DUI Defense Attorneys in Florence, South Carolina

Were you pulled over by law enforcement and now find yourself charged with a DUI? Don't assume you are going to lose your driver's license or have to go to jail. At Roberts Law Group, PLLC, our attorneys defend people in Florence against drinking and driving charges. We have decades of experience in DUI defense and we can help you get through the charges fairly.

DUI Legal Defenses In Florence, South Carolina

DUI charges are very common in Florence courts and throughout South Carolina, in part because law enforcement is constantly on the lookout. All it could take is a police officer or sheriff's deputy deciding there is good cause to pull you over. The next thing you know, you to wind up arrested and charged with drunk driving.

Before facing a possible jail sentence and heavy fines, you could have your driver's license at least for 30 days, which can make getting to work and taking care of other day-to-day needs virtually impossible. If you are a college student, a DUI arrest could get you expelled.

Finding Holes In The Prosecution's Claims

As experienced criminal defense lawyers, we have the tools to weaken the prosecution's case against you as much as possible. Perhaps the evidence against you is not as strong as it may appear. For example, police officers sometimes make serious mistakes administering the breath test or field sobriety tests. These errors can skew the results and make it seem like you were over the legal limit when you weren't. And the grounds that the officer used to justify pulling you over in the first place might not be legally permissible.

We will examine the police report closely and listen carefully as you give your side of the story. If the police made mistakes or violated your legal or civil rights in any way, we will work to get the resulting evidence thrown out of court. Often, these violations can be useful leverage when negotiating a plea deal with the prosecution.

Our DUI defense lawyers will fight for you. Whatever strategy our DUI lawyers use, it will be based on the circumstances of your case and your best interests. Before you give up and accept a heavy sentence or bad plea deal, contact our law firm.

How To Choose A DUI Defense Lawyer In Florence, South Carolina

It is very important that you pick a good criminal defense attorney to guide you through dealing with a DUI charge. But unless you have worked with a defense lawyer before or someone you trust gives you a recommendation, how do you know what you should look for?

We recommend you choose a law firm that can give you the following:

  • Experience with cases like yours. Every case is unique, but there are many things DUI cases tend to have in common. The more drinking and driving cases your lawyer has under their belt, the better they will be able to help you. They should know how to deal with the county sheriff's office, prosecutors, judges and juries. In addition, they should know how to help you with the civil side of your case, evaluating all possible options for getting your driver's license back.
  • A solid track record. You should choose an attorney who has successfully handled DUI charges in South Carolina courts. They should know how to help people wrongfully accused of drunk driving as well as people who made a mistake but were overcharged.
  • Clear communication. As the accused, you are the one whose freedom and reputation are on the line. You deserve clear and practical answers to your questions about your case and the legal process. Your lawyer should respond right away when you email or call them and reach out whenever there is an important update to share.
  • Toughness. The right law firm will not back down from a fight. They will challenge illegally obtained evidence and present a vigorous defense in court if necessary.

At Roberts Law Group, PLLC, our team works every day to live up to these values. Our law office will work tirelessly to give you the best possible DUI defense representation. It is our goal to find a way to minimize the disruptive impact the charges have on you and your family so you can move forward.

What Is The Legal Process For DUI Defense In South Carolina?

The DUI defense process is different from most other charges because it has a civil as well as a criminal component. Not only could you be sent to jail, ordered to do community service or made to pay fines, but South Carolina law also automatically suspends your driver's license for 30 days following a DUI arrest. If convicted, you could lose your ability to drive legally for at least one year or even permanently.

The Civil Court Side Of A DUI Arrest...

Part of our job as your defense law firm is to try to get your driving privileges back as quickly as possible. With civil revocation, you could automatically lose your license if you were arrested on suspicion of drunk driving or if you declined to submit to a breath test. But if you act quickly, and with the help of a knowledgeable attorney, you might be able to fight the suspension and get your driving privileges restored.

... And The Criminal Court Side

Meanwhile, you still must deal with the criminal charges. The DUI lawyers at our law firm know the day-to-day realities of defending against a DUI accusation. We will give you honest legal advice you can use to make important decisions, such as whether to seek a fair plea bargain or take your case to a jury trial. Our advice is grounded in the strength of the prosecution's case, the severity of the charges, your family's needs and your best interests. Once we have a plan in place, we will use every resource to pursue it on your behalf.

While no attorney can guarantee a particular outcome, we are often able to get the charges against our clients reduced so they can avoid incarceration, get their driving privileges back and move on with their lives. We are seasoned trial lawyers who have handled numerous DUI cases in Florence County and throughout South Carolina.

How Long Does It Take To Resolve A DUI Case?

We know you are not happy to be in this situation. You naturally want to get through the criminal process as soon as possible. At the same time, we do not recommend you plead guilty or try to negotiate a quick plea agreement on your own just to "take care of it." There is nearly always something we can do as your attorneys to improve your position.

Most DUI cases are fairly straightforward. We work efficiently to avoid wasting your time and money. But we also take the time to get things right the first time. You should not have to accept an unjust conviction or unfavorable plea. There is too much at stake to rush through your case.

South Carolina DUI Laws And Penalties

Even setting aside the prospect of jail time, a DUI conviction can be expensive in South Carolina. A misdemeanor conviction for a first-time offense could cost you up to $2,500 in criminal fines alone.

In addition, you could be ordered to have an ignition interlock device installed in your motor vehicle at your own expense. An ignition interlock device, which you must blow into before starting your vehicle to prove you have not drunk any alcohol, can cost up to $150 to install. Then you must pay $60 to $80 per month to compensate authorities for monitoring your device and keeping it calibrated.

Will I See Jail Time?

It depends. Less serious DUI charges carry possible jail sentences ranging from 24 hours up to 120 days. Even a short jail sentence could cost you your job. Depending on their discretion, the judge may suspend the sentence or order you to perform community service instead.

More serious offenses could land you in prison for months or even years. Much is at stake in these cases.

Felony DUI In South Carolina

More serious DUI cases involve factors that elevate the charges to felony level. These factors include:

  • Fourth DUI offense within 10 years (i.e., being a "habitual offender")
  • Driving under the influence with a passenger under 16 years old
  • Death or serious bodily injury in a car accident

A felony conviction can lead to serious prison time and heavy fines. Once you get out, you would also have a felony record, which could affect your ability to find a place to live, go to college, carry firearms or find a job. Finally, the judge could permanently revoke your license. If you drive a commercial motor vehicle for a living, you could never be able do so again. You will also have to experience the damage to your relationships and your reputation.

We know how grave your situation seems, but nothing is set in stone. Our attorneys seek alternatives to jail or prison whenever available, including taking the case to trial. Your best chance of avoiding a long, unjust time behind bars or other harsh outcome is to enlist capable legal help. Turn to us at Roberts Law Group, PLLC.

Experienced DUI Defense Attorneys On Your Side. Call Us Today.

Call 877-880-5753 or email Roberts Law Group, PLLC, to schedule a free initial consultation. We serve clients throughout Florence and South Carolina.