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Government official arrested for impaired driving

A 52-year-old government official was taken into custody on March 2 for a DUI after his involvement in an accident in Mt. Pleasant, in which he rammed into another car at a red light. The suspect admitted he had some drinks. According to the police report, an officer could smell the odor of alcohol and observed what appeared to be alcohol spots on his clothing. He allegedly struggled as he attempted to do basic tasks and slurred his words.

The suspect could not perform field sobriety tests and was taken into custody for a DUI. He would not submit to a breathalyzer test. The suspect, who has served as a government official since 2009, was released without bail on his own recognizance.

In some cases, DUI offenders face a variety of mandatory penalties that are intended to emphasize the seriousness of their actions and deter them from future drinking and driving. Consequences might include community service hours, loss of license and costly fines and fees. A convicted offender might need to install an ignition interlock device on his or her vehicle, which measures the alcohol content of the driver's breath before the vehicle will start. Finally, some DUI arrests could mean mandatory time in custody for the offender.

However, a knowledgeable South Carolina criminal defense attorney might provide helpful counsel for the defendant. The suspect faces charges of impaired driving, made more serious because of his government position. An attorney who understands the nuances of defending clients accused of DUI may be able to represent him and argue for reduced charges in light of his public service and responsibility in the community. Additionally, the attorney may verify that the field sobriety tests were conducted properly in order to ensure the defendant gets a fair trial.

Source: WISTV, "Mt. Pleasant councilman charged with DUI," March 4, 2013

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