Don’t Assume A DUI Isn’t Worth Fighting
Too many people charged with drunk driving assume that they will be convicted. However, it is best to speak with a criminal defense lawyer before pleading guilty. There may be ways to contest the charges and protect your criminal record and driver’s license.
Reach out to Charleston, South Carolina, criminal defense attorneys at Young & Young, Attorneys at Law. As former prosecutors and experienced South Carolina criminal defense lawyers, we know what evidence to look for in DUI/DWI and boating while intoxicated (BWI) cases. We can review the police report and test results and quickly assess your case. If the prosecution’s case against you is weak, we will argue for the charges to be reduced or dismissed. When the prosecutor will not negotiate fairly, we will discuss taking the case to trial with you.
We represent adults, college students and juveniles in Charleston and the surrounding areas in criminal defense cases. Speak with us to learn how we can protect your rights and your record.
DUI/DWI Offenses Are Crimes That Will Stay On Your Record
DUI/DWI offenses are not traffic violations; they are misdemeanors that will remain on your criminal record permanently. You can be charged with a felony under certain circumstances, including a third or higher DUI/DWI offense or a drunk driving offense that causes an accident or injury.
The penalties for conviction of a first-offense DUI/DWI in South Carolina may include:
- Jail time or probation
- Suspension of your driver’s license
- Fines, fees and court costs
- Alcohol abuse screening and education
- Installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle
Subsequent DUI/DWI convictions will result in increased penalties such as mandatory jail sentences and the permanent loss of your driver’s license.