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What are the consequences for unpaid child support in SC?

South Carolina, like other states, takes unpaid child support very seriously. People in the 1980s and 1990s grew concerned about the number of fathers who lived a comfortable life yet cared little about their suffering children. This led to the implementation of new policies in South Carolina, including automatic deductions from the parent's paycheck.

South Carolina sheriff accused of hit-and-run DUI accident

The Berkeley County Sheriff was charged with DUI and hit-and run by the South Carolina State Patrol on Dec. 28 following an accident. According to reports, the 63-year-old sheriff allegedly hit a 21-year-old man's car before driving away from the accident scene. The young man was reportedly injured in the accident, but his specific injuries were not reported.

Micheal Phelps resolves DUI case

South Carolina residents may be interested to hear that Olympic swimmer Micheal Phelps has pleaded guilty to DUI. He was originally taken into custody on Sept. 30 near the Fort McHenry Tunnel on I-95 in Baltimore. Police say that he crossed double lines and was going approximately 84 mph in a 45-mph zone in his 2014 Land Shark Rover.

South Carolina Mayor charged with DUI

In a Nov. 29 incident, the mayor of McColl was detained after being apprehended on High Street. Mayor George Ray Grier allegedly failed a field sobriety test and refused breath testing, according to reports. He has been charged with DUI as a result. Reports indicate that after being charged, the mayor was released on a personal recognizance bond of $997 the following day.

Man accused of DUI in head-on collision

A driver has been charged with felonies related to drunk driving after a head-on automobile accident killed three people in South Carolina. The wreck happened at 12:17 a.m. on Nov. 8 as the two vehicles passed through the intersection of U.S. Highway 29 and East Calhoun Street in Anderson.

South Carolina man facing felony DUI charge after police chase

Morning traffic was shut down along a heavily traveled road after a fatal accident on Oct. 29. Police report that the incident occurred around 5 a.m. when a vehicle left the roadway and struck two other automobiles. A local coroner confirmed that a 33-year-old South Carolina man died from injuries sustained during the collision. The driver of the vehicle that left the road, a 19-year-old man, has been charged with DUI involving death and several other counts related to an earlier incident.

New law increases penalties for first-time offenders

A new South Carolina law called Emma's Law requires even first-time DUI offenders to install an ignition interlock device in their cars. The law was named after a girl who was killed in a drunk driving accident while going to church with her family in 2012. Emma's Law says that a first-time offender with a blood alcohol content of more than .15 percent must use such a device for six months. If a driver is convicted for a second time, the device must be used for two years.

Refusing a breath test in South Carolina

Routine traffic stops can be troubling experiences for some drivers, particularly if they are nervous about failing a breath alcohol test. In South Carolina, a driver is considered too intoxicated to drive when their blood alcohol content is greater than .08 percent. Drivers have the right to refuse to take a breath alcohol test if a police officer asks to perform one; however, there are consequences to refusing a test.

Accident kills 1, injures 1, possibly caused by drunk driving

The South Carolina Highway Patrol charged a woman with two counts of felony DUI after a crash in Clarendon County on Aug. 30. The accident on SC 261 killed a 34-year-old man from Manning who suffered chest and neck injuries due to the wreck.

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