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THIS INFORMATION IS IN NO WAY IS INTENDED TO ENCOURAGE, APPROVE OF OR ASSIST AN IMPAIRED DRIVER. THIS INFORMATION IS STRICTLY INTENDED TO LIMIT INNOCENT PARTIES WHO ARE NOT IMPAIRED FROM BEING FALSELY ACCUSED OF DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL.

To avoid appearing that you are driving while impaired, always:

  • Keep a copy your insurance card and registration together in an easy to access place. When an officer pulls you over, you should always have your license, registration and insurance card ready for them by the time they reach the window of your vehicle.
  • Once you provide the officer these documents, answer the questions the officer asks with short, succinct responses. Remember: An officer's questions are designed to test impairment through an impaired parties' limited ability to concentrate on two things at once so they often times will ask confusing questions. For example, an officer may request that a person say the alphabet starting with the letter E and stopping at the letter S. This forces a person to not only concentrate on the alphabet from E to S but it also forces the person to remember when to stop.
  • REMEMBER: Under S.C. law, it is not illegal to drink alcohol and drive a vehicle. It is illegal to drink alcohol and drive a vehicle if your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .08 or greater. If the officer asks for you to step out of the vehicle after you have presented your license, registration and insurance, and you have answered all of the officer's questions, and you believe there is ANY chance that you may be driving with a B.A.C. of greater than .08, then refuse to take the any field sobriety test.
  • After you have been placed under arrest, you will be taken to an observation room prior to the officer requesting to blow in order to determine whether your BAC is .08 or greater. DO NOT BLOW if you believe there is ANY chance that your BAC may be .08 or more. Although the officer will advise you that your refusal will result in an automatic six month suspension of your license, you can always appeal the suspension within thirty days from the date of arrest which will allow you to get a temporary license until the hearing date that is usually at least two months from the appeal date allowing you to drive during that time. In addition, if the officer were to not show up or if the officer will agree, many times the administrative suspension can be dismissed or continued so that your driving privileges are never suspended.

REMEMBER: It is never a good idea to even have a single drink and drive a vehicle regardless of the legality of doing so. However, depending on a person's weight, gender, fat/muscle content, metabolic rate including exercise, how much a person has eaten prior to or simultaneously with the consumption of alcohol, the rate of consumption of alcohol, the type of alcohol as well as many other factors can cause variations in a specific person's BAC at a specific time. Furthermore, a party's BAC rises as the body digests the alcohol consumed so a person may not be impaired at the time of driving but by the time the person blows, which could be up to an hour or more after the arrest, their BAC may register .08 or greater even though they were not impaired at the time they were driving. Therefore, do yourself a favor, follow these easy tips to avoid being wrongfully arrested for driving while impaired. But if you do get arrested, CALL ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, AT ANY HOUR 24/7 at (843)789-3620.