Felony DUI Involving Death (South Carolina Code Section 56-5-2945)
Act Quickly! Your Life Depends On It!
If you are involved in an auto accident that resulted in the death of a person and are believed to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you may be charged with Felony DUI with death.
When faced with a felony DUI with death charge, the consequences are extraordinarily serious and the penalties carry mandatory minimum jail time of one (1) year and as many as twenty-five (25) years in State Prison if convicted!
A conviction also carries mandatory fines of at least Ten Thousand ($10,000.00) Dollars and as much as Twenty-Five Thousand ($25,000.00) Dollars.
In addition to the criminal penalties, if convicted of Felony DUI with Death, the Department of Motor Vehicles must suspend your driver’s license for the period of incarceration plus five (5) additional years.
In arresting a suspect on this charge, the State must find evidence that proves the suspect was (1) DUI, (2) was driving negligently or violating the law in some way and (3) proximately caused the accident.
ACT QUICKLY TO PREPARE A DEFENSE: There is a very limited time frame to develop a compelling defense on Felony DUI death charges. Police arriving at the accident scene evaluate the severity of the injuries and will often call in their own experts to reconstruct the accident. Felony DUI cases are normally investigated by the SC Highway Patrol’s accident investigation team, known as MAIT.
MAIT is the Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team that assists law enforcement agencies, and they normally provide in-depth investigations and/or reconstructions to determine the exact events of the collision.
MAIT’s ultimate objective is to be the fact finders so decisions can be made as to the charges and causes of an accident.
This is their Accident Reconstruction Team- don’t you think you need someone looking out for your interests?
A conviction for Felony DUI involving death requires the Defendant to actually serve eighty-five (85%) of the prison sentence. Therefore, all evidence must be reviewed and the case evaluated.
It is absolutely crucial that you contact our office immediately to help formulate your defense. We can employ our own experts to examine the accident scene, look at the car damage and interview witnesses. We meticulously review the state’s evidence. Based on this investigation, our attorney and his team of experts are ready to formulate effective defenses.
We routinely employ former traffic supervisors as case analysts who themselves have investigated accidents involving felony DUI during their careers as law enforcement officers. We utilize the services of veteran accident re-constructionists who have retired and are now working independently as experts in their fields.
Their expertise combined with our experience in defending felony DUI arrests creates a highly capable defense team to work for you.
Please contact us immediately if you or someone you know has been arrested for Felony DUI or other driving offense which carries substantial prison time. You may reach us by phone at 843-971-0099, or by clicking here to contact us and speak with a member of our defense team.