Strom Law Firm Criminal Defense Lawyers DUI Defense
Being arrested for DUI does not mean that you are guilty, a bad person, or that you do not have any rights. The Strom Law Firm DUI defense lawyers located in Columbia, South Carolina, can help. Schedule a free case consultation today.
Pleading guilty to a DUI charge without the advice of a lawyer can have lasting personal and professional consequences, including:
- loss of your ability to maintain your current employment or to obtain future work,
- the expense of SR-22 insurance,
- possible prison time,
- hefty fines (which can double when you add court costs), &
- the loss of your license.
Founded by a former U.S. Attorney, the team at Strom Law also includes a former Public Defender. Mr. Strom has been awarded an AV rating, the highest Martindale-Hubble ranking. Our Columbia DUI lawyers will evaluate your case at no charge.
How to Fight Your DUI Arrest
During our complimentary case evaluation, we’ll answer any questions you may have and discuss all possible consequences of a conviction.
If retained to provide your DUI defense, our DUI lawyers will investigate the legality of your DUI arrest and determine whether guilt can be proven.
Preparing a DUI Defense
Was your DUI arrest legal?
Only a DUI attorney can thoroughly evaluate and challenge your DUI arrest. DUI statutes we’ll examine include:
- South Carolina law dictates that the police officer’s video camera must begin video recording as soon as the officer turns the blue lights on.
- Before administering the breath test, the officer must have read and provided the implied consent notice, stating the consequences of a refusal to submit to a blood test, urine test, or breath test. Learn more about challenging breath tests.
- Field sobriety tests (FST) must have been properly administered. Inaccuracies with FSTs are widespread and commonly challenged. Learn more about challenging field sobriety tests.
Under DUI Law: Guilt Must Be Proven
The South Carolina DUI lawyers at Strom Law Firm, LLC will examine these and other DUI laws to determine the strength or weakness of the case against you.
- The prosecution must prove that there was a reason, known as reasonable suspicion, for the officer to pull you over. For example, the officer saw you driving recklessly, speeding, or swerving over the double yellow line.
- The prosecution must prove that you were driving.
- The prosecution must also prove that you were on the road.
- The prosecution must establish that you were materially and appreciably impaired.
Consequences of a DUI Conviction in South Carolina:
Outcomes associated with a driving under the influence conviction are determined by
- the charge of a first DUI, second DUI, third DUI, or subsequent offense;
- your blood alcohol level (the higher your BAC, the stiffer the penalties);
- your agreement or refusal to take a chemical test, such as a breath, blood, or urine test (if you refuse, you will lose your license for 6 months, unless you request an administrative suspension hearing);
- minors being in your vehicle.
Cases our Columbia DUI Lawyers handle include:
- DUI (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th)
- Felony DUI
- Boating under the influence
- Underage drinking
- Military base DUI
- DUI including drugs
- Traffic Offenses
Not sure if your situation falls into one of these cases? Call us or fill out the form for a no-cost consultation. Find out how our lawyers can give you another chance.
Interview us now to find out how we can best serve your legal needs. Call to schedule your no-fee case evaluation.