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Aaron De Bruin | DUI Defense Attorney
An arrest for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Greenville, South Carolina is a serious matter. A DUI arrest is a situation that can result in the loss of your job, the loss of your license, having to pay a fine, or even facing jail time. Defending yourself from the penalties and consequences of a DUI can be a difficult and confusing process.
Driving Under the Influence In South Carolina
The first step in defending your rights is deciding whether you want an attorney to protect your rights and guide you through this daunting process.The second step is contacting the De Bruin Law Firm to arrange a free case evaluation to determine proper steps to resolving your case. Here at the De Bruin Law Firm, Aaron De Bruin seeks to resolve your case with the most favorable outcome. As a former prosecutor in the United States Marine Corps, Aaron has learned it is best to attack each case on two fronts at the same time. He will work to get you the best deal possible while preparing for trial. That way, you will have all options available when making the decision best for you.
Sometimes, it may seem easier to just plead guilty. Remember though, a DUI is on your record forever. That conviction will follow you into job interviews or school applications. Just because you’re arrested for drunk driving, doesn’t mean that you’re guilty. Often a police officer’s interpretation and perception determine whether a person is arrested for DUI. But perception is not always reality. You have rights, you have a story to tell, and Aaron De Bruin will help tell it.
What Should I Do After a DUI Arrest?
If you’ve been arrested in the upstate for DUI, you’re likely to spend the night in jail while your charges are processed. Once released, you will have some important decisions to make regarding your future. One of those decisions is whether or not to hire a defense attorney. The South Carolina DUI defense attorney should be someone knowledgeable about South Carolina’s DUI laws and who has experience successfully defending clients accused of driving under the influence in the Upstate. Aaron De Bruin has experience with DUI defense in Anderson, Spartanburg, Pickens, and Greenville.
If you’ve taken the first step in defending your rights and you’re ready to meet with Aaron for a free case evaluation, contact the De Bruin Law Firm today.
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Defenses to DUI charges
If you have been arrested for DUI, there may be one or more defenses available in your case. With the assistance of your defense attorney, you will be able to provide support for these defenses and possibly have your charges reduced or dismissed.
The Breathalyzer is used to measure the amount of alcohol in a driver’s blood. The officer will have the driver blow into the Breathalyzer, and the Breathalyzer will then provide a reading that shows the driver’s blood alcohol content. However, the Breathalyzer must be used correctly and calibrated properly for it to provide an accurate reading. In addition, there may be legal reasons that a driver’s breath shows a high Breathalyzer reading. For example, some have argued that mouthwash may trigger a higher reading. In some diabetics, the Breathalyzer results are skewed because of unique biological characteristics.
There are also numerous defenses available for failed field sobriety tests. A field sobriety test is a way for law enforcement to measure how impaired a driver is. There are three field sobriety tests. In the walk and turn test, a driver must walk a straight line, turn, and walk back, following the officer’s specific instructions. The officer will also perform a horizontal nystagmus test, during which the officer will look for involuntary movements in the driver’s eyes that occur with heavy drinking. Finally, the officer will ask the driver to stand on one leg and count, again with specific instructions.
In each of these tests, the officer is looking for physical signs that the driver is impaired. Is the driver able to balance on one leg? Do the driver’s eyes involuntarily move back and forth? Can the driver count coherently? If the driver fails these tests, the officer may arrest the driver for driving under the influence.
However, there are legitimate reasons for failing a field sobriety test. Physical conditions are often the culprit. In addition, environmental conditions, such as an uneven walking surface, may also cause a driver to fail a test. With a strong DUI defense attorney, you may be able to argue that you should not have been arrested.
South Carolina DUI laws
In South Carolina, a driver may be arrested for driving under the influence if the driver’s blood alcohol content is 0.08 percent or higher. A conviction may result in fines, community service, jail time, and a suspended license. With each subsequent DUI conviction, the penalties become more severe.
However, not every arrest for DUI will result in a conviction. To protect your legal rights, it is important to discuss your case with an experienced DUI defense attorney as soon as possible. Statements that you make to police officers, prosecutors, and other individuals may be used against you. Therefore, it is important to hire an attorney so that your attorney may speak on your behalf and protect your interests.
Schedule A Time To Meet With Aaron De Bruin About Your Case
If you were arrested for DUI, it is important to speak with a lawyer immediately. Attorney Aaron De Bruin has been named one of “Greenville’s Elite Criminal Defense Attorneys” by the Greenville Magazine in 2013, 2015, 2016.
To schedule a free consultation with our DUI defense attorney, Aaron De Bruin call 864-982-5930