Charleston South Carolina Legal Blog

Could you guard your teen from the temptation of drugs?

As the parent of a teenager, you likely have many worries. Soon your child may start dating more seriously, learn to drive and have many new experiences. While many of these actions can help your child thrive and grow as an individual, you may also worry that peer pressure or other actions could land him or her into serious trouble.

In particular, you may have concerns about your child potentially trying drugs, developing an abuse problem or even stealing your prescriptions. Unfortunately, teen drug use is a reality, and it may prove wise to take preventative measures even before you suspect your child of such activities.

Sobriety checkpoints: What to expect

You may already know that sobriety checkpoints are legal here in South Carolina. Police typically set up these checkpoints on weekends, holidays, in the early morning hours and at night when they suspect more people will be driving under the influence. They often set them up around places providing entertainment and alcohol.

Ordinarily, officers require reasonable suspicion to initiate a traffic stop. Even though officers may stop your vehicle without reasonable suspicion through a sobriety checkpoint, that doesn't mean that you waive your constitutional rights.

Can being a "lightweight" lead to DUI charges?

Back in your college days, you probably knew someone who others often kidded for not being able to handle his or her liquor. People often use the term, "lightweight" while they poke fun at friends who appear to get tipsy without having more than a beer or glass of wine. 

There is no definitive way to predict how alcohol will affect people. What is just the right amount for one person (without being intoxicating, that is) may leave another feeling light-headed or giddy. 

How to stay safe on New Year's Eve

If you visit a local courthouse in the Charleston area in January, you could see someone who is in court for a New Year's Eve that went awry.

Dealing with a DUI charge can be an embarrassing and expensive footnote to what otherwise was a great evening. But a night out with your friends doesn't need to end badly. Here are tips on how to remain safe:

Retaining possession of your future by forming a strong defense

Being accused of a drug-related crime can be a stressful and daunting experience. Allegations alone could place your reputation at risk, and with the potential weight of a conviction looming overhead, you might be wondering how best to approach the situation.

Even a first offense for drug possession could have a substantial impact on your future. Chance are, you may wish to protect yourself against potentially devastating consequences by challenging the charges, but with little to no experience in the area, you might be feeling somewhat overwhelmed and in need of guidance.

How you approach a traffic stop could make all the difference

There are a multitude of circumstances in which an individual may become the subject of a traffic stop. If pulled over for speeding while out driving in South Carolina, you may have concerns regarding what kind of impact a traffic citation will have on your driving privileges.

In some cases, a similar traffic offense may involve little more than a monetary fine. In others, it could have severe consequences, such as a temporary suspension of your license. How you approach the situation could have an influence on the overall outcome, and if you handle it properly, you may be able to avoid a citation entirely.

How a college DUI impacts your future

All you wanted to do was to go out and have fun with your friends, but the night quickly turned sour when the police pulled you over. Your tail light was out, which normally is a simple matter of talking to the police and getting a new light after a warning. Unfortunately, since you'd been drinking, the officer asked you to perform a field sobriety test before giving you a breathalyzer test.

It was then you learned that you were over the legal limit at .08. The officer took the test twice, and you did poorly on the field-sobriety tests also. Now, you face a DUI.

5 signs that a breath test isn't accurate

You don't think you're over the legal limit, and you take the breath test gladly after getting pulled over. To your surprise, it comes back at 0.09. The officer says you're under arrest for drinking and driving, though you don't even feel buzzed.

Now, all you can think about is your future. Are you going to lose your job? Can you even work with a suspended license? How will you afford the fines? How are you going to break the news to your loved ones?

South Carolina's penalties for DWI charges can ruin young lives

For many college students, their time at school is a combination of personal experimentation and growth and academic achievement. Even students on the Dean's List can make questionable decisions on the weekends.

Driving while intoxicated (DWI), however, is more than a simple mistake. It's a crime, and one that could impact your child's life forever. It's important, as a parent, to be proactive once you learn that your college student is facing DWI charges.

3 DUI defenses women use successfully

As a woman, you may already know that if you drink, your body could absorb alcohol differently than a man. With less weight and different muscle-to-fat ratios, women tend to become drunk quickly in comparison to men. Despite this, most women understand when they've had too much to drink and avoid driving.

A DUI isn't just for drinking, though. Taking medications affects your ability to drive as well. A woman's defense to drunk driving is similar to those men use. You may show you didn't drink before getting in the car, that you have a medical condition that makes you appear drunk or that you didn't know medications you were on would make you dizzy or confused.

Law Office of
Jason S. Stevens, LLC

215 East Bay Street Suite 500-H
Charleston, SC 29401

Phone: 843-410-3953
Fax: 843-414-7240
Charleston Law Office Map

Back To Top