For many people, being arrested for a drunk driving offense is their first experience being in trouble with the law. These people are not typically habitual criminals. In most cases, the only reason they are in trouble is because they made a mistake, not because they had any malicious intent to break the law.
The consequences for a conviction on charges for driving under the influence (DUI) can be extremely severe and can have a devastating impact on your future. Many people who are arrested for a first-time DUI don’t know their rights and decide to cooperate with law enforcement in hopes of gaining some leniency later in the process. In most cases, however, all they are doing is providing the evidence the police need for a conviction.
If you have been arrested for a DUI, sometimes referred to as driving while intoxicated (DWI), a good lawyer can help to protect your rights from the outset. At Williams, Stitely & Brink P.C. in Lexington, we have successfully defended countless clients accused of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Do not think that accepting a conviction is your only option. We know your rights, and we know how to protect them.
South Carolina law provides specific protections to individuals who are being investigated for a crime, and people suspected of drunk driving are no exception. We have seen many cases where law enforcement officials have overstepped their authority and violated our clients’ rights. In other cases, there have been errors made in the collection of evidence that frequently made it inadmissible.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, we may be able to build a defense based on any of the following:
We also represent clients in refusal cases. Under South Carolina’s implied consent law, by applying for and accepting a driver’s license, you agree to abide by all state and local laws associated with operating a vehicle. These include submitting to a blood-alcohol test if you are suspected of impaired driving. If you refuse, your license can be suspended for six months or longer. We can help you challenge the suspension and work to preserve your driving privileges.
Contact our office in Lexington to discuss your case with a lawyer. We will answer all your questions and fully explain your legal options. You can reach us by phone at 803-359-9000 or via email to schedule an appointment for an initial consultation.