If you have been arrested in South Carolina and charged with DUI (Driving Under the Influence) it is imperative that you seek the advice of an experienced DUI defense attorney immediately. A DUI conviction can result in hefty fines, suspension of your driver’s license, community service hours, even jail time. In addition, depending on your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level and the number of prior DUI convictions you have on your record, you may be facing felony charges and/or mandatory incarceration.
If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI, you need an experienced DUI defense attorney to represent you. Attorney Perry DeLoach is an experienced South Carolina criminal defense attorney who is ready to fight for you. Often times, DUI cases can be negotiated. However, depending on the case, dismissal may be the only acceptable outcome. If this is your situation, the case may need to go to trial. Attorney DeLoach will investigate every aspect of your case and explore every legal option. If a resolution cannot be reached, we will prepare fight for your rights at trial. The Law Offices of Perry B. DeLoach, Jr., LLC can will develop a strong defense strategy to advocate for you. Contact our office today at 864-520-1101 for a FREE CONSULTATION on how we can defend you or your loved one against his or her DUI charge.
DUI charges are aimed at drivers in South Carolina who operate vehicles after drinking alcohol or using drugs and whose faculties are “materially and appreciably impaired.” If a driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level is .08 or higher in South Carolina, there is a presumption that he or she is or was driving under the influence. A DUI can be a misdemeanor or a felony charge. Obviously, this controls the maximum possible penalty.
Many people believe that first time DUI offenders will not face jail time. This is not the case. Depending on the circumstances involved and the driver’s BAC, jail time is a real possibility. Offenders with multiple prior DUI’s, not only face the possibility of jail time, they face the possibility of mandatory incarceration. This means that because of the criminal statute, if the offender is convicted, he or she MUST be sentenced to jail time. DUI statutes for subsequent DUI offenders provide these mandatory incarceration requirements, making it more difficult for the defense attorney to negotiate with the prosecutor. While it may be more difficult, it can certainly be accomplished. This is why you need hire an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
Some states refer to DUI charges as driving while intoxicated (DWI). This is simply different terminology. While laws in other states may have different requirements and/or different names, DWI and DUI charges are essentially the same.
While South Carolina DUI laws are strict, prosecutors often have wide discretion when fashioning a plea offer. Additionally, there are a host of legal defenses that an experienced DUI defense lawyer can use to help strengthen a client’s position during plea negotiations. There may be mitigating factors that can be useful during negotiations and at trial. Obviously, a lawyer’s ability to effectively defend his or her client at trial provides the lawyer with the most leverage.
Many times, defendants attempt to represent themselves. Regardless of whether you hire this Firm or not, please do not do this. Please hire a lawyer. DUI cases are extremely complex and they require the expertise and training of an experienced lawyer. Please trust your case and your future to a knowledgeable and accomplished DUI defense lawyer. Please call us today.
If you have been arrested for DUI, don’t wait a second longer. Contact The Law Offices of Perry B. DeLoach, Jr., LLC today for a FREE CONSULTATION on your DUI case. Our Firm serves Greenville, Anderson, Pickens, and Spartanburg counties as well as the entire Upstate, Midlands and Lowcountry of South Carolina. Call us today at (864) 520-1101 to discuss your case.