, South Carolina Lawyers Weekly Lack of a drunken driving arrest video or an affidavit from the arresting officer explaining the absence of the recording led a post-conviction relief judge to toss a defendant’s DUI-related convictions. But the South Carolina Supreme Court has reinstated Nathaniel Teamer’s prison sentence after finding that the PCR… Read More »

Can Breathalyzer pass constitutional test?

By Noah Feldman Can you be charged with a crime for refusing to take a Breathalyzer test when stopped on suspicion of drunken driving? It’s hard to think of a constitutional rights question that affects more people. The Supreme Court took it up last week, considering whether the Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable search and… Read More »

Will S.C. lawmakers lick ‘liquorcycle’ exemptions?

By Robert Behre, The Post and Courier South Carolina still provides one legal option for driving drunk, and it’s unclear if state lawmakers will put a cork in it this year. The state’s current moped laws are a lax and confusing hodgepodge that essentially allow those riding motorized scooters with smaller engines to operate as… Read More »

Senate bill could close DUI loophole for defense

By Mayci McLeod A bill discussed today in a state Senate subcommittee could change the way DUI cases are prosecuted. Dash cam footage is vital to a DUI case. It’s the law that DUI stops and field sobriety tests be videotaped and the way the law stands today, if that footage isn’t up to par,… Read More »

Bill creates felony for sober drivers who seriously injure

(AP) — COLUMBIA, S.C. — A driver who seriously injures someone while driving recklessly in South Carolina could be charged with a felony under a bill senators are debating. Republican Sen. Shane Massey of Edgefield says his bill addresses a huge gap in the law, as the current punishment is a six-point traffic ticket. State… Read More »

Driver’s License Amnesty Week is March 16th-20th


Johns Island crash that sparked suspicion of marijuana use ignites talk of ‘drugged driving’ law

By Andrew Knapp, The Post and Courier A traffic crash last summer that left a woman with permanent injuries has inspired a call by Charleston-area officials for new laws that impose harsher penalties on drivers who do drugs before hitting the road. Lauren Grantham, 28, was left with scars, internal injuries and lasting back problems after… Read More »

Clarify and strengthen S.C.’s ‘drugged driving’ laws

By Scarlett Wilson and Greg Mullen “It’s not against the law to drink and drive in South Carolina.” That’s the line many defense attorneys give in opening statements of DUI trials across our state almost every day. And they’re right. Equally disturbing to learn: Getting behind the wheel after consuming illegal drugs is not, in… Read More »

Lawyer’s Signs Raise Questions About DUI Checkpoints

A criminal defense attorney is gaining national attention after his message about DUI checkpoints went viral.  Warren Redlich is a criminal defense attorney based in Boca Raton, Florida. In 2013, he published a book called “Fair DUI” and launched a website of the same name.  Redlich’s message is that when drivers approach a DUI checkpoint, they… Read More »