With the summer recreation season quickly approaching, it’s time for all South Carolina drivers to prepare themselves for increased DUI controls on the roadways.
To be clear, it’s never acceptable for a person to drink and drive. Operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicating substance puts you, your passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians in grave danger. However, it’s important to remember that DUIs are very profitable for law enforcement. During certain times of year, patrols specifically targeting potential DUI arrests are increased for this reason.
It’s important to be aware of your rights and proper procedure during a DUI stop, as well as mistakes often made by law enforcement that can invalidate any charges.
No Reasonable Suspicion For At A Traffic Stop
Law enforcement must have a reason to pull you over. They can’t just cherry pick people out of traffic because they think there may or may not be a chance that you’re driving under the influence of something. While this means that not wearing a seat belt, having a taillight out, or rolling through a stop sign are perfectly good reasons to be pulled over, it’s important that the officer can cite this reason immediately upon stopping you. If your DUI attorney determines that there was no justification for you to have been stopped, your case could be invalidated.
Misconduct At Sobriety Checkpoint
One exception to the ‘reasonable suspicion’ rule for DUI traffic stops is the DUI checkpoint. These are situations in which police officers block passage through a roadway so that they can analyze the sobriety of each and every driver. While this is legal, it’s necessary for an officer to follow very specific protocol during a checkpoint stop. If these rules aren’t followed, it could invalidate any charges.
As you can see, no case of driving under the influence is cut and dry, regardless of how the police officer might make you feel. If you’ve recently been arrested, contact an experienced DUI attorney today. Also, stay tuned for our upcoming post that discusses more police mistakes that may invalidate a DUI charge.
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.