Get a DUI Lawyer That's on Your Side
South Carolina’s justice system has particularly harsh penalties for criminal offenses. DUI charges are no different. Many people think that a DUI conviction won’t have a significant effect on their lives. They’re wrong. Although a single DUI may not seem like a serious crime, convictions often come with severe penalties. They may include fines, license suspension, and even jail time. If you’re facing a DUI, you should consult with an experienced defense lawyer to find out what you can do to potentially avoid or reduce penalties. It may be an expensive and grueling process, but hiring an attorney to fight your DUI charge is typically better than pleading guilty. In fact, a lawyer may be able to reduce your penalties or even get your case dismissed entirely. If you need a lawyer in the Summerville, SC area with a passion for justice, call us.
If you’re looking for a lawyer with the experience and professionalism to handle your DUI case, attorney Glenn Justis is ready to answer the call. He’s spent more than a decade defending his clients from DUI charges and other criminal allegations. In fact, Glenn has handled more than 5,000 criminal cases ranging from shoplifting to murder. He provides legal representation in these locations:
- Dorchester County, SC
- Summerville, SC
- St George, SC
- Berkeley County, SC
- Goose Creek, SC
- Moncks Corner, SC
- Charleston County, SC
- North Charleston, SC
- Charleston, SC
- Hanahan, SC
- Mt Pleasant, SC
Know Your Rights
Consequences for a DUI vary from state to state. Factors like your BAC at the time of your arrest and how many previous DUI charges you have on your record can also affect your case. For your first DUI, you’ll potentially face a misdemeanor charge, $400 fine, and 30 days in jail. You may also lose your license for up to six months. Your second conviction may land you a misdemeanor charge, a year-long jail sentence, a fine up to $5,100, and one-year license revocation. Your third DUI will earn you a misdemeanor charge, three years in jail and up to $6,300 in fines. You’ll also lose your license for between two and four years. Finally, if you get a fourth DUI, the state will likely charge you with a felony and five years in jail. You’ll also lose your license permanently. If you’re facing a DUI charge, your best defense is an experienced lawyer like Glenn Justis.
These consequences assume that you were arrested for your DUI with a BAC of between 0.08 and 0.16 percent. If your BAC is higher than 0.16 (or twice the legal limit), these penalties can be much higher. You should review the facts of your DUI with your lawyer to assess exactly what your penalties could be if proven guilty.
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The Importance of a DUI Defense
With those penalties in mind, the benefits of retaining a lawyer for your DUI defense becomes apparent. Usually, a lawyer will be able to secure better results from your case that you would get yourself. Often, if you’re facing your first DUI charge, your lawyer may be able to negotiate a plea deal to keep the charge off your criminal record, which is more important than you might think. A DUI offense on your criminal record can have unforeseen impacts on your life. For example, it may be difficult for you to travel internationally with a DUI on your record. A competent lawyer with connections in your local court system may be able to reduce your punishments even if you have prior charges.
Consult with a Seasoned DUI Defense Lawyer Today
If you’re looking for a lawyer with the professionalism, skill, and experience to successfully defend your innocence in a DUI case, call Glenn. He’s an attorney who serves clients in the Summerville, SC area with the grit and determination that it takes to win these kinds of cases. Call us today to schedule your free consultation and experience DUI defense with a passion for justice.
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