Ignition Interlock Devices and Updates to SC DUI Law

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Until recently, ignition interlock devices didn’t come in to play in first offense Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving with Unlawful Alcohol Concentration (DUAC) cases.

Now, if someone is convicted of a first offense DUI or DUAC and that person provided a breath sample of .15 or higher or refused to provide a breath sample, an ignition interlock device is a mandatory part of the sentence.

Attorney Grant Varner with the Greenville, South Carolina firm of Varner and Segura discusses Section 56-5-2990 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina to talk about what events trigger the requirement for the installation of an ignition interlock device, and he touches on how that also ties in to existing license suspension and route-restricted alcohol licenses.

To read the SC Code Section, click HERE.

If you find yourself in need of professional legal services or require legal representation, contact an attorney like Grant Varner with Varner and Segura. Visit Varner and Segura online at www.VarnerAndSeguraOnline.com or call (864) 271-2232.

NOTE: Nothing above or in the accompanying video is offered as legal advice, and nothing above or in the accompanying video should be construed as a substitute for retained legal advice.


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How Does Divorce Impact Your Retirement Plan?

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Divorces can be complicated.

How do you divide assets? What kind of custodial agreement will you have for children? Who provides alimony and how much for how long?

Those are all common questions, but did you know that divorce can impact your retirement plan, too?

Understand that retirement plans like 401(k) accounts will be a part of the divorce discussion.

Attorney Grant Varner with the Greenville, South Carolina firm of Varner and Segura explains the impact that a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) can have on your retirement plan and benefits.

 

 

If you find yourself in need of professional legal services or require legal representation, contact an attorney like Grant Varner with Varner and Segura. Visit Varner and Segura online at www.VarnerAndSeguraOnline.com or call (864) 271-2232.

NOTE: Nothing above or in the accompanying video is offered as legal advice, and nothing above or in the accompanying video should be construed as a substitute for retained legal advice.


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Do You Have To Physically Provide ID At A DUI Checkpoint?

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Earlier this year, a Florida attorney made national news when he posted a video online and said if you are stopped at a DUI checkpoint, you don’t have to physically provide the officer with your information and don’t even have to roll down your window to talk.

According to him, you are within your rights to display your documents against the window along with a sign that reads:

I Remain Silent.

No Searches.

I Want My Lawyer.

Please put any tickets under windshield wiper. I have to display my papers, not hand them to you.

— SC Statutes § 56-1-190, 56-3-1250, 56-7-35

Thus I am NOT opening my window. I will comply with clearly stated lawful orders.

Would this work in South Carolina?

Attorney Grant Varner with the Greenville, South Carolina firm of Varner and Segura discusses this strategy and how South Carolina law enforcement officials plan to address situations where this occurs.

 

 

If you find yourself in need of professional legal services or require legal representation, contact an attorney like Grant Varner with Varner and Segura. Visit Varner and Segura online at www.VarnerAndSeguraOnline.com or call (864) 271-2232.

NOTE: Nothing above or in the accompanying video is offered as legal advice, and nothing above or in the accompanying video should be construed as a substitute for retained legal advice.


PHOTO CREDIT: Greg Matthews / Distributed Under Creative Commons.

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