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South Carolina state troopers may start prosecuting DUI cases

With less additional funding, and more state agencies requesting budget increases, there is a good chance that state troopers in South Carolina are going to have to go back to prosecuting their own drunk driving cases. This is due to the fact that without an additional $1.6 million, the state will most likely not be able to pay DUI prosecutors.

In 2011 there were around 26,000 DUI arrests in South Carolina. Preliminary numbers show roughly the same number of arrests in 2012.

However, with not enough money to go around, the additional funding for DUI prosecutors may end up being denied. If this happens, it will be up to the state troopers who make the arrests to also prosecute those cases. In DUI cases where the person accused hires an attorney, this can become quite tricky for the trooper who does not know how to argue against motions that may be set forth by a DUI defense attorney.

This will be the second year in a row that a request has been made in order to pay prosecutors. However, if the request is denied -- which at least one state representative believes will happen -- those accused of DUI should still understand that these state troopers used to prosecute cases on their own. These troopers prosecuting cases also still did lead to convictions.

Basically, a DUI arrest should still be taken seriously regardless of who is prosecuting. This is why it is important to contact a DUI defense attorney after being accused of drunk driving in South Carolina.

Source: The State, "SC money to prosecute DUI cases in jeopardy," Adam Beam, Dec. 30, 2012

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