If you have recently been arrested for drunk driving, there are certain behaviors that you should avoid because they may have an negative impact on your case. If you behave in such a way to put into question your credibility or reliability, it may cause complications with your case.
1. Talk About Your Case On Social Media
These days, it is common for people to use social media as a way to keep their friends and family up to date on their lives. You may be accustomed to posting about everything that happens to you on social media. However, nothing will sabotage your case faster than talking about how you are going to get out of a DUI charge on social media. Even if you believe that your account is protected by privacy settings, there is a strong chance that the prosecution can and will see your profiles. It is better to be safe than sorry; therefore, you should avoid talking about your DUI case online.
2. Do Not Party
Before your DUI hearing, you should do everything in your power to fly under the radar. Therefore, you should avoid being publicly intoxicated, or participating in any activities that may negatively draw attention to yourself. You should be especially cautious if you live in a small town, where you could easily be recognized by someone. Even if you live in a larger city in South Carolina, you could easily and inadvertently be in a picture posted on social media, leading to the same problem listed above. Refrain from publicly drinking and partying while facing DUI charges.
3. Drive With A Suspended License
In South Carolina, your license automatically faces six months of suspension when you are arrested for a DUI. While getting around without a car in the Palmetto State can be difficult, it is not worth the risk to drive while your license is suspended. If you do, you could potentially face thousands of dollars of fines, as well as longer jail time and term of suspension. Play it safe and find other means of getting around.
4. Missing Your Court Date
Failing to show up for your court date could be a big disaster for your case. Failing to show up at your court date will result in a warrant for your arrest, and you may face jail time while awaiting your rescheduled trial. This also will taint your image in the eyes of the court by casting doubt on your ability to be reliable, your cooperativeness, and your seriousness about the charges you face. Should you be arrested in the future, it may have an impact on how leniently you are treated because the court will not be sure if they can trust you to show up in court.
5. Not Hiring A DUI Attorney
While you technically can represent yourself in court, there are many legal elements to a DUI case that are difficult for people who aren’t lawyers to navigate. When you hire a DUI attorney to represent you in court, you know that you are doing everything you can to fight your case. When you’re looking for competent and experienced DUI attorneys in South Carolina, contact The De Bruin Law Firm. We have experience handling DUI cases, and will do everything in our power to defend your future and protect your rights. Call today!
What will a criminal defense attorney do for my case?
Once I have evaluated your case I will provide you an overview of your case. This will describe among other things the criminal law process, how we will work together to navigate the criminal justice system, and what expectation I have for you as a client and what expectations you should have for me as your defense attorney.
What should my attorney do to prepare my case for trial?
I collect not only the evidence that the government is required to supply, but also gather my own evidence for your defense as well. I will talk to witnesses, look for other video from third party sources, and go to the scene of the alleged offense. I believe your case is far to important not to go the extra mile to insure we know all the facts for your case, to provide you the best possible defense.
What do I need to do to help my attorney defend me?
No one cares more about your case than you. While we prepare your case, we also prepare your for trial. The one thing we need most from you is total honesty. Remember, everything you and I talk about is confidential. I am on your side.
For Drug offense cases, we may require you to look into a rehabilitation facility. I have had client’s charged with drug crimes who unfortunately we suffering from serious addiction and needed help, not jail. When I was able to convince those clients to make the difficult decision and enter a rehabilitation facility it helped create a positive situation that made negotiating their case more favorable. Many criminal cases last over a year. If I can help get a client suffering from an addition on the path to recovery while defending them from their criminal drug charges, their future becomes much more optimistic, and often, so does their case. Changing your life prior to trial or before a plea will greatly decrease your changes of going to jail. We are here to help not only with your legal needs, but also to help you in life. We have seen success stories and want you to be one too.
How much does a criminal defense attorney cost?
Your attorney’s fees will be based on multiple things including but not limited to, the severity of the crime, the evidence against you, prior convictions, and the amount of jail time your are facing if convicted. For criminal defense services I charge my client’s a flat fee on almost all cases at the start of their case. Therefore, you know how much your case will cost on day one.
I also am aware that many people are unable to afford to pay thousands of dollars upfront. In order to better serve my clients I offer a payment plan option. If you’d like to see if you qualify for our criminal defense payment plan option please contact us by using our form, or call us directly at (864) 372-2896.
Who will handle my case?
How do you know the attorney you hire is the attorney who will represent you during the entire process? I personally guarantee that I will handle every part of your criminal case, you will not be passed of t a junior attorney.
Aaron De Bruin | Criminal Defense Attorney
For over 10 years, Aaron De Bruin has been dedicated to representing clients within the criminal justice system. Aaron is committed to relentlessly providing his clients the legal counsel they deserve during the difficult times associated with a criminal charge. He prides himself on the ability to defend his clients and constantly seek the most favorable outcome for their individual situation.
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