Greenville Criminal Defense — Greenville DUI Defense Lawyer
When you are facing felony or misdemeanor charges, your choice of criminal defense lawyer can have a substantial impact on your future. While there are many qualified South Carolina criminal defense law firms, our firm is built on experience, commitment, and dedication to the rights of the accused. This background provides a firm foundation for protecting our clients’ reputations, liberty, and careers whether charged with serious felonies or a first offense of driving under the influence (DUI).
Why Clients Facing Criminal Charges Trust Aaron De Bruin
When you are facing criminal charges that could derail your future, there is no substitute for experience and proven expertise. Greenville criminal defense lawyer Aaron De Bruin is a former prosecutor for the United States Marine Corps. This experience involved handling a broad spectrum of criminal charges and a heavy caseload. During his time as Judge Advocate General in the marine corps, Aaron acquired experience working closely with military law enforcement, which includes the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Because of his time as a successful military prosecutor, he anticipates the tactics of law enforcement officers and prosecutors. The De Bruin Law Firm, LLC offers clients over 28 years of collective legal experience. Aaron’s clients also take comfort in the fact that he has extensive courtroom experience, so he does not shy away from trial.
Honors, client reviews, and accolades from around the web and media sources attest to Aaron’s effectiveness.
- Greenville Business Magazine Pick as One of Greenville’s “Elite Criminal Defense Attorneys” (2O13, 2015, 2016)
- 5-Star Rated Criminal Defense Attorney on AVVO (Verified 9-17-2017)
- 5-Star Average Rating from Former Clients on Facebook (Verified 9-17-2017)
If you are convicted of driving under the influence (DUI), your license will be suspended. In the event that your license is suspended, it is pertinent to follow the law and refrain from driving. Should you drive with a suspended license and get caught, there will be consequences. It’s crucial that you inform yourself about all the laws pertaining to suspended licenses in South Carolina as to avoid additional fees and jail time. Read on for important information about suspended licenses.
Consequences Of Driving With A Suspended License
If you drive with a suspended license, you will be criminally charged. For DUI-related suspensions, the first offense carries a fine or ten to 30 days of jail time. The second offense carries a fine or 60 to 180 days of imprisonment, and the third offense comes with a fine and imprisonment from six months to three years. Additionally, the suspension of your license will be extended by double. For example, if your license has been suspended for six months, your license will be suspended for an additional six months. If the original suspension was for an open-ended time period, another 90 days will be added.
Driving After Suspension
Once your suspension is lifted, you cannot immediately begin driving again. You must go to the DMV and have your license reinstated. This process may be as simple as paying a reinstatement fee, but it could be more extensive. You may need to enroll in ADSAP, purchase SR-22 insurance, or pay off old traffic tickets. Check with the DMV to determine what conditions you must meet to reinstate your license, whether online, over the phone, or in person.
If you have had your license revoked after DUI charges, you may be able to get it back, but that is dependent on the circumstances of your particular case. You may need to go to court to argue your case. Even if your license has been permanently revoked, it’s possible that you may be able to get it back after seven years. To determine whether or not it is possible for you to get your license reinstated after it has been revoked, contact The De Bruin Law Firm for legal guidance.
Habitual Traffic Offenders
You are considered a habitual offender if you have committed 10 minor offenses or three major offenses within three years. Minor traffic offenses are defined as offenses that carry four or more points against your license, and major traffic offenses include voluntary or involuntary manslaughter, DUI, DUAC, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, any felonies that involve a motor vehicle, or leaving the scene of an accident.
Being labelled a habitual offender can result in you losing your license for five years. However, after two years, it is possible to petition to get it back. If you’re convicted of driving as a habitual offender, it is a felony, and could result in five years of prison time.
Your Driving Options When Your License Is Suspended/Revoked
When your license is suspended, you may still be able to drive. There are a few options that allow for some people with suspended licenses to drive under certain restrictions.
- Provisional license. You may be eligible for a provisional license.
- Ignition interlock device. You may be able to reduce your sentence by agreeing to installing an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, which requires you to blow into a breathalyzer in order to start your car.
- Route restricted license. Route restricted licenses can be granted to some offenders, which allow you to go to certain places at certain times. This is generally to allow you to travel to school or work.
If you have been convicted with a DUI, a competent and dedicated DUI lawyer can help you navigate the sometimes-confusing legal system. When you need a DUI lawyer in South Carolina, contact The De Bruin Law Firm.
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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