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College student charged with felony DUI after single-car crash

A vehicular accident in Richland, South Carolina, may identify alcohol as a contributing factor. If that is the case, the driver who was involved may face criminal charges, regardless of whether it is a single-car accident or involves other vehicles as well.

For instance, a single-car accident reportedly turned into a drunk driving allegation for a college student. The incident occurred when a sports utility vehicle, which an 18-year-old man was driving, swerved off the road, hit a tree and flipped over. Unfortunately, one passenger in the car, an 18-year-old sophomore, was pronounced dead at the scene.

It was suspected that the SUV driver was intoxicated at the time of the crash. As a result, the college student is facing a felony DUI charge together with drug-related charges.

Every driver knows that operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs may result in not only a drunk driving accident, but also criminal charges. Often that charge will be a misdemeanor, but there are cases where the drunk driving is considered a felony. A drunk driving charge may turn into a felony DUI for many different reasons: elevated blood alcohol concentration, children in the vehicle and bodily harm.

Nevertheless, a DUI offense can have a negative influence on a person's life, particularly a college student's life. Such an allegation may bring the person's character into question, lead to public stigma and cause the person to miss opportunities that he or she would have otherwise had. It can also affect a person's eligibility for student loans, school-related endeavors and a career. Additionally, a felony DUI may result in the accused person having to pay large fines, penalties or serving time in prison.

If a South Carolina driver is accused of a felony DUI, there are legal options available to contest the allegations. Under such circumstances, an aggressive defense may challenge the evidence used in the case as well as protect the future of the defendant. That way, a reasonable judgment for the defendant may be within reach.

Source: wbtw.com, "SC college student dies in roadtrip crash; frat brother facing felony DUI charge," Sept. 11, 2013

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