Rock Hill, South Carolina Man Charged with Third DUI

A 50-year-old Rock Hill, South Carolina man was charged with his third driving under the influence (DUI) charge at 2:00 a.m. on New Years Day.  Officers report that he failed to stop for the officer’s blue light, and when he eventually can to a stop, he parked in the front of a resident’s lawn.

Rock Hill Police discovered that the man had two previous convictions for DUI; the current charge being the man’s third.  Further, the breathalyzer test reading was at a allegedly a .20, according to the Police report.

If you or a loved one is struggling with repetitive DUI or drug charges, you must be represented by competent council.  At Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP, we have attorneys with over 20 years of experience in assisting clients with their legal problems.  Do not hesitate to call our Baxter Village office in Fort Mill, South Carolina for a consultation; you can reach us at 803-548-4444.  Also, feel free to call our toll free number at 877-374-5999.

Kershaw Man Charged with DUI and Child Endangerment

A 43-year-old man is being charged with DUI and Child Endangerment after deputies say he was driving under the influence of alcohol with his 5-year-old daughter in the car.  Deputies found the car pulled over to the side of the road with the man and his daughter asleep in the car, with the car in drive and the engine running.

Additionally, the man registered a 0.17 on a breathalyzer exam, which is over double the legal limit.  The man was taken to Kershaw County Detention Center, and his daughter was taken to her grandmothers.

Driving under the influence can have some serious penalties attached to it; however, if you add other charges to a DUI, fines and penalties can rack up quickly. If you or a loved one has been charged with Driving under the Influence call the law offices of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP.  You can reach our Fort Mill, SC office at 803-548-4444, or toll-free at 877-374-5999.

Night-Club For Minors Busted For Distributing Alcohol

Two men were assaulted last weekend at a South Lounge, a club to teenagers, located on the 100 block of South Congress Street in York, SC.  The owner of the club is being charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, transfer of beer/wine for underage person’s consumption and unlawful storage of alcohol according to the police report.

The club is designed for teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17.  According to the report, the police department was alerted of the activities by two 22 year old men who were visiting the club for a birthday party.

If someone you know has been charged with an alcohol related crime, it is important to have competent legal defense on your side.  Call the Law Offices of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP.  You can reach our Fort Mill, SC office at 803-548-4444, or toll-free at 877-374-5999.

Lancaster Man Left His Children at Home After Going for a “Beer Run”

A 26-year-old Lancaster, SC man is being charged with public intoxication along with two counts of unlawful neglect of a child after he was pulled over by police while driving a moped. The man told police that he had run out of beer and was going to get more, according to the report.  Also, he told deputies that he had left his children home by themselves.

When the deputies arrived at the man’s house, they found a 6-month-old and a 2-year-old child asleep.  They were unharmed, but officers report the children were wearing only diapers and the house was a scattered mess.  Mice were also running around inside.

The man was placed in Lancaster County Detention Center, and the Department of Social Services was notified of the situation.  The children were placed in the custody of their mother.

If you have been charged with an alcohol related crime or a DUI in South Carolina, the law offices of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP are here to work for you.  We have experienced professionals who are knowledgeable regarding alcohol related crimes.  Call our Fort Mill, SC office at 803-548-4444, or toll-free at 877-374-5999.

What is the difference between a DUI and BUI?

As South Carolina experiences an increase in DUI and BUI enforcement, many people in lowcountry areas such as Charleston, North Charleston, James Island, Folly Beach, West Ashley, Sullivans Island, Isle of Palms, Mount Pleasant, and Awendaw are unaware of the differences associated with driving under the influence and boating under the influence. While both charges are serious offenses, there are distinct differences in the procedures effecting the enforcement.

On land, law enforcement generally relies upon the Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) to establish probable cause for a DUI arrest. The SFST was developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and includes three tests: 1) Horizontal gaze nystagmus 2) walk-and-turn and 3) One-leg stand. There is an ongoing debate about the effectiveness and scientific nature of these tests, but for the time being they relied upon by law enforcement to continue the prosecution of alleged DUI offenders. Also, South Carolina law mandates that the officer videotape the suspect with his/her in-dash camera while conducting these tests.

Boating Under the Influence (BUI) differs in multiple ways from a DUI. For the most part, the Department of Natural Resources is tasked with the responsibility to enforce the BUI laws. Similarly to the NHTSA, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators has developed its own method for testing boater’s sobriety. As you can imagine, it would not make much sense to administer the walk-and-turn test or the one-leg stand while on an unstable boat so the NASBLA test differs from the Standardized Field Sobriety Test. DNR uses the “Afloat Test Battery” to determine the sobriety of a boater. This test includes reciting the ABC’s, counting backwards from 25 to 1, a finger dexterity test, a palm pat test, and a touch finger to nose test. It is also an important distinction to realize that BUI laws do not require the arresting officer to videotape the suspect.

As the waterways, rivers, and lakes heat up it is important to understand the boating laws and the seriousness of both DUI/BUI offenses. In areas in and around the South Carolina lowcountry such as Sullivans Island, Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, James Island, Charleston, West Ashley, North Charleston, Moncks Corner, Mount Pleasant, and Awendaw, boaters will notice an increased DNR presence looking for drunk boaters. The DUI/BUI attorneys at Reeves Aiken & Hightower LLP stand ready to help you if you have been arrested and charged for DUI, BUI or DUAC. Before hiring an attorney, you should carefully check out their credentials and actual experience. For more information about our lawyers, please visit our website at www.rjrlaw.com. Or to schedule a confidential consultation about your particular case, please call us directly at 877-374-5999.