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What happens if I refuse a breath test in South Carolina?

Getting convicted for driving under the influence can have a significant effect on your life. Your driving privileges will be affected, you could lose your job, and your relationships with your family and friends may not be the same. In addition, increased vehicle insurance rates will likely happen. This doesn't even include the penalties from the conviction.

You may wonder if not taking the breath test is a better option than possibly providing proof to the police that you are intoxicated. If you refuse to take a breath test in South Carolina, your driving privileges will be suspended for six months.

DUI defense and how to avoid serious consequences

It doesn't matter if you live in South Carolina or another state, you know that drinking and driving is against the law. You also know that being arrested for this crime can lead to a variety of consequences, all of which can alter your life now and in the future.

A convicted individual will automatically have his or her driver's license revoked. Additionally, the state of South Carolina imposes a mandatory 48-hour prison sentence as well as a fine of roughly $1,000.

What is armed robbery in South Carolina?

In our blog post last week, we discussed a case in which a man was accused of robbing an armored truck. That post might have some of our readers wondering how that could be classified as a robbery. In South Carolina, Article 5 of the state's code covers burglary, housebreaking, robbery and similar crimes.

What is an armed robbery?

Man allegedly plans robbery of Myrtle Beach armored truck service

A man from Horry County, South Carolina, is in jail after federal authorities learned of his alleged plot to rob an armored truck service in Myrtle Beach. According to reports, the man is facing a charge for conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act Robbery. He reportedly waived his right to a bond hearing.

According to the criminal complaint, the man allegedly spoke with an Army reservist about his plan. The man allegedly wanted to rob Garda Cash Logistics because he was once employed there. He reportedly said he knew the armored truck codes and that there could be as much as $30 million for them to take on the weekends. However, the man's alleged plan didn't stop there.

Drug crimes, trafficking and the law

Every year, there are many types of drug crimes committed in South Carolina as well as every other state throughout the country.

Drug trafficking is a big problem, and is considered more serious than drug possession. While not always the case, somebody in possession of drugs could also be charged with trafficking if authorities have reason to believe that there is intent to sell.

Can a car accident cause a dislocated shoulder?

When you get into a car accident, there is a chance that you might end up with a shoulder injury. A T-bone accident, for example, might cause your shoulder to slam up against the door of the vehicle. A head-on crash might jar your shoulder. In either case, it is possible for you to suffer from a dislocated shoulder. Our South Carolina readers might like to know more about dislocated shoulders.

What is a dislocated shoulder?

Wrongful death lawsuits have many twists and turns

The thought of being involved in a fatal accident is something most people don't want to consider. Even so, they realize that taking to the roadway, for instance, puts them in danger.

If a loved one is killed in an accident, regardless of the nature, it is essential to learn as much as possible about your legal rights. You have a lot going on at this point, such as caring for the rest of your family and mourning your loved one's death. At the same time, as you learn more about South Carolina wrongful death laws, you will begin to formulate a plan for the future.

DUI accident leads to prison sentence for teen

On April 13, a crash between a Volkswagen and a pickup truck in Myrtle Beach ended the life of the driver of the Volkswagen. The pickup truck driver was arrested for driving under the influence and other charges.

On Nov. 12, the 18-year-old driver of the pickup pleaded guilty to felony driving under the influence and reckless homicide. According to an April 23 article on myhorrynews.com, the teen was originally charged with felony DUI with great bodily injury, felony DUI with death results and possession of 28 grams or less of marijuana or 10 grams or less of hash.

Pedestrian versus car accidents have a variety of causes

We have often covered a variety of car accidents, bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents and other types of accidents. One type of accident that can prove to be especially devastating is a pedestrian accident. When you think about a pedestrian being hit by a car, you can likely imagine the devastation that occurs to the pedestrian's body. Broken bones, internal injuries, head trauma, spinal cord injuries and even death are all possible when a pedestrian is hit by a car. Our South Carolina readers might like to know a little more about pedestrian accidents.

Pedestrian accidents are caused by a variety of factors. A driver not paying attention to what is going on around them might lead to a pedestrian being hit. A pedestrian might decide to cross the street in a crosswalk and end up getting hit by a car. In these cases, the pedestrian might decide to seek compensation from the driver who struck them.

Wiretaps lead to dogfighting, cocaine arrests in South Carolina

At the beginning of October, local law enforcement and agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation served a search warrant on a property in Lexington, South Carolina. That warrant led to authorities seizing almost three dozen pit bulls, guns, drugs and cash.

According to authorities, the property was set up to train the animals for dogfighting. Many of the pit bulls were dehydrated and emaciated, having been tied up to car axles outside in the woods. Trashcans were reportedly used as shelter for the dogs. Investigators also found the remains of several deceased dogs on the property.

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