The Palmetto State leads the nation in percentage of auto accident deaths involving drunk driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. South Carolina law enforcement officers and legislative bodies treat driving under the influence as a very serious offense. If you have been arrested for a DUI in South Carolina, you may face very serious consequences if convicted. Punishment for first time offenders may include monetary fines, license suspension, required alcohol and drug safety classes, and even possible jail time. Convictions for driving under the influence will appear on background checks and cannot be expunged. You may also experience increased rates on your car insurance payments and further complications in your personal and professional life. Being accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can be a very scary and overwhelming experience. The knowledgeable attorneys at Thurmond, Kirchner & Timbes want to help you through this process and make it as easy as possible.
The criminal defense team at Thurmond, Kirchner & Timbes has years of experience dealing with DUI and DUAC cases. Our attorneys are skilled at navigating the court system and the complex legal procedures involved in defending a drunk driving case. Many of our clients have had their cases dismissed or severely diminished as the result of our representation. In other cases, a qualified South Carolina DUI attorney may help clients convicted of DUIs to be granted a reduced sentence or even avoid jail time.
Blood alcohol content or BAC is a numerical measurement of the amount of alcohol present in the bloodstream. Often at the time of arrest, law enforcement officers will administer a breathalyzer or blood test to determine the BAC of an individual they believe to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In the state of South Carolina .08% is the BAC limit at which a person is no longer legally allowed to operate a motor vehicle. In some circumstances, this limit is even lower. For instance, the legal limit is .02% for individuals under the age of 21; and it is .04% for individuals who possess a CDL license.
However, the tests used to determine blood alcohol content are not always accurate. Both breathalyzer and blood tests are notoriously known to fail. This means you are not automatically rendered guilty just because your BAC level was recorded above the legal limit. Even if you failed a breathalyzer test, a skilled criminal attorney may be able to have these results thrown out. If the arresting officer on your DUI case did not follow proper legal procedures when administering your BAC test, the results of that test maybe deemed inadmissible in a court of law. The experienced DUI attorneys at TKT are extensively familiar with the requirements of law enforcement and can use this knowledge to your advantage by recognizing when a test was administered improperly. It is important that you have a competent and qualified South Carolina defense attorney to stand up for your rights and argue your case in the best way possible.
Even if your BAC results came back below the legal limit, the officer may still arrest you if he or she believes that you may be driving under the influence of illegal drugs that have impaired your ability to operate a vehicle. If you were arrested and charged with a DUI despite a negative breathalyzer test, a qualified and knowledgeable defense attorney may be able to have your case dismissed or reduced. Contact a skilled DUI attorney immediately so that time-sensitive recordings and evidence from the time of your arrest maybe recovered in order to defend your case.
If you are pulled over under suspicion of DUI and you refuse to submit to a field sobriety test or a blood alcohol content test, Thurmond, Kirchner and Timbes attorneys can help you get your driver’s license reinstated. It is important that you meet with an experienced lawyer that can advise you on your rights and guide you through the process following BAC test refusal.
If you’ve been charged with a DUI, you may be contemplating pleading guilty to the charges in order to avoid a trial. Even if pleading guilty might be the right choice in your case, you should speak with an experienced defense attorney before contacting law enforcement or the prosecuting attorney. An experienced DUI lawyer familiar with the court system and the plea bargain process may be able to negotiate a solution where your charges are less severe. When reviewing your case an attorney may notice that your rights have been violated and seemingly damning evidence would be rendered inadmissible at trial. Though you may be tempted to represent yourself on a DUI charge it is clear that having a qualified attorney on your side will give you a better chance at success.
If you were involved in a car accident while driving under the influence it is imperative that you find a good attorney familiar with South Carolina law. Thurmond, Kirchner and Timbes are ready to defend you against any type of drunk driving related charge, including accidents resulting in property damage, physical injury, or even death. If you were arrested in connection with a car accident caused by driving under the influence, you need a skilled attorney on your side. Depending on your case, the injured party may also choose to press civil charges against you in addition to criminal charges pressed by the state. Thurmond, Kirchner & Timbes can provide you will full service representation related to your accident, including both criminal and civil litigation defense.
Every single situation involving drunk driving charges is different, but some circumstances are treated more harshly than others by South Carolina courts. For instance, if you had a significantly high BAC (considered anything over 0.12%), the penalties for your case could be more severe than in a case where the Defendant blew just slightly above the legal limit. Other circumstances that might aggravate a DUI charge include reckless driving, juvenile passengers in the car, and repeat or habitual offenses. Though it is important to have a skilled defense attorney in all drunk driving cases, it is even more essential if your charges include any of the above factors. To ensure that you avoid the most severe penalties or jail time, trust a knowledgeable attorney at Thurmond, Kirchner & Timbes to defend your case.
At Thurmond, Kirchner & Timbes, we are here to guide you through every step of the process. Dealing with DUI or DUAC charges is not limited to only criminal consequences. In these cases, there are often a number of additional drunk driving related administrative issues, including:
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