Charleston DUI / DUAC Arrest
Because a Charleston DUI is a serious criminal offense, you should hire an experienced attorney. Here is the good news. Defending a Charleston DUI case is a process that begins after your release from jail. While DUI and DUAC are misdemeanors, a conviction or plea results in a permanent criminal record. Currently, there is no way to expunge your record. Ever. In addition, you can expect substantially higher liability insurance rates for the foreseeable future. And finally, other potential consequences include loss of license for 6 months, SR-22 insurance for 3 years, and possible jail time. Consequently, the cost of a seasoned attorney is worth the investment.
This is why it is critical for anyone facing this ordeal to immediately consult with an experienced Charleston DUI attorney and find out what options may be available. Each case is different, but the structured review and evaluation process is always the same. It is never a good idea to represent yourself in criminal cases, but especially with a DUI or DUAC. The DUI laws are complex, and the potential penalties are harsh, even for a first time arrest. You will need the advice and counsel of a seasoned Charleston DUI lawyer. We would be honored to be considered in your search for a DUI attorney.
Our Charleston DUI Lawyers
- Robert Reeves is both a civil and criminal litigator with over 27 years trial experience and is licensed in South Carolina and North Carolina. Mr. Reeves has completed NHTSA training and has earned certificates in both DWI Investigation and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing as well as Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) courses. He is a member of the National College for DUI Defense, National Trial Lawyers Top 100, and South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
- Tom Holland is a former South Carolina prosecutor and Assistant Solicitor with the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit, violent crime prosecutor with the Sixth Judicial Circuit, and Lancaster City Solicitor. He also served as an Special Assistant United States Attorney as well as General Counsel for the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Holland is an Adjunct Instructor at the University of South Carolina Lancaster.
- Zac Fry is also a former South Carolina prosecutor with the 16th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. He was assigned to the Centralized DUI Court and prosecuted several hundred DUI cases before becoming a DUI defense attorney.
How We Defend You
First of all, never forget you are innocent unless the State of South Carolina can prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. We approach cases with that premise. Before we can make recommendations, we must first review all evidence. Then we evaluate if the State has a prima facie case to get to a jury. Next, we examine how you appear on video to see if you look truly impaired. In our experience, juries decide guilt based on what they see and hear on video. Furthermore, how you sound (slurred speech, incoherent speech) and how you stand and walk under normal conditions wins or loses cases.
Just because you are charged does not mean you will be convicted. Instead, there are hurdles and defenses between an arrest and a conviction. The State of South Carolina has the entire burden of proof. Prosecutors must convince all six (6) or twelve (12) jurors unanimously to prove guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Our job is to find problems in the State’s evidence and show reasonable doubt. And that is what we will do.
Charleston DUI Defense Team
Robert J. Reeves (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Robert J. Reeves is both a civil and criminal defense attorney. In a civil cases, the plaintiff has the burden of proof, has to assemble the evidence, prepare witness testimony, and present expert witnesses. And, to win, Mr. Reeves must persuade all twelve (12) jurors by unanimous verdict.
In criminal cases, by comparison, the State of South Carolina has the entire burden of proof and must convince all jurors to prevail. To win in criminal court, Mr. Reeves only has to convince one (1) juror to “hang” the jury and require the State to either retry the case or negotiate a reduced plea offer. Mr. Reeves is a member of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Thomas W. Holland Sr. (email@example.com)
Thomas Holland is a former South Carolina prosecutor. He was previously an Assistant Solicitor with the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit in Union County. He was a violent crime prosecutor with the Sixth Judicial Circuit as well as Lancaster South Carolina City Solicitor. Mr. Holland was appointed Special Assistant United States Attorney and General Counsel for the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. In addition to his law practice with the firm, he also teaches Criminal Procedure and Policing/Criminal Courts as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.
Zachary E. Fry (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Zac Fry began his legal career as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Eugene C. Griffith, Jr.,of the Eighth Judicial Circuit. After his clerkship, Zac was hired and trained by the Sixteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office as an Assistant Solicitor. He was assigned to the Centralized DUI Unit in Rock Hill. While there, Zac prosecuted over 400 DUI cases as a solicitor. He has tried multiple cases all the way to jury verdict. Zac’s experience with the State has trained him on what it takes to convict. He now defends individuals charged with DUI, DUAC, or felony DUI.
Our Commitment to You
Probably the most common complaint about lawyers is they never return phone calls. Another issue is only speaking with a paralegal or secretary. Although our paralegals awesome, we work for you. As a result, we do things differently. Rather, every client has our personal cell phone number and direct email address. Because we honor your trust, we pledge to be there and do our best for you. Sometimes, clients need to speak directly with their attorney. They are worried and not sleeping well. If they could get some answers, they could relax. Great service is more than just a pledge to us. Frankly, it’s what you should expect when you hire a lawyer.
Arrested for DUI in Charleston
Charleston is regularly rated by travel magazines as one of the best places to vacation. Those born here know it and rarely leave. Those who visit discover it and return year after year. Furthermore, Charleston offers a rich blend of history combined with new and innovative growth. And, of course, there is The Citadel and College of Charleston. Unfortunately, Charleston also has some of the highest DUI arrest rates in South Carolina. Before deciding which firm to retain, we ask you to consider our lawyers’ credentials and experience in your search for a Charleston DUI attorney.
We defend those arrested and charged with Charleston 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, the Isle of Palms, and Folly Beach.
Call Us Now
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 call Robert Reeves directly on his mobile phone 843-901-0380 or email email@example.com.
*The law firm of Robert J. Reeves P.C. offers its criminal defense services throughout South Carolina. We are based in Fort Mill, South Carolina. For Charleston DUI cases, we sometimes associate local counsel and share legal fees.