Preparing Your South Carolina DUI Defense
In South Carolina, it is not illegal to have a drink of alcohol and drive. However, according to state law, it is illegal to operate a vehicle if the person’s faculties to drive are materially and appreciably impaired. Because a DUI conviction can have lasting implications to your private and professional life, it is important to involve an attorney early on.
Charged with a DUI?
The Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. South Carolina DUI Attorneys handle the following types of DUI charges:
- DUI first, second, third and subsequent
- Felony DUI
- Boating under the influence
- DUI – prison under 21 years of age
- Military base DUI
Only a DUI attorney can thoroughly evaluate and challenge your DUI arrest. Immediately after you hire us, we will begin preparing your DUI Defense.
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 employment,
- the expense of SR-22 insurance,
- possible prison time,
- hefty fines (which can double when you add court costs), &
- the loss of your license.
Was your DUI arrest legal?
In preparing for the defense of your DUI charge, many questions need to be addressed:
- Was the police officer’s video camera recording as soon as the officer turns the blue lights on?
- Prior to administering the breath test, was the implied consent notice read, which states the consequences of a refusal to submit to a blood test, urine test, or breath test? Learn more about challenging breath tests.
- Were field sobriety tests (FSTs) properly administered? Inaccuracies with FSTs are widespread and commonly challenged. Learn more about challenging field sobriety tests.
- Did the officer have a legitimate reason, known as reasonable suspicion, to pull you over in the first place?
- Did the officer read you your Miranda rights?
Your Punishment for drunk driving is based upon:
- 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 test;
- whether there was a minor in your vehicle; and
- whether anyone was injured or killed as a result.
Call Today for a Free DUI Consultation
A DUI conviction can alter the rest of your life, impacting potential, future employment, insurance rates, and your reputation among your peers. A DUI charge is a serious offense which requires a strategic, aggressive, well-planned defense. It is imperative that you do not wait until you have jeopardized your rights to contact an attorney. We know the law. Let us put our experience to work for you. 803.252.4800