Alcohol-related charges have serious consequences, and a conviction for such a crime can dramatically affect you for the rest of your life. At Truslow & Truslow, our Columbia DUI defense lawyers understand that this is a crucial moment for your future. As such, we use our vast knowledge and experience to help our clients fight drunk driving charges, including:
Many people who are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) often claim that they have only had a few drinks or that they are not intoxicated, despite what a breathalyzer may say. Unfortunately, these common excuses do not often hold up in a court of law. If you have been charged with a DUI, it is necessary to call a DUI defense attorney as soon as possible to start preparing a valid legal defense.
The courts already do not take DUI cases lightly, and when a child is involved, the stakes are drastically increased. All drunk driving cases involving children are subject to additional fines and jail time, and these additional penalties are mandatory if convicted for the original offense. Even if you are not convicted of the DUI, a mandatory 60-day license suspension might be imposed. In South Carolina, a child is said to be anyone who is under the age of 16. An attorney may be able to help you reduce or completely avoid these additional DUI penalties.
Boating along the coast of South Carolina is a popular past time. Many people who are on the water enjoy the view of the beautiful beaches with a drink in hand. However, when a boater is believed to have become too intoxicated to properly operate a boat, they can face serious criminal charges. In South Carolina, simply operating a boat gives implied consent for a law enforcement officer to perform an alcohol test. Failing such a test can lead to fines of up to $6,000 and imprisonment for up to three years. It is possible to protect yourself from the harsh penalties that can be incurred for boating while intoxicated (BWI) charges with the help of an experienced Columbia boating while intoxicated attorney.
A DWI/DUI can be deemed a felony-level crime for many reasons in South Carolina. If anyone is seriously injured due to the accident, it is almost automatically considered a felony. Any child passenger involved in a drunk driving accident also greatly increases the likelihood of being charged with a felony DUI. Furthermore, a third DUI offense is automatically deemed a felony-level crime. A felony elevates the range of punishments for a crime, so establishing a strong defense to preserve your freedom becomes all the more important.
Intoxication assault occurs when serious bodily harm is caused upon an innocent party as a result of a drunk driving accident. Intoxication assault is considered a felony and carries with it fines between $5,000-$25,000 and one to 25 years of imprisonment.
The worst-case scenario for a DUI is the death of a passenger. If a driver is accused of being the direct cause of a death in an alcohol-related accident, he or she will probably be charged with vehicular manslaughter. These cases are by far the most difficult to defend due to the immense damages allegedly caused by the intoxicated driver. While it may seem like your freedom will doubtlessly be compromised, the DUI lawyers of Truslow & Truslow may be able to help you fight the charges you’re facing.
Remember, you’re presumed innocent of any crime until your accusers can prove wrongdoing. There are many ways our criminal defense lawyers can cast doubt on the allegations against you.
If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUI or any of the above crimes, it is imperative to contact a qualified Columbia DUI lawyer immediately. At Truslow & Truslow, our attorneys believe that any person charged with a crime deserves a just and proper trial. We are dedicated to the defense of our clients and will work with you to understand the circumstances surrounding your case so that we can build a strong legal plan. Contact our office today at (803) 256-6276, to learn more about your options.
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