DUI Attorneys in Charleston SC
Our Credentials and Experience
- Two (2) former prosecutors* now defending those charged with DUI, DUAC, BUI, Felony DUI
- J. Tyler Burns is a former Assistant Solicitor with the Sixteenth Circuit (York County)
- Michael O. Nelson* is a former Assistant Solicitor with the Ninth Circuit (Charleston County)
- Robert J. Reeves is both a civil and criminal litigator with over 25 years trial experience
- NHTSA trained and certificates in DWI Investigation and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
- NHTSA trained and certificates in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE)
- Member, National College for DUI Defense
- Member, National Trial Lawyers Top 100
- Member, Super Lawyers
- Member, South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Former Registered Nurse (RN) for prescription drug based impairment charges
How We Approach DUI Cases
First, we start every case with the fundamental premise that you are innocent and have been wrongfully accused. We are NOT lawyers who only try to negotiate a plea deal. Just because you have been charged does not automatically mean you are going to ultimately be convicted. Quite the contrary is true. There are many hurdles and defenses between an arrest and a conviction. The State of South Carolina has the entire burden of proof on all issues. Prosecutors have to convict you by convincing all six (6) or twelve (12) jurors unanimously that you are guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt.” That is a high bar to meet. Our job is to find problems in the State’s evidence where we can show reasonable doubt or where the police committed legal error during their DUI investigation.
How We Prepare and Defend Cases
There are many law firms in the Charleston SC area that market aggressively for DUI , DUAC, and BUI cases. Actual experience, however, in handling these complex cases can vary dramatically. Our law firm focuses our criminal practice on DUI, DUAC, and BUI arrests, and we employ a team approach in evaluating and developing individualized strategies in each case. Each arrest is unique, and each case has different factors to consider. We always prepare and get ready to go to trial, if that is in your best interest. We do not start out our cases trying to “get a reckless driving.” Rather, we first carefully investigate all aspects of your case, including all video (roadside and breathalyzer room), officer notes, and any witnesses, with the primary goal of having the charges dismissed for legal error. While evaluating legal challenges, we also look at how a jury would perceive the video evidence at trial. How does our client appear on the police video? Do they appear tired or unsteady for other reasons or do they appear “drunk” or “impaired”? Videos in cases are reviewed by separate lawyers in the firm, and then those lawyers’ impressions are discussed and compared. At that point, we will be able to sit down with our client and present viable options and recommendations. Of course, the ultimate decision of whether to accept a plea offer or go to trial is always yours – the client.
Our DUI Attorney Team
Although part of a larger personal injury and criminal defense law firm with a South Carolina statewide practice, we have offices here in Charleston SC in order to better serve our clients charged with “driving under the influence” (DUI), “driving with an unlawful alcohol concentration” (DUAC), or “boating under the influence” (BUI). Our entire focus here in the Charleston SC area is defending those clients arrested for drinking related offenses. We also associate established local counsel as part of our goal to provide our very best efforts to represent our clients. For legal motions, we have determined it is better to have local counsel appear in front of familiar judges. If your case goes to trial, we feel it is better to have a team sitting at your table. The stakes are high. Our affiliated attorneys throughout South Carolina are seasoned trial lawyers with diverse backgrounds. But, we share a common trait in that we all enjoy defending DUI cases. Together, we have assembled a DUI defense team to balance the playing field between you and the State of South Carolina.
*In Charleston SC, we associate local counsel Michael Nelson of the Law Office of Michael Nelson. Mr. Nelson has an independent law practice located at 858 Lowcountry Blvd, Suite 101, Mount Pleasant, SC. Like our firm’s Tyler Burns, Michael is also a former prosecutor. He was an Assistant Solicitor with the Ninth Circuit Solicitor’s Office (Charleston County) from 2004 until 2013. He is now in private practice focusing on criminal defense cases.
And We Call You Back Promptly
One of the most common complaints about lawyers is that they never return phone calls. Or, in the alternative, you can only get a paralegal or secretary on the line. With our practice, you never have to worry about us calling you back. Every client has our lawyers’ personal cell phone numbers and direct email addresses. Your case is important to us, and we know it is important to you. We honor the trust you have placed in our firm with your case. And, we work very hard to earn your loyalty in the future. Although we have talented paralegals who work for us, we never forget that we work for you. Sometimes, clients just need to speak directly with their attorney. They are worried and not sleeping well. If they could only get an answer, they would be put at ease. We pride ourselves on being available to our clients, even on weekends and holidays, to address their concerns. Great service is more than just a pledge to us. It’s the way we do business. It’s what you should expect when you hire a lawyer.
Charleston, South Carolina, has been rated for many years as one of the very best places to live and vacation by travel magazines. Those of us born here know it and never leave, even if we go away for a short while. Those who come to visit learn about it and then return year after year. Charleston offers a rich blend of real history combined with new and innovative growth. We have The Citadel and the College of Charleston. We have a busy and thriving port which now hosts the Carnival Cruise ship Fantasy. We have new industry and technology firms, and, of course, tourism. In short, we here is Charleston have it all. Unfortunately, we also have some of the highest DUI arrest rates in South Carolina. And whether you are from here or just visiting, a DUI conviction will be on your record forever. That’s why we are here. We are local Charleston SC DUI lawyers. Before deciding which firm to retain, we hope you will carefully consider our lawyers’ credentials and experience in your search for a Charleston DUI attorney. We would be honored to meet with you and go over options during this difficult time.
We defend those arrested and charged with DUI, DUAC, BUI, and Felony DUI. We practice our craft for clients throughout Charleston County and Berkeley County, including Charleston, North Charleston, Town of Mount Pleasant, James Island, Daniel Island, Johns Island, Edisto Island, Sullivans Island, the Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, Goose Creek, and Summerville.
For more information about SC DUI laws and your legal options, please contact one of our attorneys to personally review the particular circumstances of your case. You’ll sleep better once you know what to expect and how to proceed. We look forward to hearing from you. You can reach Robert Reeves directly at 843-901-0380 or email him Robert@RJRlaw.com.