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DUI in Summerville

Summerville DUI Defense Attorney

DUI charges are most definitely worth fighting. Apart from all of the fines, penalties, high insurance and possibly jail time, DUI charges build on each other.

So if you happen to receive another DUI charge within 10 years of your previous conviction you will be facing much harsher penalties than before.

Don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do about your DUI charges. Charges get dropped and reduced all the time for a number of reasons.

Sometimes the prosecutor makes a mistake in the case that gets your charge knocked down or thrown out, and sometimes law enforcement doesn’t properly handle evidence, or follow proper procedure. These mistakes don’t always get charges dismissed or reduced, but they can and oftentimes do.

Our DUI Defense Services Include:

  • Fighting your DUI charges
  • Administrative Hearings
  • Provisional Drivers’ Licenses for use prior to your case resolution
  • Ignition Interlock Devices (IID)
  • Fighting your DUAC charges
  • Applying for a Temporary License for use prior to your Administrative Hearing
  • Certain Route Restricted Licenses for use after a conviction.

Navigate South Carolina DUI Laws with Confidence

It's important to understand the DUI laws in South Carolina and how they may apply to your specific case. Our team at Templeton, Mims & Ward has extensive experience navigating the legal complexities of DUI charges in Summerville and the surrounding areas. We can provide you with a clear understanding of the potential consequences and help you build a strong defense strategy.

Key points to consider about DUI laws in South Carolina:

  • Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limits
  • Penalties for first-time and repeat offenses
  • Ignition interlock device requirements
  • Possible license suspension or revocation
  • Impact on insurance rates and driving record

By having a thorough understanding of the DUI laws in South Carolina, you can make informed decisions about your case and work towards the best possible outcome. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our experienced DUI defense attorneys.

DUI Defense FAQs: Your Questions Answered

Do I need an attorney for my DUI charge in South Carolina?

No, not technically, but you really should hire a DUI attorney to represent you. DUI charges are complex and difficult to navigate. They come with harsh penalties for a conviction and can affect everything from your current job to future educational opportunities. Don’t represent yourself. It’s just too risky!

Understanding the BAC "legal limit" in South Carolina

There isn’t a legal limit for a DUI per se. The standard set out by the South Carolina Criminal Code states the threshold for a DUI as being intoxicated to the point that it materially and substantially impacts your ability to drive.

Your blood alcohol content (BAC) is still important as it is used as evidence to prove your intoxication. Higher BAC’s can also lead to an increase in penalties for a conviction.

What happens to my license after a DUI charge?

Maybe. If you take the breathalyzer and your BAC is .15% or higher or you refuse to take a breathalyzer your license will be automatically suspended when you are charged. There are certain temporary licenses that may help get you back on the road though, so contact a criminal attorney ASAP to find out if you qualify for one.

Consequences of a DUI conviction on your driving privileges

Maybe. If you take the breathalyzer and your BAC is .15% or higher or you refuse to take a breathalyzer your license will be automatically suspended when you are charged. There are certain temporary licenses that may help get you back on the road though, so contact a criminal attorney ASAP to find out if you qualify for one.

Why Fight Your DUI Charges?

DUI charges are most definitely worth fighting. Apart from all of the fines, penalties, high insurance and possibly jail time, DUI charges build on each other.

So if you happen to receive another DUI charge within 10 years of your previous conviction you will be facing much harsher penalties than before.

Don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do about your DUI charges. Charges get dropped and reduced all the time for a number of reasons.

Sometimes the prosecutor makes a mistake in the case that gets your charge knocked down or thrown out, and sometimes law enforcement doesn’t properly handle evidence, or follow proper procedure. These mistakes don’t always get charges dismissed or reduced, but they can and oftentimes do.

We Will Help You With:

  • Fighting your DUI charges
  • Administrative Hearings
  • Provisional Drivers’ Licenses for use prior to your case resolution
  • Ignition Interlock Devices (IID)
  • Fighting your DUAC charges
  • Applying for a Temporary License for use prior to your Administrative Hearing
  • Certain Route Restricted Licenses for use after a conviction.

Understanding DUI Laws in South Carolina

It's important to understand the DUI laws in South Carolina and how they may apply to your specific case. Our team at Templeton, Mims & Ward has extensive experience navigating the legal complexities of DUI charges in Summerville and the surrounding areas. We can provide you with a clear understanding of the potential consequences and help you build a strong defense strategy.

Key points to consider about DUI laws in South Carolina:

  • Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limits
  • Penalties for first-time and repeat offenses
  • Ignition interlock device requirements
  • Possible license suspension or revocation
  • Impact on insurance rates and driving record

By having a thorough understanding of the DUI laws in South Carolina, you can make informed decisions about your case and work towards the best possible outcome. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our experienced DUI defense attorneys.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to have an attorney to handle my DUI charge?

No, not technically, but you really should hire a DUI attorney to represent you. DUI charges are complex and difficult to navigate. They come with harsh penalties for a conviction and can affect everything from your current job to future educational opportunities. Don’t represent yourself. It’s just too risky!

What is the “legal limit” for driving under the influence in South Carolina?

There isn’t a legal limit for a DUI per se. The standard set out by the South Carolina Criminal Code states the threshold for a DUI as being intoxicated to the point that it materially and substantially impacts your ability to drive.

Your blood alcohol content (BAC) is still important as it is used as evidence to prove your intoxication. Higher BAC’s can also lead to an increase in penalties for a conviction.

Will I lose my license if I’m charged with DUI?

Maybe. If you take the breathalyzer and your BAC is .15% or higher or you refuse to take a breathalyzer your license will be automatically suspended when you are charged. There are certain temporary licenses that may help get you back on the road though, so contact a criminal attorney ASAP to find out if you qualify for one.

Will I lose my license if I’m convicted of DUI?

Maybe. If you take the breathalyzer and your BAC is .15% or higher or you refuse to take a breathalyzer your license will be automatically suspended when you are charged. There are certain temporary licenses that may help get you back on the road though, so contact a criminal attorney ASAP to find out if you qualify for one.

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