South Carolina Councilman Charged with DUI

A York County, South Carolina Council member was arrested last week, and held at the Moss Justice Center after an incident that included an open bottle of Crown Royal found within his car.  The man allegedly registered over a .10 after breathing into the breath-test, according to the York County Sheriff’s report.  The next morning he was released on his own recognizance.

The incident took place around midnight when a York County Sheriff Deputy noticed a Toyota Corolla swerving several times as he traveled north on Chester Highway.  When the deputy pulled the man over, he found an open whiskey bottle in the man’s passenger seat, according to the report.

The man initially told the officer that he had consumed a couple of beers; however, when the bottle of whiskey was found the man stated rock hill 5that he may have consumed more than he had thought.  When he was administered field-sobriety tests, his speech was allegedly slurred, and he did not count correctly, according to the officer.  Further, his breath-test registered .03 over the legal limit.

The man stated that he was at an “after hours” event, had a couple of beers at the event, and then stated that he stopped to purchase a small bottle of liquor.  The man has no prior criminal history in South Carolina.  Further, he has recently lost his father, which is apparently the underlying cause of his drinking.

As we have stated in many previous blog pages, anybody is susceptible to a DUI charge.  It is difficult for one to judge just how much they have consumed; therefore, it is important to know your own limitations. If you do not know your limitations, you may end up with a DUI on your record.  At Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP we recommend that you never drive after consuming any amount of alcohol just to be safe.  However, if you do, make sure you do so within the confines of your personal limitations, which is typically one or two drinks.

We handle DUI cases in South Carolina, and DWI cases in North Carolina.  Therefore, if you or a loved one has been charged in one of these states, schedule a consultation with us.  You can reach our Baxter Village office located in Fort Mill, South Carolina at 803-548-4444, or our Charlotte, North Carolina office at 704-499-9000.  Further you can contact us toll-free at 877-374-5999.  We will be pleased to assist you.

Felony DUI Attorneys in South Carolina

At Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP we understand that each and every DUI case in the state of South Carolina is unique, and must be Personal Injury Attorneytreated differently than a previous DUI case.  In South Carolina, a DUI can be classified as a felony or a misdemeanor depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident.  Felony DUI’s typically result when one’s decision to drive under the influence results in some sort of accident that ends up in “death” or “great bodily injury.”

Here, a 30-year-old South Carolina resident was operating his vehicle, which contained three passengers; a 29-year-old woman, and two children, when his vehicle collided into a tree.  The woman and the children were taken to the hospital where the woman was pronounced dead hours later.  This is a very tragic situation that could have been prevented had the man not been drinking.  However, it is also important to ensure that the man’s rights are also taken into account when prosecuting him.

A felony DUI conviction can mean some incredibly serious penalties for the defendant; especially if a death has resulted.  Fines can be as much as $25,000, and jail time as much as 25 years.  Therefore, it is extremely imperative that one being charged with such a crime consults with competent defense counsel.

At Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP we will take the necessary steps to ensure that the accused is receiving the proper defense.  We have a combined 75 years of experience in handling client cases, and will bring that experience to the table for every one of our clients.  For a consultation, you can reach us at our Fort Mill, South Carolina office at 803-548-4444, or toll-free at 877-374-5999.

Life-threatening Injuries Sustained in Charlotte Wreck

Personal Injury AttorneyTwo Charlotte residents were seriously injured in a potentially life-threatening accident when a car ran off the road and struck the side of a building this past weekend.

Apparently a silver SUV was driving and at the time of incident, was at the intersection of Ardery Kell and Rea Road, closer to the Ballantyne side of Charlotte.

There are no details to what actually led to the crash, and alcohol has not been ruled out as a factor. All that is known as of now is that the accident occurred around 10:30 a.m.

Emergency crews arrived on scene just a few minutes later to clear the debris and help the victims. In fact, one of the victims had to be cut from their vehicle with what is commonly referred to as ” the jaws of life.”

Medics arrived on scene thereafter, and took all three injured parties to Carolinas Medical Center, in Dilworth for observation and treatment.

As of right now, the two people in the silver SUV are still in the hospital with, as stated above, potentially life-threatening injuries. The third person was treated for less serious injuries, and sent home the next day.

The roadway was cleared about an hour after the accident occurred. Few details are currently available concerning the accident; yet the investigation and details is still underway and shortly to be released.

Any type of serious injury can bring harm to the victim and his/her loved ones.  One may have an action to recover damages for injuries sustained during an accident.  Contact the law offices of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower,LLP to consult with one of our personal injury attorneys.

Our personal injury attorneys understand the emotional and financial hardships facing persons injured in an accident and want to help you or someone you might know.  We are licensed in both North and South Carolina, where you can contact us at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.

Sunday Morning Accident Slows I-77 to Halt

Travellers driving home from church Sunday morning were disappointed to see that traffic Car Accident Attorneywas at a complete stop on their way to Sunday brunch.

The police reports have stated that a car accident that happened in the early hours Sunday morning closed two lanes until Sunday afternoon.

The location of the car accident was around mile marker 11 on Interstate -77, just past the John Belk Freeway Exit onto Interstate 277. The accident blocked two lanes of traffic for most of the morning and afternoon; forcing crews to work around the clock to clear the way for other drivers.

As of this moment, the exact cause of the accident is still a mystery to all, but the investigation in discovering that cause is still very much underway.

Any type of serious injury can bring harm to the victim and his/her loved ones.  One may have an action to recover damages for injuries sustained during an accident.  Contact the law offices of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower to consult with one of our personal injury attorneys.  Our personal injury attorneys understand the emotional and financial hardships facing persons injured in an accident and want to help you or someone you might know.  We are licensed in both North and South Carolina, where you can contact us at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.

2 York Co. Deputies Have Charged 39 DUIs in Just 4 Months

In almost four months, two specific York County deputies have charged almSC DUI Attorneyost 40 people with DUIs int he state of South Carolina. That means that those two deputies average almost 5 DUIs a month, a piece.

As this firm has discussed before, in December of last year, York County created a DUI Enforcement Team to begin the statewide crackdown on drinking and driving. The whole reason of this teams being is to target drivers who consume alcohol and then drive a car, truck, or even motorcycle.

The Sheriff’s office has released statements saying that “ the initiatives have paid off and makes the county roads safer,” thus making the Enforcement team all worthwhile.

Moreover, in addition to the 39 DUI charges, the two deputies have issued nearly 500 traffic citations. These citations range from simple seat-belt violations to speeding coupled with reckless driving.

Accordingly, the new grant money for the DUI Enforcement Team helps pay for the deputies new patrol cars, salaries, and police equipment.

There were a total of 239 DUIs issued last year, and the sheriffi’s office has reported that this is a 61% increase in DUIs from the year before.

Of the 39 DUI charges given thus far, 33 of those people have gone to court and pled guilty to either drunk driving, or a mitigated lesser charge. Sadly, these 33 people went to court without the proper legal representation.

Don’t get caught up in the court system and feel like you need to go at it alone. Sometimes it seems easier to plead guilty and have the whole thing put behind you, before you have time to really think. At Reeves,Aiken, and Hightower, LLP, we are equipped to do all the thinking for you. We can go to court for you and fight for your rights against your DUI or other traffic citation charges.

Instead of pleading guilty, contact us today at 877-374-5999 and let us do the worrying for you. Your first consultation is free.