If you are facing a DUI charge, the experience can be daunting. If convicted, you could find your life flipped upside down. These cases can be very complex, and they require an intricate defense. You need a DUI lawyer that has experience handling DUIs. A conviction will change many aspects of your life, so you shouldn’t take any risks.
Each case is different, but there are similarities between DUI cases. Judah VanSyckel is a DUI defense attorney experienced in handling complicated DUI cases. If you are facing a DUI, you have no time to lose. We need to begin working on your case as soon as possible. Contact our offices to set up your free consultation.
What should I do if I have been arrested for a DUI in South Carolina?
Getting arrested is scary, especially if it is for a DUI. Although it can be a misdemeanor, it is still a serious charge. By driving under the influence, you are putting the safety of yourself and everyone else at risk. You could have injured multiple people, and there are cases where people die in DUI accidents. Even if you don’t cause any injuries, you can expect to face serious consequences for your accidents.
Once you have been charged for your crime, you need to contact a criminal defense attorney that has experience with DUI defense. Our goal is to get you the best possible outcome, whether that is keeping your license, dropping down your charges, or reducing a jail sentence. We can’t promise a specific result, but we can work hard to get you the best possible outcome. There are many factors that affect your punishment, and an experienced DUI attorney will go over all your options.
When selecting your DUI attorney, you should ask them about their experience. How long have they been practicing DUI cases and what do they know about the court system in South Carolina? You should also ask your attorney about their fees and how you will be billed for your case.
How should I choose my DUI attorney?
When you consult with an attorney, you are interviewing them just as much as they are interviewing you. You should ask what they see as the course of action for a DUI case. Do they think they can get the charges dropped or minimized? Can they work to get fines reduced if you have to pay them?
Your DUI attorney might bring up the DataMaster DMT breathalyzer test. Sometimes these machines are set up inappropriately, which can give false readings. If we can prove that the breathalyzer machine was calibrated incorrectly, then the prosecution might be more willing to drop down the charges
In fact, if you take medication or have pre-existing conditions, you could look like you’re impaired when you’re not. Also, your attorney should talk with you about their familiarity with the field tests that are used as indicators of intoxication.
Your main goal when hiring a South Carolina DUI lawyer is protecting yourself for the future. There are serious consequences for DUIs, including the possibility of jail time. You need a lawyer that is focused on trying to get the case dismissed and reducing the severity of your punishment when it can’t be dismissed.
What are DUI penalties in South Carolina?
There are many penalties you could face by getting convicted of a DUI in South Carolina. You could:
- Have your license revoked
- Face jail time
- Have to pay high fines
- Have a tarnished criminal record
- Your insurance coverage could go up
In fact, there are some insurance companies that drop drivers charged with a DUI.
Even though you’re facing a multitude of legal ramifications because of your DUI, you will also have to deal with personal issues. Getting a DUI will harm your reputation. An attorney has more knowledge of the law which can help you find ways to avoid a DUI conviction.
Getting your charges reduced with a skilled DUI defense attorney.
An experienced DUI attorney can help build you a strong defense to get your charges dropped or minimized. In some circumstances, your lawyer may be able to prove that you weren’t intoxicated during the time of your accident. If this isn’t possible, your lawyer will look to reduce your penalties. You will need to discuss all the details of your case with your DUI attorney, to see what options you have.
Your lawyer can also look into the breathalyzer machine. If it wasn’t calibrated correctly, or you were on medication, then that could be part of your defense. In other cases, your vehicle could be affected by a mechanical error. An experienced attorney will research all the details of your case to strengthen your defense.
What happens if I plead guilty?
If you decide to plead guilty to your DUI you could suffer from these lasting consequences:
- Inability to maintain employment
- SR-22 insurance, which is more expensive
- Jail time
- Loss of your license
How will my DUI attorney prepare my defense?
Each DUI lawyer is different, but there are many ways that they build your defense, including:
- A DUI attorney will review the footage of the police officer that pulled you over.
- They will ask you if you received the DUI implied consent notice.
- Was the field sobriety test administered correctly?
- Were you read your Miranda rights?
These are several ways that your DUI defense lawyer will begin to build your case. It’s important that you contact an attorney immediately so that they can begin to frame your defense.
We will fight for you.
We know that a DUI can be scary, and we’re here to help. You don’t have to let a DUI ruin your life, which is why you need to hire an experienced attorney. Handling your case on your own can be setting yourself up for failure. Give yourself the best chance for success, by hiring a skilled DUI lawyer today.
Contact an experienced DUI attorney today at Saluda Law, LLC
If you have been charged with a DUI, you have no time to lose. It can take time to build your defense, and we want to help you to start quickly. Contact our offices today to schedule your free consultation. We look forward to going over the details of your case.