In a previous post, we’ve discussed what the penalties for driving under the influence look like in South Carolina. With multiple offenses you can face up to seven year of jail time, $10,000 in fines, a revoked license, or have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle. Having to face jail time and heavy fines are just a part of the struggle for those who’ve been convicted for driving under the influence. Death is a very real possibility. Of all the traffic related deaths in the United States, nearly one-third of them involved alcohol impaired driving according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Along with campaigns to stop impaired driving, many other deterrents are used to help reduce impaired driving fatalities. If you’re convicted of your second DUI in the Palmetto State, you are required to have an ignition interlock device installed on your car. This is a device that uses a breathalyzer test connected to the car’s ignition. It will only let you start the engine if your breath registers below a predetermined limit, usually a BAC of 0.02 or below. Not only is the installation of this device embarrassing, it’s a red flag to law enforcement. However, on the other hand, the CDC has found that “when installed, interlocks are associated with nearly a 70% reduction in re-arrest rates for impaired driving,” meaning reduced arrest rates.
All this can be avoided with the help of a good DUI lawyer’s help. Contact De Bruin Law Firm today to get a free consultation on your case where we can look over all the intricacies and fight to keep you from disastrous penalties that could ruin your life.
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.