South Carolina Drunk Driving Defense Attorneys
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- Katonak, Brian:
DUI and criminal law
- Anderson & Anderson:
DUI Defense/Any Court
In certain circumstances, with DUI or alcohol related charges, you may qualify for a provisional license or route restricted license which will allow you to continue to drive with limitations during your suspension.
- Geier, Christopher: DUI / DWI Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs (DUI or DWI) is a serious crime in South Carolina. Too often, people choose not to hire a lawyer and simply plead guilty without understanding the long-term effects that the decision will have on their life. If you, or a family member, have been charged with DUI, all is not lost. The laws of South Carolina require law enforcement officers to follow certain procedures to successfully convict a defendant of DUI. Your attorney must understand these procedures and be willing to attack any deficiencies in the State's case. If the State's case is sound, you need an attorney who is not afraid to take your case to trial. Finding an attorney whose specifically handles DUI is critical.
- Douglas Jennings: Traffic offenses can represent an inconvenience that results in rising insurance premiums and some out of pocket expense. However, most people do not realize that most serious traffic violations are actually criminal offenses. In some cases, what a driver thought was just a traffic ticket can turn out to have lasting effects on his or her finances, mobility, job prospects, and freedom. If you are stopped for committing a traffic offense, such as speeding, following too closely, driving without a license, driving with a suspended license, careless driving, reckless driving, driving without insurance, or any other offense, the services of an experienced traffic violations attorney can be of great assistance in challenging the stop, challenging the underlying cause of the infraction, and cross examining police officers, among other things. We will work to protect your pocketbook and your driving record.
- Vaux & Marscher: The current public opinion on drunk driving and other serious traffic related matters, has caused the South Carolina Legislators to make aggressive changes in driving laws. If you are ticketed and/or arrested in South Carolina for D.U.I. or D.U.S., you should contact a Criminal Defense Attorney immediately to protect your rights.
- Powers Law Firm: If you are accused of driving under the influence (DUI) or a traffic violation, you need an experienced attorney. You not only have to defend yourself against criminal penalties, but also face potential driver's license, insurance and employment consequences.
- Jennings & Jennings: * Traffic violations o Speeding tickets o Driving with a suspended license * DUI/DWI * Probation violations * Drug crimes o Possession o Trafficking o Cultivation and distribution * Sex crimes * Violent crimes o Assault o Domestic violence o Homicide * Robbery * Theft * Juvenile crimes
- Speedy, Tanner & Atkinson: This includes cases ranging from murder to simple assault, DUI to speeding violations, drug trafficking to drug possession and weapon offenses to sex crimes. We also handle probation/parole violations.
- Clemson DUI Lawyer -
Aaron J Angell is a criminal defense attorney committed to providing
professional legal services to all of upstate SC, including Greenville,
Easley, Seneca, Pickens, Anderson, and Clemson. "
- Olson, Smith, Jordan & Cox: * Drug Offenses * DUI * Felonies * Misdemeanors * Property Crimes
- John Ervin: The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) permits deportation of an alien convicted of an "aggravated felony," which can include "a crime of violence for which the term of imprisonment [is] at least one year." In line with this provision, aliens convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) in states which characterize a DUI conviction as a crime of violence have been subjected to automatic deportation, even if they have been legally residing in the U.S. for years. However, the U.S. Supreme Court recently barred deportation of an alien convicted of DUI pursuant to the aforementioned INA provision. In November 2004, the Court held in Leocal v. Ashcroft that state DUI offenses that do not require proof of any mental state, or require only a showing that an individual acted negligently in operating the vehicle, are not crimes of violence for purposes of expedited alien deportation.
- Daniel, Shipp:
33% Corporate / Incorporation
33% DUI / DWI
- Olson, Smith, Jordan & Cox: * Drug Offenses * DUI * Felonies * Misdemeanors * Property Crimes
- Edisto Island
- Carruthers & Roth-Wallace Gregory:
50% DUI / DWI
50% Criminal Defense
- Folly Beach
- Bolus, Keith:
A Driving Under the Influence (DUI) arrest can have very harmful consequences, not only for your freedom, but also your employment. A DUI arrest can lead to the suspension to your right to drive in South Carolina. Keith Bolus knows that you need your license not only for work, but for your ability to function in todays society.
- Fort Mill
- Nosal & Jetter:
South Carolina traffic tickets, South Carolina DUI (Serving All Counties in South Carolina)
- Reeves, Aiken, Hightower & Burns:
DUI, or “driving under the influence,” is a serious misdemeanor offense in South Carolina. To prove a DUI, the state must prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt that:
the accused was operating a motor vehicle
under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating substance, or both, AND
the accused’s “faculties to drive a motor vehicle are materially and appreciably impaired” (the accused was unable to operate a car safely)
DUAC, or “driving with an unlawful alcohol concentration,” is also a serious misdemeanor offense with one critical difference. The State does not have to show “unsafe driving.” Rather, you are guilty of this charge if your BAC level is 0.08% or higher.
Many lawyers who do not handle DUI cases regularly and many individuals misunderstand the nature of the DUAC charge. It is NOT a lesser or reduced form of DUI. In fact, the legislature passed this law to actually make it easier for the State to prove you guilty of “drunk driving.” Only the BAC level is at issue. Here, a skilled DUI defense lawyer will challenge the stop, the field sobriety testing for probable cause to arrest, and the breath testing procedure itself. Of course, the most powerful weapon we have in DUI defense is the video statute (Section 56-5-2953). If we can show defects in the video evidence, the BAC level becomes moot.
- Garden City
- Mason, Dave:
On the Job Injuries
Slip and Fall Claims
Social Security Disability Claims
Dog Bite Claims
Tractor Trailer Accidents
Child Custody & Support
Misdemeanor Criminal Charges
- Harmon & Felts:
In the State of South Carolina, it is against the law to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs to the extent that the person's faculties to drive a motor vehicle are materially and appreciably impaired. South Carolina has strict punishments for those arrested and convicted of driving under the influence (DUI). If you refuse to provide a breath sample or you provide a sample and register a .15 or higher, your license will be suspended immediately. Even a first offense conviction can result in a misdemeanor that will remain on your record forever. The penalties are enhanced for each subsequent offense, creating a myriad of problems for those who are convicted.
It is imperative to hire an experienced attorney to effectively navigate the collateral consequences of a DUI arrest and potential conviction.
- Jack Scoville: A DUI offense is treated very seriously by the courts of South Carolina. Not only can a DUI conviction involve jail time, but can result in a loss of driving privileges, which can affect your ability to make a living.
Oxner & Stacy:
Q: If I get stopped by a police officer for driving under the influence, should I submit to a breathalyzer?
A: No, but you will lose your license for 90 days unless you request an Administrative Hearing and prevail.
Q: If I get stopped by a police officer for driving under the influence, should I submit to a field sobriety test?
- Goose Creek
- Wilson Law Offices: If you have been arrested or charged with drunk driving or driving under the influence (DUI) there are defenses available to you. It is important to work with an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can help mitigate the serious consequences that can occur as a result of a DUI.
- Ayers, Smithdeal & Bettis: * Employment Law * Wage Claims * Premises Liability * Criminal Defense * Civil Rights * Contracts and Legal Document Drafting
- Nicholson, Meredith and Anderson: Traffic violations can have serious criminal consequences, particularly when a driver is accused of driving under the influence. A conviction on DUI / DWI charges may result in fines, the revocation or suspension of your driver's license, and possible jail time. In addition, your insurance company may increase your rates to an unmanageable level. In defending against an impaired driving charge, you have many rights as a criminal defendant, including the right to cross-examine the witnesses against you, even if they are police officers. An experienced criminal defense attorney can make all the difference in such a difficult case.
- Welch Law Firm: The crime of drunk driving is generally defined in two ways: (1) having a blood alcohol content above the limit set by law, or (2) driving under the influence of alcohol. To find a person guilty under the first definition, a jury must be convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that the person's blood alcohol content (BAC) exceeded a certain amount. In most states the legal limit is .10 percent. Therefore, if it is proved that the person's BAC at the time of the incident was .10 percent or greater, he or she can be convicted of drunk driving, regardless of how much alcohol was actually consumed. As a practical matter, one drink would almost certainly not lead to a BAC of .10 percent or greater; generally, a person needs to have five drinks in an hour to develop a BAC of .10 percent. However, if there was something unique about the person or the drink, or other circumstance, one drink could raise the BAC above the legal limit. In contrast, the second definition does not refer to any particular BAC. It focuses on the driving behavior of the person; if it is impaired by the person's consumption of alcohol, he or she can be found guilty of drunk driving. Instead of presenting evidence of the BAC to a jury, the prosecution seeking a conviction under this definition generally presents testimony about the person's driving and consumption of alcohol. A police officer will often describe the impaired driving that lead him to pull the person over and the person's ability (or lack thereof) to perform field sobriety tests, such as walking a straight line. Evidence is also usually presented concerning the person's consumption of alcohol and if the jury then concludes that the prosecution has met its burden of proof, it will convict the person of drunk driving. A susceptible person may exhibit impaired driving after one drink and therefore be convicted of drunk driving.
- Havran, Andrew: Assault Cases Criminal Defense Domestic Cases Drug Offenses DUI Expungement of Criminal Records Juvenile Offenses Protective Orders Shoplifting Accusations Theft and Fraud Offenses Traffic Offenses
- Rogers, Sara: DUI/DWI DUI or what is called DWI in other states is a serious matter and a DUI conviction can cause you severe repercussions in your life. Before you plead guilty or pay a fine for DUI, you need to contact a lawyer to consider all the legal ramifications. It is very possible the lawyer will recommend you proceed to trial before you plead guilty. If you pay a fine or plead guilty you may face increases to your insurance rates, driver’s license suspensions, and a host of potential future problems. You should contact a criminal defense attorney to discuss your legal rights.
- Hilton Head
- Horowitz & Primiano:
An arrest for Driving While Impaired does not have to be a frightening and confusing experience.
- Lord Law Firm: If you have been arrested for drunk driving, you are not in a hopeless situation.
- Schiller Law Firm:
If you have never been involved with the criminal justice system, suddenly facing a DUI/DWI or BUI charge can be disorienting and embarrassing. A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can help you understand your options, protect your rights and take immediate steps to resolve the problem.
- Battle & Allen:
DUI and Traffic Ticket Lawyer Serving Marion, Florence, Dillon, Conway, Mullins,Nichols and Latta
Drunk-driving and traffic violations can carry significant penalties in South Carolina. People who are found guilty of motor vehicle offenses may end up in jail, lose their driving privileges or be required to pay hefty fines. While reckless behavior behind the wheel is never OK, there are many circumstances where a traffic stop is unwarranted or law enforcement officials fail to follow protocol that protects your rights.
- Moncks Corner
- Seaton, Grover:
If you have been arrested for DUI in South Carolina, you face a wide range of potential consequences, including criminal penalties such as probation and jail. You also face administrative fines, loss of your driver's license and skyrocketing insurance rates. It is important to consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. With skilled legal guidance, you may be able to get these charges dismissed.
- Vannoy, Brady: DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE FACTS: Most of the clients who come into my office charged with DUI have never been arrested before. They are shaken from the embarrassment of completing field sobriety tests and horrified that they spent the night in jail. Most are also in fear of losing their jobs, their reputations, and liberty interests. Note there are time-sensitive aspects to a DUI case. If you have been charged with DUI, please contact my law office today to schedule a free consultation so I can begin to help you through these tough times. Below are some brief facts regarding South Carolina's DUI laws. * Under South Carolina law, it is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicants to such an extent that one's mental and physical faculties are materially and appreciably impaired. * South Carolina's "Legal Limit" is 0.08%. However, providing a breath sample greater than or equal to that "number" does not prove one is intoxicated. Penalties for Driving Under the Influence conviction: * For a First Offense: -Refusal or 0.09% or less, minimum 48 hours to 30 days in jail, or a monetary fine of approximately $1,000. -0.10% to 0.15%, fine of greater than $1,200 or a jail sentence of a minimum 72 hours to 30 days. -0.16% or greater, fine of greater than $2,200 or a jail sentence of a minimum 30 days to 90 days in jail. -All DUI first offense convictions carry a driver's license suspension of 6 months and mandatory Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program ("ADSAP") completion along with SR-22 insurance and a criminal record for life. * For a Second Offense: -Refusal or 0.09% or less, a fine of $2,100 to $5,100 and a jail sentence of a minimum 5 days up to 1 year in prison. -0.10% to 0.15%, a fine of $2,500 to $5,500 and a jail sentence of 30 days to 2 years. -0.16% or greater, a fine of $3,500 to $6,500 and a jail sentence of 90 days to 3 years. -All DUI second offense convictions carry a driver's license suspension of 1 year with no driving privileges available during that year, an ADSAP requirement, and SR-22 insurance. * For a Third Offense: -Refusal or 0.09% or less, a fine of $3,800 to $6,300 and a jail sentence of a minimum of 60 days to 3 years. -0.10% to 0.15%, a fine of $5,000 to $7,500 and a jail sentence of 90 days to 3 years. -0.16% or greater, a fine of $7,500 to $10,000 and a jail sentence of 6 months to 5 years. -All DUI third offense convictions carry a 2 year suspension, with no driving privilege available, an ADSAP requirement, and SR-22 insurance
- Mount Pleasant
- Murrells Inlet
- Bunce, Brad:
35% Car / Auto Accident
20% Personal Injury
10% DUI / DWI
- Mrytle Beach
- North Augusta
- James Huff: If you are convicted of a first offense DUI in South Carolina, you are subjected to a fine of $637.00 or 30 days in jail. A 2nd offense in 10 years can result in a minimum fine of $2,000.00 up to $5000.00 and imprisoned for at least 48 hours or up to 1 year. A judge could order a person convicted of DUI 2nd to at least 10 days of public service instead of serving time in jail.
- North Charleston
- North Mrytle Beach
- Irvin Law Firm: In a criminal case, a government agency seeks to punish you or entities for behavior that the state or country has declared unlawful. Prosecutors decide whether to file charges against a defendant Convictions may result in fine, jail, or both The burden of proof is "beyond a reasonable doubt" Usually the government will pay for your attorney if you can't afford one Criminal defendants are almost always entitled to a jury trial
- Lanier & Burroughs: aggravated or repeat charges of drunk driving, including: * DUAC with blood alcohol levels of 0.10, 0.15, or higher * Property damage or personal injury accidents * DUI with a child in the car * DUI or DUAC on a suspended or revoked driver's license * Fleeing an officer or resisting arrest * Felony DUI for a fourth or additional offense Many DUI cases give us the chance to refer your case to an Alcohol Diversion Program (ADP) to minimize your criminal exposure on the main drunk driving charge. We also work to recover or protect your driving privileges in a South Carolina DMV administrative hearing for a restricted route or provisional license. Just as importantly, we try to negotiate alternatives to DUI charges whenever possible in order to avoid the higher insurance rates that can accompany an SR 22 high-risk rating on your driving record.
- Pawleys Island
- Weathers Law:
• Personal Injury—Helping You Receive the Compensation You Need & Deserve
• Collection Law—Representing Creditors & Debtors in All Areas of Collection Law
• Workers' Compensation—Ensuring That Your Rights as an Employee are Properly Protected
• Real Estate Law—Assisting Clients in Residential & Commercial Real Estate Transactions
• Criminal Defense—Providing Personalized Representation for a Variety of Criminal Charges
• Product Liability—If You Have Been Injured as a Result of a Defective or Dangerous Product, We Can Help
• Mechanics Liens—Working with Builders & Property Owners to Protect Their Interests under South Carolina's
Mechanics Lien Laws
• Business Organization—Assisting Business Startups & Filing Organizational
Documents with the South Carolina Secretary of State's Office
- Rock Hill
- Toussaint Law Firm:
DUI consequences involve serious fines and real jail time. It also involves the loss of your license.
- Stoudemire & Sprouse: Adoptions Automobile Accidents Criminal Custody Divorce Family Law General Practice in all Courts Personal Injury Social Security Disability Trials Workers Compensation
- Hilton, Russell:
Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature
Assault and Battery 1st Degree
Assualt and Battery 2nd Degree
Assault and Battery 3rd Degree
Assault upon a Correctional
Breach of Peace (non-aggravated)
Breach of Trust < 1000
Breach of Trust > 1000 < 5000
Breach of Trust > 5000
Breaking into a Motor Vehicle
Burglary 2nd (Non-Violent)
Burglary 2nd (Violent)
Carjacking w/o Injury
Carrying a Concealed Weapon (not a pistol)
CDV / Criminal Domestic Violence
Child Endangerment (w/ motor vehicle)
Contributing to Delinquency of a Minor
Defrauding an Innkeeper
Felony DUI, Death results
Felony DUI, Great bodily injury results
DUI / Driving Under the Influence
DUS / Driving Under Suspension
Enticing Child from Attending School
Escape (Common Law)
Escape (from Work Release)
Exploitation of a Vulnerable Adult
Failure to Register as Sex Offender
Failure to Return Rented Objects < 2000
Failure to Return Rented Objects > 2000 < 10000
Failure to Return Rented Objects > 10000
Financial Identity Fraud
Forgery (no dollar amount)
Forgery < 5000
Forgery > 5000
Fraudulent Check > 1000 – 1st offense
Financial Transaction Card Forgery
Financial Transaction Card Fraud
Financial Transaction Card Theft
Failure to Stop for a Blue Light
Grand Larceny > 2000 < 10000
Grand Larceny > 10000
Habitual Traffic Offender
Ill-Treatment of Animals
Leaving the scene of an Accident (great bodily injury)
Leaving the scene of an Accident (personal injury)
Leaving the scene of an Accident (property damage only)
Lynching 2nd degree
Malicious Injury to Personal Property < 2000
Malicious Injury to Personal Property > 2000 < 10000
Malicious Injury to Personal Property > 10000
Malicious Injury to Real Property < 2000
Malicious Injury to Real Property > 2000 < 10000
Malicious Injury to Real Property > 10000
Obstruction of Justice
Obtaining Goods by False Pretenses < 2000
Obtaining Goods by False Pretenses > 2000 < 10000
Obtaining Goods by False Pretenses > 10000
Pointing or Presenting a Firearm
Possession of a Sawed off Shotgun
Possession of Pistol by Person Under 18
Possession of Stolen Vehicle < 2000
Possession of Stolen Vehicle > 2000 < 10000
Possession of Stolen Vehicle > 10000
Possession of Tools to be Used in Crime
Public Disorderly Conduct
Receiving Stolen Goods < 2000
Receiving Stolen Goods > 2000 < 10000
Receiving Stolen Goods > 10000
Resisting Arrest (A) (w/o assault)
Resisting Arrest (B) (assault, beat, wound)
Shoplifting < 2000
Simple Assault and Battery
Strong Arm Robbery
Third or Subsequent Property Offense
Threatening the Life of a Public Employee
Threatening the Life of a Public Official
Trespassing after Notice
Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol
Unlawful Conduct Towards a Child
Unlawful Possession of a Pistol
Unlawful Use of 911 Service
Use of Vehicle w/o Permission (intent to deprive)
Use of Vehicle w/o Permission (temporary)
- Coleman Law Firm: * Criminal Defense * DUI/DWI * Drug Charges * Juvenile Charges * Domestic Violence * Probation Violations * Personal Injury * Car and Truck Accidents * Workers Compensation * Dog Bites
- Rossington Law Office: CRIMINAL LAW Make no mistake about it! Justice is not always fair. If you "rest on your laurels" and wait for justice instead of aggressively formulating a defense, you may be sadly disappointed indeed. Sometimes in our great country, you have to fight to preserve your rights, whether it is a case involving a speeding ticket, DUI, misdemeanor or felony. The criminal justice process begins when someone makes an allegation that a crime has taken place. The allegation can be made by a fellow private citizen or by the local constabulary (police). Police then usually conduct an investigation and may question suspects. If you are a suspect, it is generally not a good idea to provide statements to the police without ensuring that you are fully aware of your rights. Unfortunately, innocent citizens are sometimes arrested, tried and even convicted. It is important to understand the criminal justice process and the ramifications of any evidence that may be used against you. Moreover, if you are arrested for a crime, it is important to understand your various choices, including entering a plea and going to trial.
- Mark Leiendecker: Crimes that are regarded as less serious are referred to as misdemeanors. A misdemeanor usually is punishable by a fine or by incarceration in a local jail for a period of less than one year. Prosecutors typically do not convene a grand jury to investigate or issue indictments for misdemeanor charges, although the same conduct may give rise to both felony and misdemeanor charges. Misdemeanors are usually charged by a written complaint, or "information." In some states, poor defendants are not entitled to a court-appointed attorney when charged only with a misdemeanor. The charges may be considered minor, but being accused of a misdemeanor--not to mention being convicted of one--can cause a major disruption in the life of an accused. As in any criminal case, it is essential that a defendant in a misdemeanor prosecution have zealous representation backing him or her up. A person accused of a misdemeanor should seek the help of a criminal defense attorney.
- Young, Reiter & Keffer: Traffic violations can have serious criminal consequences, particularly when a driver is accused of driving under the influence. A conviction on DUI/DWI charges may result in fines, the revocation or suspension of your driver's license, and possible jail time. In addition, your insurance company may increase your rates to an unmanageable level. In defending against an impaired driving charge, you have many rights as a criminal defendant, including the right to cross-examine the witnesses against you, even if they are police officers. An experienced criminal defense attorney can make all the difference in such a difficult case.
- Lee, Erter, Wilson, James, Holler & Smith:
General Civil Practice. Insurance Defense, Corporation, Insurance, Family, Domestic Relations, Probate, Real Property Law, Real Estate, Commercial Real Estate, Criminal Defense, Driving While Intoxicated, Traffic Violations, Construction Law, Litigation, Wills, Mergers, Drug Trafficking, Workers Compensation, Adoptions
- Surfside Beach
- Floyd Law Law Office: crimes in all courts of the State of South Carolina, including felonies, misdemeanors, traffic cases and DUI's.
- Williams, Susan:
DUI, DUS, traffic tickets
Domestic violence cases
Emergency, preliminary, and bond hearings
Probation violations, drug offenses
Felonies and Misdemeanors
Federal, State, Magistrate and Municipal Court
- Day, Daniel: 100% DUI / DWI
- Hetrick, Harvin & Bonds: If you have received a traffic ticket in South Carolina, you need to be aware of how the ticket could affect both your car insurance rates as well as your driver’s license points. Pleading guilty to a speeding or reckless driving ticket can result in you paying higher car insurance rates for years. In addition, the points subtracted from your driver’s license could ultimately affect your ability to drive.
- Minick Law:
When facing a criminal charge in North Carolina, it’s natural to feel anxious and alone.
- West Columbia
- Taylor Law Firm: Are you facing criminal charges in South Carolina? Your best defense is an experienced criminal law attorney. Your freedom and future are at risk.