We’ve all heard of a DUI, or driving under the influence. But did you know there are upwards of six or more acronyms that describe different versions of driving under the influence? Different states utilize different terms and punishments for what is essentially the same offense. It’s important to know what the terms and laws are in South Carolina and how they affect your individual situation. Contact De Bruin Law Firm for a free consultation with our expert DUI attorneys. In the meantime, here are the basics you need to know to navigate the acronyms and jargon surrounding DUIs.
Whether a DUI or DWI, the idea is the same. With a DUI they are simply specifying that you were driving. You are operating or driving something under the influence of either alcohol or some other substance. Either of these actions followed by “WI” stands for while intoxicated. Similarly, “DUIL” stands for under the influence of liquor. A DUIL is one of the few that is very specific to alcohol consumption.
The two components that is important to note in these acronyms are the operating or driving some vehicle and consumption of a regulated substance. What some people forget is that to receive a DUI you don’t necessarily have to be driving a car. You could be operating a golf cart, riding a bicycle, or even riding a horse in some states while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
If you find yourself in a situation where you need legal counsel from a DUI Attorney in South Carolina, contact us at De Bruin Law Firm today and we’ll help you navigate the intricacies of DUI law.
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.