DUI Attorney – Myrtle Beach, SC
A Myrtle Beach, SC DUI attorney should be familiar with the area. DUI Attorney Mike Wells, has practiced in SC his entire career. He is very familiar with DUI laws in SC.
If you’ve been arrested for a DUI then you may be facing steep fines or worse yet, jail time. DUI attorney Mike Wells can help you.
Assuming you’ve been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in Myrtle Beach, SC then you’re probably wondering what you’re up against, your odds of beating the charge, and if retaining a DUI attorney will be of any value to you.
Let’s start with the obvious consequences of a DUI conviction.
Consequences of a DUI Conviction
If you’re convicted you will lose your driving privileges, may be required to install an interlock ignition device in your vehicle, may be required to pay SR22, and you’ll have a criminal record which could affect your current job or future job opportunities. All DUI convictions carry a possible jail sentence. Of course, if you’re convicted for a 2nd or 3rd DUI you could be facing higher fines and longer jail time penalties as well.
Can you beat a DUI Charge?
While you may feel like there’s not much hope, a lot of things can go wrong during your DUI arrest. Things which can be used to minimize or even beat your DUI charge. For example, did the police officer have probable cause to stop your car, was your blood or breath test properly administered, how much and how long ago did you have your last drink and was the machine (datamaster) used to administer a breathalyzer test accurate. These are just some of the factors that can change the outcome of your case.
Can a DUI Attorney Help You?
In short, yes. A DUI attorney can examine the factors surrounding your case and uncover information and facts that can be used in your defense. Sometimes, this results in a reduction of your charges, other times your case could be dropped altogether. But first, let’s take a closer look at some of the factors that need to be explored.
How much did you have to drink?
There are many factors that combine to determine your level of intoxication. A few of these factors are:
- The amount of alcohol
- The rate of consumption
- The time period the alcohol was consumed in
- The type of alcohol
Did the police officer have the right to stop your car?
In general, the police must have probable cause to make a traffic stop. Police are trained to look for drivers who are acting suspiciously. In many cases, a drunk driving arrest is made after a routine traffic stop, such as a stop for a broken taillight or speeding. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration publishes a list of suspect behaviors, including the percentage chance that a driver at night is driving drunk. Here is the list:
- Turning with a wide radius 65%
- Braking erratically 45%
- Straddling center or lane marker 65%
- The appearance of being drunk, which can include but is not limited to, erratic or obscene gesturing, slouching down in the seat, eye fixation, gripping the steering wheel tightly, having your face too close to the windshield, drinking while in the vehicle, head outside the window 60%
- Weaving 60%
- Driving on other than designated roadway 55%
- Swerving 55%
- Slow speed (more than 10 MPH below speed limit) 50%
- Following too closely 50%
- Drifting 50%
- Tires on center of lane marker 45%
- Driving into opposing or crossing traffic 45%
- Actions inconsistent with the actions of the driver, such as signaling 40%
- Slow or not responding to traffic signals 40%
- Stopping inappropriately (other than in traffic lane) 35%
- Turning illegally or too abruptly 35%
- Decelerating or accelerating rapidly
- Headlight off at night 30%
Not all of the suspicious behaviors in this list give a police officer the right to stop your car. If your car was stopped illegally, then it might mean that any evidence found in the car is inadmissible. But this would not be possible if you don’t have a DUI attorney working on your case, studying the legal aspects of your traffic stop.
Did you take a “Breathalyzer” Test?
The machine used by law enforcement is called a BAC DataMaster. The police will try to use the results of this machine against you in court. In South Carolina, the refusal or failure to submit to this test will result in an automatic administrative suspension of your driver’s license. We can help you to reinstate your driver’s license. Again, it always depends on the specific facts of your case, but sometimes it is best to not submit to this breathalyzer test even though you may temporarily lose your license. SC DUI laws about breathalyzer tests can be complicated, so any person who is asked to take a breath test should ask to contact a local DUI attorney for legal advice immediately. If your license is suspended, we can help reinstate your license privileges in a reasonably quick matter of time.
Why should you hire an attorney for your DUI/DUAC case?
As you can see, a drunk driving conviction carries costly financial penalties, the loss of your license and possibly jail time. But there are also many factors that can change the outcome of your case. It’s for all of these reasons that it is very important for you speak with a South Carolina DUI lawyer.
How we can help.
We frequently assist clients with DUI and DUAC and reckless driving charges, in the Horry County, Conway, and Myrtle Beach, SC areas. We understand that SC DUI laws can be very confusing and there’s a lot of uncertainty. But that’s why we’re here. To help bring clarity to your legal situation and build a defense that’s in your best interest. If you are under investigation or have already been charged DUI or DUAC, call the attorneys at Coastal Law, LLC today at (843) 488-5000 or use this form to send us an email. You will receive an analysis of your case and your situation, which will allow you to take an important first step in building a defense that’s in your best interest.
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Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
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Conway, SC 29526
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Charleston, SC 29401
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Columbia, SC 29201
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