Is DUI A Misdemeanor or Felony In South Carolina?

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in DUI

In whatever state of the United States you are in, driving under the influence or DUI is a serious offense that carries huge repercussions on the part of the offender. In South Carolina, DUI is an administrative and criminal offense. However, getting convicted for DUI does not necessarily mean a felony offense. According to the website of Truslow & Truslow, Attorneys at Law, DUI charges can be life altering.

In most instances, first offense DUI is usually a misdemeanor if there was no injury involved. But how does a misdemeanor DUI offense become a felony in South Carolina? There are three conditions that can result to the elevation of misdemeanor DUI to felony.

1. Death or Bodily Injury
When the DUI offense causes bodily injury or death to another person, the plaintiff commits a felony DUI. In criminal law, a bodily injury causes one of the following:

  • Permanent disfigurement
  • Loss or impairment of an organ or bodily member
  • An increased risk of death
  • When elevated to felony, the plaintiff can be subjected to a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 30 days to a maximum of 15 years and pay a fine ranging from $5,000 to $10,000.

2. A Minor Passenger
When the offender has a passenger who is below 16 years old, they may be charged with child endangerment aside from DUI. If the offense results to injury or death of the child, the offense becomes felony. The associated charge is imprisonment of up to half the time associated with DUI charge and a fine of up to half the maximum fine associated with DUI.

3, A Third Offense
A third DUI offense automatically elevates the charge into felony. A third conviction comes with a three year imprisonment and a fine of up to $12,000 when the driver’s BAC is below 0.10. For higher BAC, the fine may be increased.

A felony DUI may result to administrative penalties depending on the frequency of the offense. A first offense could result to license suspension of six months. For second conviction, it could mean indefinite suspension of the license.

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Most Common Sources of Defective Product Injury

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Defective Products, Personal Injury

Consumer protection exists within our society as a set of government regulated laws that are placed in order to ensure your rights as a consumer and participant in fair trade. The Consumer Bill of Rights highlights a set of eight rights that every consumer is entitled to; the first of these is the right to safety against goods that are hazardous to life and personal property. It’s no coincidence that safeguarding from potentially harmful products is at the top of the list- unfortunately, product defects in different goods and services are not uncommon- they may occur during manufacture and assembly, they may exist in the original design of the product, or they might come about during shipping and distribution, according to the website of Williams Kherkher. Here are some of the most common sources for injury due to defective products:

  • Children’s toys: Our young ones are susceptible to misusing small parts found in the toys they play with. Choking is the leading cause of toy-related death, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported 150,000 annual visits to the emergency room by families due to toy-related injury.
  • Household products: Most don’t acknowledge the possibility of electrocution while using basic household items such as hairdryers and toasters. Faulty wiring can induce malfunctions in the product, resulting in possible electrocution or the ignition of a fire, causing burns.
  • Pharmaceuticals: Sometimes, prescription drugs cause side effects that have not been explicitly stated; with long term use, there is a high potential for heart, liver and kidney failure, cardiac arrest, lung problems, and/or brain damage.
  • Immediate injury: Immediate injuries are incurred if a product suddenly breaks; this is most common in situations where the person is elevated (i.e. a child in a high chair, someone using a ladder)
  • Safety gear: Head injuries are typical among persons using ladders or riding bikes and motorcycles. Most will be wearing a helmet in order to provide protection of the head during these activities, but this is rendered useless if the helmet is destroyed when impacted. Consumers almost never test the quality of a helmet when purchasing one because of the assumed precautions and care on the manufacturer’s end when creating safety equipment.
  • Automobiles: This is where the highest concentration of deaths due to product deficiency lies; tire explosions, faulty brakes, seatbelts, and airbags, and flammable fuel tanks are all such causes.
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The Many Ways to Use Bentonite Clay

Posted by on Feb 7, 2016 in Natural Health

There are many ways that bentonite clay can be used. It has become a home staple for naturalists who have discovered its health benefits, and it is a familiar item in household medical cabinets and chests. In fact, Dr. Oz lists Bentonite Clay as a Medicine Cabinet Must.  Bentonite clays can be taken either externally or internally, depending on your preference.

1. Externally, bentonite clay can have various ways of applications and uses. It can be used as face mask to help acquire smooth and healthy skin. It can also be used as baby powder for infections and skin redness. Bentonite clay can be used during baths to help detoxify the body and soften the skin. For teeth, it serves as an alkalizing agent and teeth whitening and mouth rinse.
2. Internally, bentonite clay can be used as treatment for a variety of illnesses such as morning sickness, mastitis, and as internal cleanse. It can be taken by missing it with drinking water or food.

We are not the only ones who can benefit from taking bentonite clay. The Earth’s Natural Clay website discusses products that can also be taken by our pets when they get sick, are throwing up, or are exhibiting any signs of disease or illness. It can be mixed with your pet’s drinking water, or given directly in a solution put in a needleless syringe. It has been known to help protect pets from developing serious diseases and make recovery faster. Furthermore, bentonite clay and other healing clays are widely believed to lower radiation exposure from cancer treatments and other infections such as MRSA. More studies need to be done, but it can still be a great supplement to help keep the body healthy and balanced when undergoing such heavy medical treatment.

Bentonite clay and other healing clays have been gaining more and more publicity in the United States and Europe for their detoxifying qualities are a fast becoming a trusted product for naturally cleansing the body of toxins. Nevertheless, before using the product, it is still best to consult with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant or is suffering from a serious health issue. Your doctor can also advise you on the best way to use bentonite clay and prescribe a proper dosage to take during the day.

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