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Felony DUI charges for South Carolina man

A 24-year-old South Carolina man is facing DUI-related charges after an accident on Nov. 8 left three people dead and three others injured. The man charged is an assistant baseball coach at Anderson University.

The man was driving a Ford pickup shortly after midnight on Williamston Road. He allegedly crossed the center line and hit a Nissan Altima head-on in front of a new dormitory at Anderson University. The 22-year-old driving the Nissan and a 17-year-old died at the scene. A 20-year-old woman was taken to a hospital and succumbed to her injuries as well. Another 17-year-old was hospitalized and reported to be in stable condition, while a 12-year-old was in critical condition. All were passengers in the Nissan. The pickup truck's passenger, a 28-year-old man, is also in critical condition. According to authorities, the driver of the pickup will face five other felony charges in addition to the current charge of felony DUI resulting in death.

Drunk driving charges are always serious, and this is even more the case when injuries and fatalities are involved. However, a person may sometimes be judged to be illegally under the influence after an accident; however, some medical conditions may make a person appear to be drunk. An attorney might challenge the accuracy of a breath or field sobriety test.

On the other hand, if it does appear that the individual was under the influence and this will be a difficult charge to defend in court, there are approaches that can mitigate the punishment. For example, negotiating some sort of plea bargain with the prosecution may alleviate some of the charges in exchange for the defendant's guilty plea to others. A criminal defense attorney may be able to help in this regard.

Source: The State, "Anderson University assistant coach charged with felony DUI", Anna Lee, November 09, 2014

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