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West Columbia DUI Lawyer

If you have been arrested for driving under the influence in West Columbia, South Carolina, contact the DUI lawyers of Truslow & Truslow at (803) 256-6276 today. DUI charges are serious; they can impact your reputation, your relationships, your earning potential, your job prospects, your insurance, your finances, and even your health. Penalties for driving under the influence can include heavy fines, a suspended license, or even jail time. Although you may be facing serious criminal charges, you do not have to navigate the next steps alone.

The West Columbia DUI lawyers at Truslow & Truslow are here to help you through the complex legal process ahead. Furthermore, our legal team will help you minimize the penalties you face and the potential upset to your life that a DUI poses. To learn more about how we can help you, call us right away at (803) 256-6276 or fill out an online contact form.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer?

The DUI legal procedure is complicated. Each DUI case has many parts, including penalties, chemical evidence, police procedure, and insurance negotiations. The intricacies of DUIs make it essential to hire a lawyer with knowledge and experience specific to this type of criminal charge. And, although the state will assign you a lawyer, there is no guarantee that that lawyer will have the time, resources, and know-how to minimize your punishment and guide you through the legal process with a steady hand.

The only way to ensure you get top-tier legal representation is to hire a lawyer with ample experience in DUI cases.

Why Truslow & Truslow?

The legal arena, especially in criminal cases, is a cold, unsympathetic place. Many prosecutors fight for severe DUI penalties as warnings to others not to do the same. You can be villainized in the courtroom and made to feel as though your life is no longer under your control. However, our team of passionate and seasoned lawyers is ready to walk you through the legal process step by step, making sure that you’re involved and in control.

At Truslow & Truslow, we understand your fear, anxiety, and confusion about what lies ahead. We will not only demystify the legal system surrounding DUI charges, but we will also work hard to ensure your penalties are minimized. Each of our lawyers has a wealth of knowledge and experience handling these kinds of cases, and they attack each one with unmatched attention to detail. We will assure that you are treated fairly under the law.

Cases We Handle

Driving under the influence is a criminal offense. DUI is defined as driving while your blood alcohol concentration is .08 percent or higher. For minors, DUI is defined as driving while your blood alcohol concentration is .02 percent or higher. If convicted of a DUI, you face both administrative and criminal penalties. The exact penalties will vary depending on the number of previous DUIs you have on your record and the severity of your offense. Administrative penalties include loss or suspension of your license and participation in drug and alcohol abuse courses. Criminal penalties are fines and jail time.

The following is a basic outline of the criminal penalties associated with DUI in South Carolina. Each of these criminal penalties may be assigned only to those with a recorded BAC of .16 percent or lower. Those with a recorded BAC of .16 percent or higher will face steeper fines and longer jail time.

  • First-time offenders face:
    • A fine $400
    • A maximum of 30 days in jail and/or 48 hours of community service
  • Second-time offenders face:
    • A fine of $2,100 to $5,100
    • Maximum of one year in jail
  • Third-time offenders face:
    • A fine of $3,800 to $6,300
    • Maximum of three years in jail

These charges may seem intimidating, but they are not insurmountable. There are several ways a DUI lawyer can help you. After reviewing the details of your case, they can reduce or eliminate your jail time, eliminate a revoked license, reduce your DUI charge to a lesser offense, and avoid trial with a plea bargain. It is vital to hire an experienced DUI lawyer. They will ensure that your punishment and the disruption to your life are minimized.

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If you have been charged with a DUI, you likely feel nervous, confused, and alone. The road ahead is going to be stress-filled and complicated. You might even feel as though you are powerless, but you don’t have to let a DUI charge take control of your life. Contact the experienced West Columbia criminal defense attorneys of Truslow & Truslow at (803) 256-6276 today to take charge of your life and work to make sure this DUI charge has as little impact as possible.

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