A single event can alter a person’s life. This is especially certain for those facing criminal allegations following a car crash. Because drinking a driving is a major concern in South Carolina and elsewhere, this offense is treated seriously. Thus, those accused of a DUI could face severe penalties. Because the criminal consequences could impact them for years, it is important that those facing a DUI understand how best to navigate the matter, even devising a defense action to reduce or dismiss the charges against them.
According to recent reports, a 45-year-old woman was charged with a felony DUI following a car accident. Preliminary reports suggest that the crash occurred in the early morning hours in the 2400 block of 9th Avenue in Conway. It was reported that the female driver drove through the front lawn of a home and struck a power line, the home and a tree before coming to a stop.
It was discovered that two children were in the vehicle at the time of the crash. It was purported that the motorist removed the two children from the vehicle and walked them to a nearby home following the crash. When police arrived at the home, it was reported that the two children suffered serious injuries.
Police reports suggest that the driver was having a difficult time standing and smelled strongly of alcohol. She was brought to the scene of the crash, were police stated that she admitted to consuming alcohol prior to the crash. She, along with the two children, was transported to the hospital for medical treatment. A search warrant for a blood draw was obtained. She was later arrested and charged with a felony DUI with great bodily harm.
Facing a DUI following a purported drunk driving crash is a very serious situation. Those accused may feel that they have no options, as the police have collected evidence and have charged them with the crime. However, it is possible to call into question the validity of evidence. If procedures were not followed properly or evidence was illegal obtained, it is possible to suppress evidence. Because a DUI charge could result in severe penalties, it is important to consider any and all defense options, as this could help reduce the impact the charges could have on the accused’s life.