DUIs are incredibly serious crimes. The recklessness of driving while intoxicated can’t be overstated. The decision to drink and drive not only affects the driver but can easily harm others and take lives. We hope that these drivers will be held accountable for their negligence, and when they aren’t, we have reason to be upset. That’s what has some South Carolinians disappointed over a recent DUI arrest.
The former head of the South Carolina Department of Transportation was arrested in January of 2014 for erratic driving. The man failed a field sobriety test and was subsequently arrested. Later at a Lexington County Dentition Center he was given a breath test where his BAC was found to be over twice the legal limit. This lead to him resigning from the Department of Transportation, but would it lead to time behind bars?
Last week, the former head pleaded guilty to charges of reckless driving and received only a $445 fine. Some believed this was unfair leniency because of his former position. One said if he was “Joe Blow who worked at a local factory, he’d have gone to jail.” Others said, “If laws don’t apply to all equally, why should any of us follow any of them?” Some were less critical and defended the sentencing saying, “Truth is, this reduced charge happens very frequently.”
This is the breakdown of possible penalties if convicted of DUI in South Carolina according to DMV.org.
- For a 1st offense, you may face: A fine of $400.
- For a 2nd offense, you may face: A fine of $2,100 to $5,100. 5 days to 1 year in jail.
- For a 3rd offense, you may face: A fine of $3,800 to $6,300. 60 days to 3 years in jail.
So what are your thoughts? Did he get off easy or was justice served?
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