Every day in the United States, 28 people are killed in alcohol-related car accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. South Carolina law has become increasingly strict against drunk drivers. If you or a loved one has been charged with driving under the influence, seek counsel from a well-respected and knowledgeable defense attorney. If convicted, first time DUI offenders may face a number of serious punishments ranging from license suspension to 90-day jail terms. Court-ordered community service, alcohol safety training, and heavy fines often accompany a DUI conviction. To avoid these consequences, speak to an experienced legal professional at Thurmond, Kirchner & Timbes today.
After practicing criminal defense law for over a decade, our firm has cultivated significant expertise in the field of DUI and DUAC defense. Many defendants represented by TKT lawyers have their charges dismissed or diminished to a lesser charge. Having a skilled South Carolina attorney on your side guarantees the best possible outcome for your individual case. Even when our clients choose to plead guilty, the Thurmond, Kirchner & Timbes team is with them every step of the way, negotiating a reduced plea and helping avoid jail time.
Blood alcohol content (BAC), also called blood alcohol concentration, blood ethanol concentration, or blood alcohol level, is a metric used to determine an individual’s level of alcohol intoxication. Finding an individual’s BAC measurement is typically done by the use of either breath analyzing devices or blood tests. In the state of South Carolina, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle if your BAC is 0.08% or above. For some, like drivers under age 21 or those that hold a commercial driver’s license, the limit is even lower.
In our legal system, all defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty. Just because you were charged with a DUI or DUAC after failing a BAC test does not mean that you will be convicted. You should contact an experienced lawyer in Trenton to review the facts of your case. Many defendants do not recognize when a police officer has made a mistake or violated protocol while administering a breathalyzer or blood test. A trained legal professional can assess your situation and determine if the BAC results in your situation should be thrown out of evidence.
In our state, DUI law includes more than impaired driving caused by alcohol consumption. According to SC Code 56-5-293, it is unlawful to drive while “under the influence of any other drug or a combination of other drugs or substances which cause impairment to the extent that the person’s faculties to drive a motor vehicle are materially and appreciably impaired.” This means you can be charged with a DUI if you are found driving with marijuana or other drugs in your system. Whereas impairment for alcohol intoxication is set at a specific BAC standard, there is no metric for measuring impairment caused by drugs or other intoxicants. It is possible to be charged with a DUI even with a clean breathalyzer test. If a law enforcement officer believes you to be under the influence of drugs that have impaired your driving ability, you will often be asked to submit to a blood test. The results of that drug screen can be entered into evidence and used against you in court. Attorneys with Thurmond, Kirchner & Timbes have handled many DUI cases involving controlled substances other than alcohol, and we know exactly how to present the best defense for your unique case.
Many individuals who have been charged with DUI or DUAC would prefer to avoid the hassle of a trial and just enter into a guilty plea. Even if this is something you are interested in, do not talk to any law enforcement officers or state attorneys without first consulting a knowledgeable DUI attorney. A good SC criminal defense lawyer can negotiate to reach the best possible plea bargain for your case. Having a legal expert on your side is essential because they may be able to review the facts of your case and determine that the prosecution does not have enough evidence to warrant a guilty verdict. In situations like this, your case can even be reduced or dismissed entirely and you can avoid having a DUI conviction on your record.
Though all DUI charges are serious, some factors may lead to more severe punishments in South Carolina courts. The skilled team at Thurmond, Kirchner & Timbes has had years of experience defending against drunk driving charges and have handled numerous different types of cases. If you are involved in a DUI with any of the following aggravating circumstances or charges, you need an experienced attorney to be on your side:
TKT lawyers are also well versed in the circumstances surrounding DUI charges or conviction. If this is your first drunk driving charge, you may need help knowing how to manage the process. Our firm provides full-scale DUI recovery including guidance on license reinstatement, substance abuse classes, community service, ignition interlock requirements, and much more.
No matter the specific circumstances of your case, it is always a good idea to meet with an experienced defense attorney who knows the Trenton criminal court system well. Here at Thurmond, Kirchner and Timbes, we want to help you achieve the best possible results for your case. Do not make the mistake of going forward unrepresented only to regret it later. If you have been accused of a DUI, DUAC, or other drunk driving related charge in South Carolina, contact our office immediately to set up a consultation.
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