(A) A person who experiences a drug or alcohol-related overdose and is in need of medical assistance may not be prosecuted for any of the offenses listed in § 44-53-1920 if the evidence for prosecution was obtained as a result of the drug or alcohol-related overdose and need for medical assistance.

(B) A person described in § 44-53-1920 must use his or her own name when contacting authorities, and fully cooperate with law enforcement and medical personnel.

Terms Used In South Carolina Code 44-53-1930

  • Drug or alcohol-related overdose: means an acute condition, including mania, hysteria, extreme physical illness, coma, or death resulting from the consumption or use of a controlled substance, alcohol, or another substance with which a controlled substance or alcohol was combined, that a layperson would reasonably believe to be a drug or alcohol overdose that requires medical assistance. See South Carolina Code 44-53-1910
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.