“Spartanburg Circuit Judge Agrees with Dismissal of DUI Charge”

CASE NAME: South Carolina v Taylor; Docket Number 2016-CP-42-2066; October 20, 2016


On June 11, 2015, at approximately 4:35 a.m., Lance Corporal R.B. Thornton of the South Carolina Highway Patrol responded to a call regarding a vehicle in a ditch on Nahant Street off of Hayne Street in Spartanburg County. Upon arriving on scene, Lance Corporal Thornton was met by Deputy Woodward of the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, who had placed a call to the South Carolina Highway Patrol for assistance after locating the vehicle.

“South Carolina Court of Appeals Issues Latest DUI Decision”

CASE NAME:  State vs. Walters (SC Ct. App. No. 5443; September 28, 2016)


On July 13, 2014, Walters was arrested for DUI in York County. On that date, Trooper Mike McAdams, the arresting officer, administered a horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN) test. While his dashboard camera was recording, Trooper McAdams positioned Walters in front of his patrol car facing away from the camera and conducted the test. According to Trooper McAdams, Walters was turned away from the patrol car to prevent the flashing lights from causing a false positive on the HGN test.

Janssen vs. Minnesota Commissioner of Public Safety

Minnesota Court of Appeals Issues Latest ‘Implied Consent’ Court Opinion

CASE NAME: Janssen vs. Minnesota Commissioner of Public Safety (Minnesota Court of Appeals; Opinion No. : A16099; August 22, 2016)


Appellant David Janssen was arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI). A preliminary breath test indicated an alcohol concentration of 0.196. After the impliedconsent advisory was read to him, appellant agreed to take a breath test. The first sample resulted in an alcohol concentration of 0.174, the second in an alcohol concentration of 0.167. Appellant’s driver’s license was revoked for a year and his license plates were impounded because his alcohol concentration was “twice the legal limit [of 0.08] or more 3 as measured at the time or within two hours of the time of the offense.” Minn. Stat. § 169A.54, subd. 1(3)(iii) (2014); see also Minn. Stat. § 169A.60, subd. 1(d)(3) (2014) (providing that driving with an alcohol concentration twice the legal limit or more is a “plate impoundment violation”).

“Can the Police Get My Medical Records?”

This topic or question often comes up when we represent clients accused of DUI/Drunk Driving that have been involved in an accident and have been taken to a hospital and are charged with DUI in the process.  Most of the time our clients have refused to provide a blood sample for testing when requested by the police officer – but can the police subsequently go back and try to obtain a copy of the medical records and see if the hospital ran a blood alcohol test on their own during treatment?

“Emma’s Law” (S.137) clears first hurdle and is unanimously voted out of the South Carolina House of Representative Criminal Law Subcommittee.

On March 20, 2014, a key subcommittee hearing related to the potential passage of South Carolina Senate Bill S.137 (a/k/a Emma’s Law) was held at the South Carolina Legislature. The hearing was well attended and many voices were present urging the subcommittee to pass “Emma’s Law.”  S.137 has been renamed “Emma’s Law” due to the tragic death of the child Emma Longstreet at the hands of a multiple and repeat drunk driving offender in Columbia last year.  Her unfortunate death has galvanized community support for the passage of S.137.  Debbie Ware, statewide chairman for MADD, emphasized that, according to several national studies, 67 percent of failed drunk driving collisions involve a repeat offender; and additionally, a repeat drunk driving offender is eight times more likely to be involved in a failed DUI accident than a driver with only one prior DUI conviction.  After hearing testimony from various citizens, the subcommittee voted 5-0 to send “Emma’s Law” onto the full House of Representatives Criminal Law Committee for its consideration.  Most observers believed that “Emma’s Law” will be fully endorsed by the South Carolina House of Representatives, the South Carolina Senate and will be signed into law by Governor Haley before the end of the 2014 session.

Must Have Safety Features to Include in Your Alarm System

Having a good alarm system is crucial to feeling safe and secure. There are so many different types out there, but having the right safety features included in your alarm system will determine the amount of protection included. Here are the top 5 “must haves” in alarm system safety features:   Video_Alarm_Verification_2_hi

Professional Monitoring

Knowing that you’ve purchased a top of the line security system will make you feel at ease, but knowing there’s a full-time staff working on your behalf around-the-clock. While you and your family sleep, our Monitoring Center is constantly watching the signals that come from your home.

Fire System

Another important feature to have is fire safety. Whether you are at home or away, the fire safety feature will help keep your mind at ease. If there is a malfunction in your home that results in a fire or even just an alarm, our Monitoring Center will assess the situation and contact the local fire department on your behalf. All you need to worry about is getting your family to safety in the event of an emergency.

Medical and Life Safety

How many stories have you heard of someone that suffers a health condition while they are alone or with a younger child? Having an alarm system that can contact paramedics with just the touch of a button adds to the security of your family, home and life in general. Nothing is more comforting than knowing that in an emergency, the paramedics are literally just a click away.

Security Cameras and Video Monitoring

Whether you’re away on a business trip, leaving your children at home with a sitter, or simply tucked into your bed at night, security cameras and video monitors can keep you and your family safe. Some even include features that allow you to see what is happening straight from your phone!

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Water Automation

Hopefully you’ll never have to deal with the damage that comes from leaking or busted pipes, but with our integrated water automation system in place, you’ll never have to worry about trying to find the water valve in case of a problem. Automated water valves will allow you to turn the water on and off from your computer, your tablet, or your smart phone. If you need to feel safe and secure, including these features when installing your alarm systems in New Orleans will do just that. There are many different alarm systems out there, but not all of them will keep you safe from all types of disasters. Finding the right one is crucial if you want it to do its job correctly!

3 Benefits of a Security System

home security system Don’t let the cost of installing a new security system in your home deter you; the benefits far outweigh the cost. Installing a security system in your home is an investment in your property and in the well-being of your family. Here are just a few of the benefits of installing a security system in your home.  

Family Protection

Rest easy knowing your family and possessions are secured 24/7. In the event of a break-in, fire, or medical emergency, help is just a matter of seconds away. With easy-to-read buttons, police and ambulance are at your fingertips, and the two-way voice system connects you to a real person during your emergency. Even if you are away from home, across town or across the globe, access to your home is just a click away. Not sure if you locked the door? Lock and unlock doors remotely from your wireless device. With today’s advanced systems, you can monitor your home and family from afar with live video streaming and instant alerts sent straight to your mobile device.  

Save on Insurance and Power

Did you know that you can save money on your homeowner’s insurance by having a monitored security system in your home? Some insurance companies have been known to discount insurance rates by up to 20%. You can also save on your home energy bills by changing the thermostat and turning off lights while you are away from home. Are you away from home most of the year? Adjust your home’s heating and air conditioning for extreme weather and seasonal changes right from your mobile device. With savings like that, your security system will practically pay for itself.  

Crime Deterrent

A home security system not only protects your home, but your neighborhood as well. Crime statistics show that neighborhoods with more alarm systems per block have lower crime rates. Thieves are actually deterred by the number of homes on your street with alarms systems. This is also a plus when it comes to the resale value on your home. A home with an advanced security system and video surveillance in a safe neighborhood is a huge selling point for potential buyers. These are just a few of the benefits that come with installing a security system in New Orleans. Consult your local experts at Alarm Protection Services today and have peace of mind the next time you leave home.

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