DUI Lawyer in Lexington, SC
We at The Farley Law Firm, LLC, understand the severity of the situation that you face if you have been arrested and charged with DUI or DUAC. You could lose your license as well as a fine, SR-22 insurance requirements, and ADSAP enrollment for a conviction.
There may be mitigating issues that could be present in your case that could allow for a lesser plea or dismissal. Let me put my skill to work for you in reviewing and assesing your case. Each case has its own set of circumstances and each one must be reviewed for its own merits and unique facts.
DUI & Related Traffic Laws in South Carolina
Legal Drinking Limit in South Carolina
The blood alcohol content (BAC) limit for an individual who is over 21 is 0.08%. If you are convicted of driving with an unlawful alcohol concentration, you could face tough penalties such as paying thousands in fines and even jail time.
For minors under 21, it is 0.02%. You will face severe penalties for a conviction, and you need skilled assistance on your side in your case.
DUI or DUAC S.C. Ann. §56-5-2930 or S.C. Ann. § 56-5-2933
Penalties for a first conviction can include up to Thirty (30) days in jail, a Six Month license suspension, Thousands of dollars in fines, and SR-22 insurance requirements, and a permanent Criminal record. If you are convicted of a second, third, or subsequent offense, then the penalties will increase and Persons convicted face thousands of dollars in fines and extensive Prison time.
DUI with Injury or Death S.C. Ann. §56-5-2945
Many DUI cases involve a car accident, some also involve severe bodily injury. If you are charged with DUI where significant bodily injury was involved, then your charge could be increased to a felony DUI and you will face significantly greater fines and Prison terms.
Failure to Stop for a Blue Light S.C. Ann. §56-5-750
In South Carolina, drivers who are involved in an accident are required to remain at the scene. If you are charged with leaving or fleeing the scene and DUI, or failing to stop when signaled by a law enforcement vehicle by means of a siren or flashing light, then you may face significant penalties if convicted.
RECKLESS HOMICIDE S.C. Ann. § 56-5-2910
There are several different DUI offenses that are charged as felonies. In a DUI case where there was an accident, and an individual died due to the accident, is one case where you will be charged with a felony DUI offense, any person convicted of a felony DUI with Death will face significant incarceration periods in the South Carolina Department of Corrections.
DMV Administrative Hearings
If you are arrested and charged with the crime of DUI or DUAC, then you will have the opportunity to fight for your right to keep your license. However, this is time sensitive and the paperwork Administrative Hearing requests must be completed within thirty (30) days of an arrest. When This process is done correctly an Administrative hearing will be scheduled at the Administrative law court where a challenge to the evidence submitted by the arresting officer can be made by your attorney.
Field Sobriety Tests
If you are pulled over, and the officer suspects you of driving under the influence, then they may ask you to perform a field sobriety test. These are designed, not as pass or fail tests, but as a means to gather enough evidence to warrant an arrest. The three standardized Field Sobriety tests are:
- Horizontal Gaze Nystagmaus
- Walk and Turn
- One Leg Stand
Driving on a Suspended License
Operating a motor vehicle while your driver's license has been suspended will cause you to incur serious penalties. It is important that you understand your options if your license is suspended, and that you seek representation in your case.
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If you have been arrested and charged with the crime of DUI or DUAC, then representation in your case as soon as possible is very important. With the proper representation by an experienced South Carolina Attorney, you can negotioate the process of the criminal court system to acheive the best outcome possible. It is important that any evidence or witnesses produced by Law enforcement in a DUI or DUAC case be challenged by an attorney. A convction of a DUI or DUAC can severley impact your ability to look for employment and effect the addmission in to college or technical schools. The Law office of Andrew B. Farley, LLCI offers a free case evaluation so that you may obtain legal advice and information regarding your situation before making any decision that can impact your future.