WHAT IS FAILURE TO STOP FOR A BLUE LIGHT?

January 13, 2015

By Vannoy Law Firm

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WHAT IS FAILURE TO STOP FOR A BLUE LIGHT?

Seems self-evident right?  Failure to stop for a blue light means you failed to stop for a blue light.  What if you did not see the blue light?  What if you saw the blue light after driving several miles with the police following you?  Can you get a DUI and a Failure to Stop charge at the same time?  Yes. 

Failure to Stop for a Blue light is defined by our Legislature as follows:

SECTION 56-5-750. Failure to stop motor vehicle when signaled by law-enforcement vehicle.

(A) In the absence of mitigating circumstances, it is unlawful for a motor vehicle driver, while driving on a road, street, or highway of the State, to fail to stop when signaled by a law enforcement vehicle by means of a siren or flashing light. An attempt to increase the speed of a vehicle or in other manner avoid the pursuing law enforcement vehicle when signaled by a siren or flashing light is prima facie evidence of a violation of this section. Failure to see the flashing light or hear the siren does not excuse a failure to stop when the distance between the vehicles and other road conditions are such that it would be reasonable for a driver to hear or see the signals from the law enforcement vehicle.
 

Here's the penalty section:


(B) A person who violates the provisions of subsection (A):

(1) for a first offense where no great bodily injury or death resulted from the violation, is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than five hundred dollars or imprisoned for not less than ninety days nor more than three years. The Department of Motor Vehicles must suspend the person's driver's license for at least thirty days.

What's this all mean?  Well for one, if you are convicted of Failure to Stop for a Blue Light you are a prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm for life under Federal Law.  See this link https://bradyvannoy.com/convictions-and-gun-rights/

Number two, you are fined $500 plus costs and assessments (which adds up to a lot more than $500) or imprisoned for not less than 90 days.  Number three, you lose your driver's license for thirty days. 

Failure to Stop for a Blue Light is a serious charge that could result in jail time.  If you have questions about a Failure to Stop charge in South Carolina, call me to discuss your options (843) 761-0610.

If you have been charged with a DUI, traffic ticket, criminal offense, or a probation violation, feel free to contact me to discuss your options.  I also handle driver's license issues, parole cases, and other matters.  At my office, you will receive a free interview in criminal cases.  If retained, I will go about protecting your initial court appearance, if possible, and begin investigating the case.  If you have questions about a criminal or DUI case or questions about this article, feel free to contact me at (843) 761-0610.  If you would like to read more about South Carolina's DUI and criminal laws, copy/paste this link into your search heading https://bradyvannoy.com/blog/

If you have questions regarding a DUI or criminal case in Berkeley, Charleston, or Dorchester County, please contact my office today at (843) 761-0610 or through the contact page on this website.

Photo-3Brady Vannoy is a criminal defense lawyer in Berkeley County, South Carolina.  He carries a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating.  According to the rating system, "AV Preeminent(r) is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence."

Brady Vannoy is a member of The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers in South Carolina.  You can find his profile at www.thenationaltriallawyers.org.

Brady Vannoy's office is located in downtown Moncks Corner.  He regularly takes cases in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties.  Brady is a member of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100.  Brady defends DUI and all types of criminal cases in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties along with other areas of the South Carolina low country.  He can be reached at (843) 761-0610, brady@vannoymurphy.com, or through the contact page on this website.

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