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Locations :

Upstate Office:

(main office)
1106 Pendleton Street
Greenville, SC 29601
Phone: 864-298-8111


Midlands Satellite Office:

(by appointment only)
(files principally handled at the main office)

1519 Richland Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-233-1828


Lowcountry Satellite Office:

(by appointment only)
(files principally handled at the main office)

28 Old Jericho Road
Beaufort, SC 29906
Phone: 843-492-7730


Why is an arrest not a conviction?

 The reason that we say this is because when you have been arrested for a crime you are INNOCENT until proven guilty and that protection is afforded to you by the Constitution of the United States of America. That’s a very important distinction because in many other cultures you are guilty in the beginning. They accuse you of a particular crime and then it’s incumbent upon you to be able to say, “I didn’t do this particular thing and here’s the reasons why.”

In America, you are completely innocent until proven guilty and it is the prosecution’s burden proving you guilty of a crime, not your burden to prove yourself innocent. Just because you have an arrest, does not necessarily mean that you’re going to be ultimately convicted of that crime after you have been to court and given due process of law. Remember, you have the right to an attorney and you have the right to a trial.

I get questions all of the time about DUI and the first thing that people want to know is what are they facing.  The laws regarding DUI changed in February, 2009. The State of South Carolina currently imposes the following penalties and fines for a person if convicted of a DUI.

DUI- 1st Offense:

  • A fine of $400 – $1,000 plus court costs
  • 48 hours – 90 days in jail
  • Loss of your driver’s license for 6 months to 1 year
  • ADSAP ( Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program) class program fees
  • Proof of SR-22 (high risk driver’s insurance), required for a minimum of 3 years
  • Possible loss of Your Job and Educational Benefits
  • Permanent Criminal Record for the Rest of Your Life

DUI- 2nd Offense:

  • A fine of $2100 – $6,500 plus court costs
  • 5 days – 3 years in jail
  • Loss of your driver’s license for up to 1 year
  • ADSAP (Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program) class program fees
  • Proof of SR-22 (high risk driver’s insurance), required for a minimum of 3 years
  • Vehicle Immobilization Required
  • Ignition Interlock Device Installed in your Vehicle for 2 years (Required)
  • Possible Loss of Your Job and Educational Benefits
  • Permanent Criminal Record for the Rest of Your Life

DUI- 3rd Offense:

  • A fine of $3,800 – $6,000 plus court costs
  • 60 days – 5 years in jail
  • Loss of your driver’s license for between 2 years to 4 years
  • ADSAP (Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program) class program fees
  • Proof of SR-22 (high risk driver’s insurance), required for a minimum of 3 years
  • Loss of Your Vehicle
  • Vehicle immobilization Required
  • Ignition Interlock Device Installed in your car for 3 years (Required)
  • Possible loss of Your Job and Educational Benefits
  • Permanent Criminal Record for the Rest of Your Life

The court fines and fees listed above do not include court assessments, DMV fees, higher insurance premiums or the fees for classes such as ADSAP (Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program). The permanent criminal record from a DUI means that if you are a student, you could potentially lose your scholarships, grants and loans and not be able to afford to continue in college. If you are in the military, you could lose your rank, have a reduction in pay, lose your security clearances or be cycled out of the military. If you are a professional, such as a doctor, a lawyer, nurse, insurance agent or financial advisor, you could even lose your professional license and thus lose your livelihood! Additionally, many employers will not hire or may fail to promote a person with a DUI on their permanent criminal record. A DUI conviction is not a speeding ticket that goes on your driving record only, it is a serious charge and a criminal conviction that goes on your driving record and gives you a permanent criminal record for life!
If you are facing a criminal charge such as a DUI, call us now for a free phone consultation at 864-8100-384 so that we may answer your questions and tell you how we can help you.

Disclaimer:

“The client is responsible for fines, fees and expenses in addition to the lawyer’s fee. In personal injury cases, the fee will be a percentage of the recovery and that percentage will be computed before deducting the expenses in the case.”

By Freddy Woods

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