Drivers are arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence in South Carolina every day. Drunk driving is never condoned but just because you have been arrested does not mean you are guilty. Under South Carolina DUI law, an officer can initiate an arrest for drunk driving based only on suspicion of impairment. Good people occasionally make mistakes and social pressure against drinking and driving has become so great that there is little tolerance for even responsible social drinking.
Because of the potential financial, legal and social consequences of a South Carolina DUI, it is important to seek legal help. Note that not all attorneys practice criminal law and those that do may not have extensive knowledge with DUI defense.
South Carolina DUI Lawyer Joe Good is a qualified and experienced DUI criminal defense attorney who focuses on offering a complete drunk driving defense strategy. Joe Good has the dedication and resources to develop an aggressive and effective defense for your specific case. Joe Good will use his knowledge of DUI law and the legal system to get you the best possible result.
Free Initial DUI Consultation
South Carolina DUI Attorney Joe Good will review the details of your arrest, ask about your needs and then outline your legal options and his fee. There is no cost or obligation for the initial meeting, so contact Joe Good now by calling (843) 412-1401. Time is very important so don’t delay.
Penalties for DUI in South Carolina
There are both criminal and civil penalties associated with driving under the influence in Charleston County. A conviction on criminal charges could lead to large fines, jail, community service and mandatory substance abuse treatment. Your auto insurance will probably be cancelled and you will be required to get expensive, high-risk coverage. The penalties increase with any additional DUI violations.
Being found guilty of drunk driving in South Carolina would also result in a criminal record, which could have a long-term impact on employment opportunities. You could be restricted from renting a car, opening a credit account and even traveling to some countries.
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In a separate civil action, if you refused to submit to a test for blood alcohol content or you registered a BAC of .15% or higher, the state will seek to suspend your driver’s license. It is important to realize that you could actually win your DUI and still lose your license.
You can petition the Department of Motor Vehicles for an Administrative Hearing and try to save your driving privileges, though you must do so within 30 days of your arrest. Failure to do so will result in loss of your right to a hearing and the automatic suspension of your license.
DUI Lawyer Joe Good can help you with all aspects of your DUI defense, including representing you at the DMV hearing and aggressively defending you in the courtroom.