What happens if I’m stopped and questioned for drunk driving?- DUI Attorneys

A DUI charge is one of the most serious driving offenses. State legislatures across the country are leaning toward tougher penalties as they consider legislation to curb drunk driving. Aside from what actually constitutes a DUI, many people often ask what leads an officer to make the traffic stop, and ultimately the arrest. How do the police determine whether a driver is under the influence/intoxicated? A police officer will typically use three methods to determine whether you are driving under the influence: 1.The officer will observe your driving, and in many cases a minor traffic violation or swerving or erratic driving is the...

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What Should I Do When Faced With A DUI Charge? – DUI Defense

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DUI Basics So you and some friends decide to get a few drinks one night, you volunteer to drive everyone home, and the next thing you know you are being asked to step out of the vehicle and submit to Field Sobriety Tests by an officer on the side of the road at night, you are then told you have failed said tests, are arrested, and are charged with DUI. You are then taken to a jail where the officer asks you to follow along while he reads you a very technical and very complicated document (the Implied Consent form) and...

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What am I facing if convicted of DUI? – DUI Defense

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Do you know your rights when it comes to a DUI or a DUAC (Driving with an Unlawful Alcohol Concentration) charge? You are always presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. If you are convicted of a DUI or DUAC, the penalties and punishments will vary depending on the state you live in, the aggravating circumstances of your case, and your cooperation with police authorities during an investigation and arrest. The following information is based on South Carolina law. Will I face jail time if charged with a DUI or DUAC in South Carolina? Sentencing ranges for a DUI or...

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Juvenile Defense: My child has been charged with a crime. What should we do?

What should I expect if a petition is filed against me for an offense? If a petition is filed against you, you have certain constitutional rights such as: the right to notice of the charges filed against you; the right not to incriminate yourself; the right to counsel in your juvenile defense; and the right to cross examine your accusers. You and your parents will receive notice of charges filed against you, and the date of your adjudicatory hearing (to decide your guilt or innocence). You may choose to plead guilty or not guilty during this phase. If you plead guilty or are found to be guilty...

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Criminal Defense: What happens if my child is arrested?

In recent years there has been an increase in serious crimes committed by juveniles. As a result there is a greater push to try youthful offenders as adults at a younger age. If this happens it's important to understand you'll need a criminal defense attorney.  In South Carolina, you can be charged as an adult for some serious offenses if you are as young as age 16. What happens when a minor is arrested? When a juvenile is taken into custody by the police in South Carolina, the parents or responsible adults are notified and asked to come to the police station. ...

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DUI Defense: How has sentencing changed for DUI offenders?

A little more than a year ago Emma's Law passed and was signed, bringing with it a different penalty structure for DUI offenders in South Carolina. The new law primarily has to do with requiring the use of Ignition Interlock Devices for convicted DUI offenders. Ignition Interlock Devices had been used for repeat SC DUI offenders but under the new law even some DUI first offenders will now be required to use the device. What is an Ignition Interlock Device(IID)? An Ignition Interlock Device is a device that connects to the ignition of a vehicle that requires the driver to breathe into a...

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