Columbia, South Carolina DUI Lawyer
If you are arrested in South Carolina for DUI, it does not mean that you are guilty, a bad person, or that you do not have any rights. However, South Carolina’s drunk driving penalties are among the stiffest in the nation. South Carolina also has a zero tolerance policy, any person under the age of 21 who drives a motor vehicle after drinking alcohol faces a zero tolerance policy for drinking and driving.
If you are arrested for DUI, your freedom and your livelihood are at stake. You need a experienced South Carolina criminal defense attorney to help protect your rights and your freedom.
- your ability to maintain your current as well as obtain future employment,
- the expense of SR-22 insurance,
- possible prison time,
- hefty fines (which can double when you add court costs), &
- the loss of your license.
The South Carolina DUI Lawyer at The Strom Law Firm, LLC have the experience that you need to fight your DUI charge.
Founded by a former U.S. Attorney, the criminal defense attorneys team at Strom Law also includes a former Public Defender, and a former Richland County Assistant Solicitor. Mr. Strom has been awarded an AV rating, the highest Martindale-Hubble ranking. Their South Carolina DUI defense lawyer provide a free DUI consultation and will evaluate your case at no charge.
Fighting Your South Carolina DUI Charges
South Carolina DUI law is a complex law, with a surprisingly large gray area of actual DUI culpability. An SC DUI attorney can scrutinize and challenge your DUI arrest.
- South Carolina law dictates that the police officer’s video camera must begin videotaping as soon as the officer turns the blue lights on.
- Prior to administering the breathalyzer test the officer must have read and provided the implied consent notice, stating the consequences of a refusal to submit to a blood test, urine test, or breath test. Learn more about challenging breathalyzer tests.
- Roadside or field sobriety tests (FST) must have been properly administered, for the result to be used in court. Inaccuracies with FSTs are widespread and commonly challenged. Learn more about challenging field sobriety tests.
Consequences of a DUI Arrest in South Carolina:
Consequences associated with a driving under the influence conviction are determined by
- whether you are facing your first DUI, second DUI, third DUI, or subsequent offense;
- your blood alcohol level (the higher your BAC, the stiffer the penalties);
- your agreement or refusal to take a chemical test, such as a breathalyzer (if you refuse, you will lose your license for 6 months, unless you request an administrative suspension hearing);
- minors being in your vehicle; and
- your involvement in a DUI accident.
If you are convicted of DUI in South Carolina, you face:
- A suspended or restricted license
- Mandatory jail time or imprisonment
- Ignition interlock device
- SR-22 insurance
- Fines ranging from $400 to $10,000
- Community service
- Felony conviction
- Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program (ADSAP)
A felony DUI charge, as related to the serious harm or death of another is the most devastating consequence of a drunk driving accident, and can cause lasting damage for all parties and families involved. You may need Felony DUI Lawyers in South Carolina.
Arrested for DUI? Contact the South Carolina DUI Lawyers at the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights.
If you or a loved one are charged with underage DUI and are in need of a South Carolina Underage DUI Lawyer contact us today.