DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence. This means you’ve been pulled over by a police officer and breathalyzed to analyze your blood alcohol content or BAC. If you perform a breathalyzer test and have a BAC between 0.08% or 0.10%, your license could be suspended for up to six months (more on that below). Additionally, a fine of at least $400 may be imposed. Often you must serve a jail sentence of a minimum of 30 days and possibly undergo at least 48 hours of public service employment.
Will My License Be Suspended?
Losing your license for a short or extended period of time is always a possibility when it comes to a DUI charge. Depending on the severity of your case, you may face license suspension. Your license could be suspended for several months, especially in the instance that the DUI is not your first offense of driving under the influence. For second time offenders, the suspension of your license can be increased to a full year or more. The state almost always requires repeat offenders to attend an intervention program for drugs and alcohol. However, if you are a first time offender with a severe DUI case, an intervention program may be imposed on you anyway. Every case is different and penalties may vary. Speaking to a DUI defense lawyer about your unique case is necessary.
How Can a DUI Lawyer Help My Case?
It’s true that DUI penalties can be intimidating and overwhelming. That’s why it’s important to find skilled legal counsel with extensive knowledge of South Carolina law. With aggressive and effective legal counsel, you may be able to beat a DUI charge or have your penalties considerably reduced. The Leddy Law Firm, LLC, will bring devotion and legal experience to your case to help you achieve the best possible results.
Only a DUI lawyer knows the details of state law. An experienced DUI lawyer will explain the law to you thoroughly so you understand how it pertains to your specific case. Your lawyer will explain your charges to you in plain English, so you can cut through the difficulties of law vernacular and gain a clear understanding of the penalties you may or may not face.
Most importantly, a DUI lawyer will defend and represent you in court. You need a motivated litigator who can defend your stance and prove that you don’t deserve harsh penalties. There are also administrative duties when you have a DUI case, and an attorney will help gather, compile, and process all the necessary paperwork that’s involved. It can be easy to miss certain paperwork and documents if you try to take on a DUI case by yourself, so be sure to team up with an attorney to be sure every aspect of your case is covered.
Is it Always the Worst Case Scenario?
Don’t panic if you’ve been charged with driving under the influence. Everyone accused of a crime in the United States has the right to a fair trial, and the right to legal representation. Every case is different and working with a skilled DUI attorney can help your chances at avoiding the harshest penalties. You need someone on your side. If you or someone you love is facing a DUI charge and aren’t sure how to begin the legal proceedings, call The Leddy Law Firm, LLC immediately to schedule a no-obligation consultation. Here, an initial consultation is free. Reach out for help.