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One woman charged with felony drunk driving after a fatal crash

Drunk driving is a serious offense in Columbia, South Carolina, and everywhere else in the United States. For first-time offenders, they may face misdemeanor charges if no one was injured in the incident. Another offense can lead to more serious, felony charges, depending on the circumstances. If the driver is involved in an accident that results in the bodily harm or death of another, he or she may be subject to felony charges, which can lead to long-term incarceration, fines and other penalties.

A 38-year-old South Carolina woman was recently involved in a car accident that claimed the life of a 22-year-old, also from South Carolina. The 38-year-old driver allegedly struck the rear of the car that a 22-year-old woman was driving, sending that car into the path of another vehicle. The 22-year-old was transported to a hospital where she later died.

The 38-year-old driver registered a blood alcohol content of 0.20 percent just after the time of the accident, according to police. She was charged with a felony DUI and booked into jail. If convicted, the suspected drunk driver may be sentenced to 25 years in prison and may be subject to $25,000 in fines.

Felony drunk driving is a serious charge, which is why the suspected drunk driver, in this case, needs a strong criminal defense. The defendant will need a staunch legal advocate who can be valuable in both state and federal courts. With the help of a legal professional, the defendant can ensure that her rights are protected throughout the legal proceeding. The legal professional will work hard to establish a solid criminal defense, which is critical in contesting the charges.

The defendant may also wish to enter a plea agreement for reduced charges. How the case proceeds depends on the decisions of the defendant to a great extent.

Source: Charlotteobserver.com, "Rock Hill woman charged in traffic death had previous DUI," Jonathan McFadden, Feb. 12, 2014

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