If you are convicted of drunk driving, it can have many detrimental effects on your life. You might face fines or even a prison sentence. You could also have your license suspended. If you need to drive to work or, worse, if your job involves driving, you may be unable to continue working. Furthermore it will limit your ability to do things like dropping your children off at school, or traveling to buy groceries.
If you are arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in South Carolina, one of your primary concerns may be the potential severity of the penalties you may face if convicted. These can range from fines to jail time and may also include conditions such as the revocation of your driver's license, or the installation of an ignition interlock device within your vehicle. It isn’t a stretch to then imagine how these penalties in turn could affect your professional life and may result in the loss of your job.
During a DUI traffic stop, there are a number of tests you may be asked to submit to. However, in the heat of the moment, you might be unsure how to respond. The fear of incrimination, even if you know you have not been drinking, can make the thought of taking any of these tests intimidating.
If you are perceived to be behaving abnormally behind the wheel of a vehicle, there is a chance that you will be investigated for drunk driving. Unusual behavior could include swerving erratically, drifting or even falling asleep at the wheel. Of course, there are any number of reasons that such behavior might occur, from fatigue to medical conditions. However, you may be asked to submit to a number of tests in order to ascertain whether you were driving under the influence.