Whether you know it or not, by driving on South Carolina roads you consent to give samples (i.e. breath, blood and/or urine) for chemical testing if you are under arrest for Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Driving with an Unlawful Alcohol Concentration (DUAC), or Felony DUI (DUI involving death or serious bodily injury). This law is referred to as Implied Consent ("A person who drives a motor vehicle in this State is considered to have given consent to chemical tests of the person's breath, blood, or urine for the purpose of determining the presence of alcohol, drugs, or the combination of alcohol and drugs, if arrested for an offense arising out of acts alleged to have been committed while the person was driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or a combination of alcohol and drugs . . . . If the person is physically unable to provide an acceptable breath sample because the person . . . is unconscious . . . the arresting officer may request a blood sample to be taken. Any additional tests to collect other samples must be collected within three hours of the arrest. S.C. Code Ann. § 56-5-2950 (A) (Supp. 2009)).
Drug charges carry some of the harshest sentencing of any kind of non-violent crime. If you are facing federal drug charges, you are literally facing a fight for your life. A conviction of federal drug charges will most likely involve you spending years and possibly decades of your life behind bars.
Regardless of what you may or may not have done, these charges are almost always extremely unfair. You must act quickly to ensure that your rights remain protected throughout the defense process and make sure that your rights are not violated by the prosecution.
South Carolina is home to devoted legions of racing fans. Our part of the country is fortunate to host several top NASCAR races every year, including at Darlington Raceway in our state. The roar of the engines and the spectacle of stock cars flying around the track has been a tradition throughout the Southeastern United States for decades, and NASCAR is growing in popularity throughout the rest of the nation as well.
When finely tuned machines are traveling so fast, and in close proximity to one another, the potential for danger is always present. Injuries to drivers involved in crashes are often catastrophic, and many drivers have been killed in accidents over the years.
Whether you come into contact with loose dogs at the playground or you're visiting your friend that has a very lazy basset hound, it is important to know what to do in case your child is bitten and how to prevent provocation in the first place. In general, children are more likely to be bitten or attacked by a dog than an adult. Of those bitten, one in five requires medical attention.
It is rare that a dog randomly runs up to people and bites them out of the blue. Usually, it is a reaction to encroaching on the dog's territory, acting in a threatening manner, or causing the dog pain.
An early morning bus crash in Baltimore this month has piqued the worry of workers who rely on public transportation. The accident led to six deaths and 10 injuries, both of which are alarming numbers, but that doesn't tell the whole story related traffic accidents.
The good news for the one in 10 Americans who rely on mass transit, if you will, is that motor vehicle fatalities are 16 times less likely than your chances of having a heart attack. Often times, news media outlets will cherry pick extreme emotional responses to gain empathy and prey on inner subconscious fears. Changing personal habits due to one non-patterned catastrophic event is not good for your mental or emotional wellbeing.
After massive fines, firings and more looming legal cases, it's certain that Wells Fargo won't be the only corporate example of the Department of Justice. Continuing a pattern of cutting the head off the snake, the DOJ issued a memo in 2015 that called for extensive corporate prosecutions.
There was little doubt Wells Fargo's punishment would be severe. The government's approach of going after those at the top followed a pattern that dates back to Enron and WorldCom. There has been a concerted effort of punishing corporate leadership with an increased emphasis on serving time in addition to extensive fines on the company.