DUI Attorney in Hilton Head
Being pulled over and accused of driving under the influence (DUI) or driving with unlawful alcohol concentration (DUAC) is a serious charge that will have significant consequences on your record should you be found guilty. There may be instances where the traffic stop was performed improperly or without cause, or where the officer did not properly perform the sobriety or Breathalyzer test. Because of the potential damage a DUI conviction can cause, you need to secure the advice of an experienced DUI attorney at the law firm of Finger, Melnick & Brooks as soon as possible.
South Carolina DUI Law
Drunken driving laws throughout the country are getting tougher and South Carolina is no exception to this trend. Operation of a motor vehicle with a .08 blood alcohol level (BAC) or higher is strictly prohibited in South Carolina and carries a presumption that the driver was driving while intoxicated. There is a more stringent acceptable BAC for drivers under age 21 and those operating commercial vehicles.
South Carolina has an implied consent law, which means that you already agree to submit to a chemical blood, breath, or urine test if an officer has probable cause to believe you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol and operating a motor vehicle on the public roads of South Carolina. Refusing to submit the test will result in suspension of your driver's license for 60 days. Additionally, if your Breathalyzer report registers over .15 percent, then your license will be suspended for no less than 30 days.
You have a short amount of time to file a petition for a review of your license suspension. At that time, the court will decide if the officer's request for a breath test was proper. It is important to retain a qualified DUI attorney to ensure that you get your refusal petition submitted accurately and on time, and present your evidence to the court.
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Being arrested for DUI in South Carolina is a serious situation. If you are charged with DUI, you want to retain a knowledgeable DUI attorney as soon after your arrest as possible. The law offices of Finger, Melnick & Brooks are experienced in handling DUI cases and employ two municipal prosecutors (called solicitors in South Carolina) who actively handle DUI cases on a regular basis.
Everyone should have an experienced drunk driving defense attorney when they go to court. We can offer a flat legal fee to bring some certainty during this stressful time, no matter how complicated your case becomes or however long it takes.