South Carolina backup quarterback Tanner McEvoy was arrested last week in North Carolina and charged with speeding and driving after consuming under the age of 21. The law that McEvoy broke in N.C. is similar to South Carolina's Zero Tolerance law for people arrested for drinking and driving under the age of 21. The suspension was not long lived and has been lifted according to the ol' ball coach. Coach Spurrier, talking to the Post and Courier, seemed to downplay the charge and the suspension saying, "You want him suspended for having a beer and he's underage?" Spurrier went on to say, "How many football players would be playing if they had a beer and they were underage?"
Whether or not Coach Spurrier is correct in his attitude towards this suspension, it is no secret that many high school and college students drink alcohol while under the age of 21. If you are under the age of 21 and have been caught drinking and driving with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.02 to 0.08, you will have your license suspended for at least 3 months. If you refuse a breathalyzer test, your license willbe suspended for six months. Additionally, you must enroll in the Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program (ADSAP) before your license can be reinstated. If you are under 21 and your BAC is 0.08 or higher, you can be prosecuted under the DUI laws that apply to all drivers.
Remember, DUI is a serious charge. Trying to fight a DUI charge without the assistance of a DUI lawyer is not recommended. Our law firm is devoted to defending those charged with criminal offenses, including DUI. If you have been charged with a crime, a South Carolina criminal defense attorney can help protect your rights and fight your charge. Call us today to discuss your case. Your call is confidential and free of charge.