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DUI Lawyers Serving Forest Acres

If you have been charged with a DUI in Forest Acres, Truslow & Truslow can help. A DUI conviction can have a significant impact on your future and can be costly. Consequences of a conviction could include short periods of incarceration, heavy fines, loss of driving privileges, and probation. It is critical to hire an experienced DUI lawyer to either get the charges against you dropped, or negotiate with the prosecutor to get the charges reduced and the consequences lessened.

In South Carolina, the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit for a driver of legal drinking age is .08 percent. If you are younger than 21 years old, it is illegal to drive with a BAC of .02 percent or higher. Forest Drive and Trenholm Road turn into Gervais and Taylor Streets – some of Columbia’s largest thoroughfares – and are common DUI stop locations for Forest Acres residents.

At Truslow & Truslow, our Forest Acres DUI attorneys have almost five decades of combined experience fighting on behalf of South Carolina residents. Without proper knowledge of your rights, the police may take advantage of you. When initially pulled over, drivers are unaware of their constitutional rights relating to refusal to participate in Field Sobriety Testing or to blow into the DataMaster (formerly breathalyzer). Unfortunately, police officers oftentimes use tricks or tactics to persuade compliance, while ignoring the rights of the accused.

Why Do I Need an Attorney?

If you have been charged with DUI, you could be facing consequences like fines, imprisonment, license suspension, probation, house arrest, and a permanent criminal record. These can affect you for the rest of your life. Because the Constitution affords us the presumption of innocence, you are innocent until proven guilty, and you need an attorney that can make sure all your rights are protected to ensure you are not punished or treated unfairly.

Once you have been charged with a crime, you will be facing an experienced team of prosecutors employed by the state that are trying to convict you of this crime. They will be aggressive and extremely skilled at their jobs. If you don’t have legal knowledge, it will be basically impossible to represent yourself. You need a lawyer that is knowledgeable and has the experience to defend you.

Having an attorney on your side means you will have a legal advocate representing your interests that can possibly get your case reduced to a lighter charge or sentence, or even completely dismissed. An attorney experienced in handling these cases knows the law. They will know if your rights have been violated by the state. An attorney will be able to evaluate and investigate your case. They will also be able to come up with the best legal strategy to get the best possible outcome.

Why Choose Truslow & Truslow?

With over five decades of combined experience representing clients charged with DUI’s, the attorneys at Truslow & Truslow are experienced and skilled legal professionals that can help get the best result for your case. Both attorneys were raised in South Carolina and have attended law school here, so they are committed to helping their community. With the vast experience and resources they have, you will have the best chances for a good outcome in your case.

We are committed to getting you the best results possible. We have experience handling countless DUI cases and have recovered millions of dollars for our clients. We are firm believers that every single client deserves fair representation when they are charged with a crime. A conviction will affect you for the rest of your life. Give yourself peace of mind that you have the best attorneys on your side.

How can a DUI lawyer help you with your Forest Acres DUI?

The DUI lawyers at Truslow & Truslow have experience fighting for clients charged with a variety of alcohol-related offenses. These include, but are not limited to:

  • ABC Violation: An ABC violation is also known as the open container law. It is illegal to transport any open bottle of liquor in a car or motor vehicle unless it is in the luggage or cargo area. It is common that people get charged with this crime after a traffic stop or a DUI arrest.
  • BUI (Boating Under the Influence): Boating is a popular sport that often involves the consumption of alcohol. Generally, people are charged for this crime after an officer conducts a safety check after a minor infraction. If the officer believes the driver of the boat to be impaired, the driver can be arrested and charged for BUI.
  • Disorderly Conduct/Public Intoxication: It is a crime to be grossly intoxicated in a public place. Grossly intoxicated generally means intoxication that is apparent to an outside observer. Examples of disorderly conduct include using obscene or profane language in a public place or near a school/church.
  • DUI (Driving Under the Influence): Driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or above is illegal. It is also illegal to drive while under the influence of illegal drugs or prescription medication.
  • Felony DUI/BUI: If you are operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you may cause great bodily injury or death to a person other than yourself, and be charged with a felony as a result. Great bodily injury creates a substantial risk of death or causes serious or permanent disfigurement or loss/impairment of the function of any bodily organ. The fines and penalty for a felony DUI are much more serious and can include imprisonment for 25 years.
  • Minor in Possession: You can be charged for this crime if you are under 21 and possessing, consuming, purchasing, or attempting to purchase liquor, beer, or wine.

If you are facing charges relating to any of these crimes, proper legal representation is crucial. A lawyer with experience defending people accused of DUI in Forest Acres will ask the relevant questions. Is this your first DUI offense? Was your driver’s license current at the time of the arrest? Did you refuse to perform field sobriety tests or blow into the DataMaster? Many South Carolina citizens accused of DUI are not aware that they have the right to defend themselves against these charges. Don’t delay in getting the help you need. Call an experienced attorney right away.

Contact a Lawyer for Forest Acres DUI

If you’ve been charged with DUI in Forest Acres, the experienced DUI lawyers of Truslow & Truslow are here to fight for you. You don’t have to accept the consequences at face value, and we are here to help build the strongest case on your behalf. Call us at (803) 256-6276, fill out a contact form, or chat with us live to schedule a consultation with us right away.

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