Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Charges

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Charges

When you bring your DUI case to Leddy Law Firm, LLC, you can feel confident knowing that you have an experienced DUI lawyer on your side. Facing charges of DUI can be detrimental to your personal and professional life and you may be feeling alone and cornered by the prospect of going to DUI court. At Leddy Law Firm, LLC, I believe in a personalized criminal defense approach and make myself available to all of my clients 24 hours a day.

About DUIs

If you are convicted of DUI and have a BAC (blood alcohol content) between 0.08% and 0.10%, your license will be suspended for six months. In addition, you can expect at least a $400 fine, a maximum jail sentence of 30 days, and 48 hours of public service employment. With subsequent convictions, the penalties, including fines and jail time, substantially increase. For example, license suspension increases to a full year after a second offense, two years after a third offense, and becomes a permanent revocation for any subsequent offenses. Furthermore, you will likely be required to attend an intervention program for drugs or alcohol.

SC DUI laws have enhanced sentencing programs with the intention of preventing offenses from reoccurring. One of these programs is known as the Ignition Interlock Device program, which is required for multiple DUI offenses as well as first time offense with a BAC of 0.15% or higher. This program requires the installation of an ignition interlock device, which requires a driver to take a breathalyzer test in order to start his or her vehicle. The program length can vary between 6 months for first offense DUI to lifetime participation for fourth or subsequent offenses of DUI. Any violation of the strictly regulated program is considered a new criminal offense and can result in greater penalties and further license suspension. This means driving other vehicles that do not have the device installed or failing to have the device calibrated and serviced every 60 days. Furthermore, you, as the driver, are responsible for all costs relating to the device, which makes this program not only restricting, but costly as well. Thus, it is essential to have a DUI attorney on your side who will fight your DUI charges.

You and Your DUI Attorney have Options

The strict penalties of a DUI can be intimidating and overwhelming, but with aggressive and effective legal counsel, you can beat a DUI charge. As your Columbia DUI lawyer, I have the experience, skills, and resources to help you feel confident and understand what steps we need to take to fight your DUI charges. At Leddy Law Firm, LLC, I am an attorney devoted to helping my clients achieve strong results. If you or someone you know is faced with DUI charges please call me immediately or interact with our chat bot to schedule a free case evaluation.