If you have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in South Carolina, you may have a number of questions about what happens next and how the charge may affect your future. It may be the first crime you have ever been charged, and perhaps you never expected to face criminal charges for anything.
You are not alone. Driving under the influence is one of the most common criminal charges in South Carolina. It can happen to anyone from Dean’s List college students to hardworking executives to grandparents. It is a shocking event to be pulled over by law enforcement and told that you have committed a crime that carries painful public exposure and long-term consequences.
The experienced DUI defense attorneys at McKinney, Tucker & Lemel are here to help you through this experience. We can help navigate the criminal process and pursue a just outcome for you.
Contact us today for a consultation. We know where the criminal justice system falls short and will fight to help you avoid an undeserved result.
Experience, compassion and attention to detail are the guiding principles that we base our practice on. Selecting an attorney who is right for you is essential. You need someone who can be a strong advocate for you, and someone who knows the system well enough to be able to offer a strong defense and help you achieve your goals. Consider these attributes of our Rock Hill legal team at McKinney, Tucker & Lemel:
- Experienced – Our attorneys measure their legal careers in decades.
- Focused – We are a client-focused law firm. Your concerns are our priority.
- Responsive – Open lines of communication and frequent updates keep you informed every step of the way.
- Local – With deep roots in South Carolina, we are proud to call the Rock Hill area home.
- Straightforward – You can count on us to give you honest advice without the sugar coating.
- Cost-effective – We aim to deliver quality legal services at rates you can afford.
- Compassionate – You’re going through a difficult time. We respect that and treat our clients with courtesy and kindness.
Most people are stunned at how little alcohol can lead to these accusations or shocked to realize that their normal prescription medications have led to their arrest.
Are There Defenses to a DUI Charge?
There are a number of defenses that can be presented in a DUI case, and your attorney can help show you the potential problems in how the police officer may have administered the DUI tests, such a breathalyzer test, blood tests, or the horizontal gaze nystagmus and other field testing. If not administered properly, the results “proving” your blood alcohol content (BAC) may be in question.
There are other defenses that are allowed by law, that the lawyers at McKinney, Tucker & Lemel can help you with. Despite the fact that DUI is such a common charge, it is a complex area of law. DUI law has undergone major changes in the last decade, and continues to evolve on a daily basis. These changes create a variety of technical and factual defenses that will be known to attorneys who practice extensively in this area. Because DUI law changes so regularly, it is important to find a DUI defense lawyer who keeps pace with its evolution and is prepared to examine every aspect of the prosecution’s case and challenge the problematic areas.
Some people think that just because they blew into a machine and a number came out that they are guilty of DUI. What they may not know as they are being offered a test is that the results can have a dramatic impact on the type of punishment they face. While the results of any test are important to a case, these results are just part of what should be considered when evaluating the charge.
There are a number of different tests police officers administer to show intoxication, and none of them are foolproof. Each method could give a false reading (positive or negative) for various reasons.
The most important thing to know is that you have better options than simply pleading guilty without speaking to a lawyer. Contact us now so that our experience DUI lawyers can walk you through the process and what options you may have.
Possible Consequences of a DUI Conviction
The possible consequences you may face if convicted of a DUI include driver’s license suspension, community service, substance abuse classes, a fine, or jail time depending on the result of the testing or conviction and whether there are prior DUI convictions on your record.
There are possibly collateral consequences as well. For instance, the substance abuse classes may cost you between hundreds and thousand of dollars. Your insurance costs may shoot up and stay up for years, there may be points on your license for a number of years, and having a conviction on your record may negatively affect employment opportunities.
Let McKinney, Tucker & Lemel Help With Your DUI Charge
If you are facing a DUI charge in Rock Hill, Fort Mill, York County, Lancaster County or surrounding areas of South Carolina, the experienced local DUI attorneys of McKinney, Tucker & Lemel can offer the qualified assistance you need to present your best defense.
The attorneys at McKinney, Tucker & Lemel have deep ties to the communities we serve, and have dedicated our careers to making sure clients like you get a fair result. We have handled all kinds of DUI cases, from the most minor to felony DUI, alcohol, legal and illegal drugs, on both prosecution and defense, and we will put our experience and knowledge to work for you.
Contact us now for an evaluation of your DUI defense case and advice about your legal options and how we can help you.