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South Carolina man faces multiple charges after hit-and-run

A Greenville man faces multiple charges after allegedly driving though a parking garage's exit arm, driving off the road, onto a sidewalk and into a tree before continuing to drive with a missing tire and striking another vehicle. After striking the tree, the man reportedly turned the wrong way down a one-way street and struck a car before finally coming to a stop. After tracing his route, police believe that he also struck two cars in a parking garage and the garage pay booth before driving through the exit arm.

His charges include driving under the influence, two counts of third-degree assault and battery, hit-and-run with minor injury and another unspecified driving offense. These drunk driving charges are extremely serious and could have long-lasting consequences for the accused if he is found guilty in a court of law.

Whether the driver faces felony charges depends largely on the condition of the people that were harmed. If any of the parties involved die as a result of their injuries, then the accused will face felony charges under South Carolina law. However, even the misdemeanor DWI charges can be quite serious and carry potentially long-term repercussions.

The penalties in the state vary depending on the offense, but they often include hefty fines, suspension of the convicted individual's license and even time in custody. An attorney in South Carolina with experience in DUI defense may explain the potential consequences and help accused drivers with a solid defense for their court date. In some cases, the attorney may be able to negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecution in order to reduce or eliminate some of the charges and associated penalties faced by the accused individual.

Source: Channel 3 WBTV, "Police: SC Drunk Driver runs into parked cars," April 8, 2013

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