For decades now, vehicles made in the United States have contained what are called event data recorders (“EDRs”) or — more informally — “black boxes.” These devices contain sensing and diagnostic equipment and computer programs that track, record and save various information with respect to the vehicle and any crash that the vehicle experiences. Some […]
Are DUI Checkpoints in Greenville, SC Legal?
Here in Greenville and other parts of South Carolina, DUI checkpoints are legal and are common. These are legally termed “traffic checkpoints.” As the summer comes on and various driving holidays approach, checkpoints are going to proliferate. An ABC4 news article from last summer provides a good example of publicity surrounding the checkpoints. See here. […]
Defending a DUI After a Warrantless Nonconsensual Blood Draw
If you have been arrested for a DUI in Greenville or any other part of upstate South Carolina, it is important to have a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney by your side. Often, as a part of a DUI arrest, the law enforcement officers conduct sobriety testing including a possible field test, roadside breathalyzer […]
What Are the Levels of DUI Crimes in Greenville, South Carolina?
What Are the Levels of DUI Crimes in Greenville, South Carolina? This article discusses the various DUI crimes in South Carolina. In brief, there are four statutory crimes: Driving under the influence causing impairment — S. Car. Code, §56-5-2930 Driving with an unlawful blood alcohol concentration — S. Car. Code, §56-5-2933 (see above link) Felony […]
Frequently Asked DUI Questions
Driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is a crime here in South Carolina. Here are a few FAQs about DUI arrests. Why Did I Get Pulled Over? In general, law enforcement officers must have probable cause — or at least a reasonable suspicion — before “pulling you over.” That likely means […]
DUI Laws and Criminal Penalties/Fines
Here in Greenville and upstate South Carolina, it is a crime to drive a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol use or with high blood alcohol concentrations. If you find yourself pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence, call experienced DUI defense attorneys like the ones at The Law Office of H. Chase […]
Greenville SC DUI Defense: What NOT To Do When Pulled Over For DUI
We here at The Law Office of H. Chase Harbin want to emphasize to all Greenville, SC and Greenville County drivers that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a crime. So, do not drink and drive. And remember that prescription and over the counter drugs can cause impairment just as easily as […]
Greenville DUI Law: What Is a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device?
In Greenville, South Carolina, it is a crime to drive if you have been drinking and your blood alcohol content is 0.08 percent or higher. In 2014, the Legislature enacted “Emma’s Law” which was signed by the Governor. Among many changes, the new law expanded the use of mandatory breath alcohol ignition interlock devices (“BAIID”). […]
Public Intoxication Laws In Greenville SC
Greenville, South Carolina implements semi-lenient laws when it comes to the issue of public intoxication. Section 16-17-530 of state law reads that “gross intoxication” in public is strictly prohibited. Gross intoxication can be classified as an individual under the influence of alcohol visibly causing a disturbance or recognizable suppression of their cognitive abilities. Violation of […]
Open Container Laws in Greenville SC
Open container laws in Greenville South Carolina are quite clear and straightforward. Section 61-4-110 of South Carolina state law prohibits a person operating a motor vehicle from having an open container in their motor vehicle. Violation of this statute is considered a misdemeanor which carries penalties of up to 30 days in jail and fines […]