The Consequences of a Felony DUI Charge
Drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs in South Carolina, and you can get in serious trouble. If your impaired driving results in the death or great bodily injury of another person, the penalties are even more severe. In that case, you’re not facing a misdemeanor charge, but a felony charge.
One South Carolina driver experienced that last month when the car she was driving went off the road and rolled into a ditch, killing one of the passengers in her car. She was charged with Felony DUI Resulting in Death. What consequences does she face if convicted?
Different Kinds of DUI Charges
You often hear that someone “got a DUI,” which usually refers to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence in an event that did not lead to great bodily injury or death. But for events that do lead to great bodily injury or death, South Carolina law imposes felony charges.
Section 56-5-2945 of the South Carolina Code defines felony driving under the influence as an offense that occurs when someone driving under the influence either causes bodily injury or death to another person or acts negligently so as to result in bodily injury or death. The consequences are severe.
Conviction of Felony DUI with Great Bodily Injury can result in:
- Fines of not less than $5,100, not more than $10,100
- Mandatory imprisonment of not less than 30 days, not more than 15 years
- Enrollment in the Ignition Interlock Device Program for three years
“Great bodily injury” is injury that “creates a substantial risk of death” or causes permanent disfigurement or loss/impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ.
Conviction of Felony DUI with Death results can result in:
- Fines of not less than $10,100, not more than $25,100
- Mandatory imprisonment of not less than 1 year, not more than 25 years
- Enrollment in the Ignition Interlock Device Program for five years
Unfortunately, Felony DUI with Death are all too common. As the CDC reports, alcohol was a factor in nearly 1 in 3 traffic-related deaths in the U.S. in 2014. Legal and illegal drugs were involved in 16% of traffic-related deaths.
Get Help With DUI Charges
People usually do not intend to drive drunk, and certainly no one wants to injure or kill another person because of impaired driving. However, if you’re facing a DUI of any kind, you should strongly consider seeking legal representation.
At The Carolina Law Group, we can help you understand the charges you’re facing and the complexities of DUI cases. We’ll look out for your best interests while working with you every step of the way.
Schedule your free, no-obligation consultation with the attorneys at The Carolina Law Group. The Carolina Law Group has four offices across South Carolina for your convenience: Greenville* (call 864.312.4444), West Greenville (864.312.4444), Greer* (call 864.757.5555), and Spartanburg* (864.757.5555). Call to schedule your consultation with a local attorney today.
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