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Will South Carolina DUI Laws Get Tougher?

South Carolina DUI defense lawyerIf you're arrested for DUI in South Carolina, you can face grave consequences. A conviction can mean jail time, hefty fines, and a driver's license suspension or revocation. You may be required to use an ignition interlock device, which means you have to deliver a breath sample before you drive.

If you think the driving under the influence laws in South Carolina are tough now, they likely will be even tougher down the road.

Currently, there's a well-organized movement underway to change certain provisions of the state's DUI laws. Police, prosecutors and other groups are calling on changing the way video of an arrest can be presented in court. According to a report in The State, prosecutors say the state's current DUI law has a loophole that makes it difficult to obtain convictions because of stringent video requirements. Judges have dismissed charges based on videotape in which a suspect's feet were not seen on video during a heel-to-toe sobriety test, according to the article. In other cases, a face might be obscured by a shadow, which The State reports can lead to dismissal of charges.

Lawmakers now are considering bills that would prevent a DUI case from being completely dismissed based on small technical problems in the video recordings.

Experienced South Carolina DUI attorney Matt Bodman knows that drunk driving cases can be complex. With the proposed change to the law, it's certainly won't be getting any easier to get a dismissal or reduction in charges.

With so much at stake, anyone arrested on a DUI charge will need a tough-minded Columbia, SC lawyer on their side, someone who has personally tried dozens of criminal cases. Matt Bodman has the experience and resources clients need to build a compelling legal case. He represents people with a variety of different backgrounds who were arrested on DUI charges, including college students.

While drunk driving should not be taken lightly, anyone who is charged with DUI deserves to be treated fairly. Anyone who is arrested on suspicion of drunk driving is innocent until proven guilty. Attorney Bodman, the sole practicing attorney at Matt Bodman, P.A., knows that clients deserve personalized attention when so much is at stake.

If you hire Matt Bodman to serve as your DUI attorney in Columbia, SC, you will have a lawyer who once worked as a prosecutor. He knows how drunk driving cases are handled by prosecutors as well as by defense attorneys.

Anyone charged with DUI has rights that must be protected. If you or someone you know was arrested and charged with DUI, talk to Matt Bodman.

Contact Matt Bodman, P.A., at 866-487-9077 or visit for a free consultation with a criminal defense lawyer in Columbia, SC. Serving Richland County and Lexington County including the cities of Lexington, Camden, Sumter, Newberry and Orangeburg as well as cities throughout South Carolina including Charleston, Myrtle Beach, and Greenville.

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