As many people in South Carolina know, a conviction for driving under the influence can come with serious penalties, including fines, imprisonment and driver license suspension. If a fatal accident was the result of a DUI, the penalties grow exponentially.
Baseball fans in South Carolina and around the country may recall Esteban Loaiza starting the 2003 Major League Baseball All-Star game. The 47-year-old pitcher's career spanned more than a decade, but his fortunes took a turn for the worse when his minivan was pulled over for an unspecified traffic violation in February 2018.
People in South Carolina and elsewhere face lifelong consequences when authorities convict them of felonies. Even if their sentences apply probation instead of prison time, the people experience ongoing problems with obtaining work and housing. In some states, felony records cling to 10 to 15 percent of the adult population. This burgeoning felon population nationwide has inspired some states to look at ways of reducing felony convictions after increases over the past decades caused by the reclassification of some crimes from misdemeanors to felonies.
In 2016, there were 48 women killed by men in South Carolina. That is according to a report from the Violence Policy Center, and the report states that most women who are killed by men around the country are murdered with a firearm. It also stated the vast majority of those victims were killed by someone who they knew. Specifically, 63 percent of females who were killed by males were their wives or romantic partners.