A felony DUI charge arising out of a fatal accident in the state of South Carolina can result in serious consequences. If convicted, the accused can face a lengthy prison sentence.
Recently in Woodruff, a 2005 Crown Victoria was driving on I-26 when it lost control and hit a guardrail. Two individuals were ejected from the vehicle. One of those individuals was a 16-year-old girl who ended up losing her life. The other was a 23-year-old man. The man survived the accident and is now being charged with felony DUI. The man claims that he does not remember the accident. He says he only remembers being at a club when the girl offered to drive him home. He claims he was not driving the vehicle.
When charged with a felony DUI in South Carolina, the prosecution must fulfill their burden and show beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty. In order to do that in a felony DUI case like the one above, the prosecution must prove that the man was the one driving the vehicle, that he was intoxicated at the time of the accident, and that the intoxication was a factor in causing the crash.
The jury makes the ultimate decision about the guilt of the accused, but our court system applies a presumption of innocence. This means that the jury may not assume the accused is guilty and the prosecution must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Those accused of felony drunk driving in South Carolina do not have to face these charges alone. Experienced legal professionals are available to ensure that the prosecution meets its burden of proof and the defendant's rights are adequately protected.
Source: Fox Carolina, "Suspect says he wasn't driving in I-26 crash that claimed teen's life," Dal Kalsi, June 16, 2014