Over the past decade, there have been over 4,000 traffic deaths caused by a drunk driving in South Carolina alone (CDC). Drunk driving is taken incredibly seriously in the Palmetto State. If you have pending DUI charges in the state of South Carolina, a qualified defense attorney can guide you through this difficult process. For DUI cases, even those convicted for the first time have many potential consequences to face. A judge may order you to do pay hefty fines, perform community service, attend substance abuse classes or even serve time in jail. Outside of the legal consequences, a drunk driving record can lead to increased insurance premiums and difficulty in finding or keeping a job. Once you have been convicted of a DUI, the sentence cannot be removed from your criminal record.
The expert legal team at Thurmond, Kirchner and Timbes has been defending against drunk driving charges for many years, and for each case we strive to achieve the best possible outcome for our client. In many cases, we are able to have DUI charges dismissed entirely or severely reduced to a lesser charge. Due to the tactical negotiation skills of their reputable defense attorney, TKT clients are often able to avoid the more serious consequences of DUI convictions, even when pleading guilty to their charges.
Blood alcohol content or “BAC” is a value that represents the percentage of alcohol concentrated in the bloodstream. If you were pulled over under suspicion of drunk driving, law enforcement officers most likely measured your BAC using either a breath or blood test. In South Carolina, the legal BAC limit is 0.08%. However, this can be even lower for some drivers; the cutoff is 0.04% for those that have a commercial driver’s license and 0.02% for drivers under the age of 21.
Blowing over the legal BAC limit, however, does not automatically mean you are guilty of a DUI. Though BAC test results are often the most valuable piece of evidence for the prosecution, they are not the only factor a judge or jury sees when evaluating a drunk driving case. Also, blood, urine and breathalyzer tests are not foolproof—they can often be deemed inaccurate. If you were registered as driving with an intoxication level over 0.08%, an experienced defense attorney can argue to have these results excluded from court testimony.
In South Carolina, you may also be charged with a DUI if the officer suspects you to be impaired by controlled substances or drugs. In cases like these, you will often be required to submit to drug screening, even if your blood alcohol concentration is 0.00%. Though the results of this test can be used as evidence, there is no specific amount of drugs in the system that automatically determines impairment. That is why in DUI cases involving illegal or prescription drugs, you need an experienced defense attorney to argue your case and stand up for your rights.
Often, defendants who have been accused of drunk driving think that their only option is to plead guilty to DUI or DUAC charges. This is not always true. You need a defense attorney on your side to review the facts of your case and determine if the prosecution has enough evidence to lead to a guilty conviction. If not, or if your rights have been violated, an attorney may be able to have your case dismissed. Even if entering into a guilty plea is the best option for your case, the experienced attorneys at Thurmond, Kirchner and Timbes are knowledgeable enough to navigate the SC justice system in order to achieve the best possible plea bargain for you.
If you were charged with a DUI after being involved in a traffic accident, it is important to have legal counsel on your side as soon as possible. Car crashes involving property damage, injury or even death are treated much more severely if one or more drivers are deemed to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you have been accused of causing an accident while driving drunk, a skilled attorney can defend you and your reputation during this difficult time. The lawyers at Thurmond Kirchner and Timbes are here to listen to your side of the story and stand up for your rights. No matter the circumstances, a TKT attorney strives to present the best case that will let you move past the accident and get on with your life.
Understandably, the specifics of each individual situation determine the severity of each DUI or DUAC charge. In addition to analyzing each defendant’s blood alcohol results, the court will also examine different circumstantial factors of each case. For instance, if you have been convicted of one or more prior DUI offense, you may be considered a repeat or habitual offender. Judges and law enforcement will also consider if there were child passengers in your car at the time of arrest. Additional driving offenses like moving violations, speeding and reckless driving can also increase your potential sentence. It is important to have a competent defense attorney for all drunk driving cases, but especially if your situation includes aggravating circumstances like these. Contact an attorney with Thurmond, Kirchner and Timbes to review the facts of you case and determine the best defense strategy for you.
Here at TKT law, we understand just how challenging facing drunk driving charges can be. From arguing your case in court to administrative actions like having your driving privileges reinstated, we aim to be there for you every step of the way. If you or a loved one has a pending DUI or DUAC case in North Augusta, contact Thurmond, Kirchner & Timbes immediately to ensure that you have a competent South Carolina defense attorney on your side.
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