DUI Attorneys Charleston SC
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. We defend those arrested and charged with DUI, DUAC, BUI. We practice our craft in Charleston, Mount Pleasant, James Island, Daniel Island, the Isle of Palms, and North Charleston. 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.
Our DUI Attorneys
Although part of a larger personal injury and criminal defense law firm with a South Carolina state-wide 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 have also associated with established local counsel as part of our goal to provide our very best efforts to represent our clients holistically. For legal motions, it is better to have local counsel appear in front of familiar judges. For more difficult trial issues, it is better to have a team sitting at your table. The stakes are high. The State will often have two lawyers on their side. Our affiliated attorneys are seasoned DUI trial lawyers with diverse backgrounds. But we all share a common trait. We 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.
Attorney Robert J. Reeves is a practicing trial lawyer with over 24 years experience in litigating and resolving both civil and criminal cases. He has undergone the same training as police and received certificates from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) in “DWI Investigation and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing” as well as “Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE)” courses. Mr. Reeves is also a proud member of the National College for DUI Defense as well as the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 (SC) and SC Super Lawyers.
How We Approach DUI Cases
First, we start every case with the premise that you are innocent and have been wrongfully accused. 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 for DUI , DUAC, and BUI cases. Actual experience, however, in handling these complex cases can vary dramatically. Our law firm limits our criminal practice to 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 are always ready to go to trial, if it is in your best interest and do not immediately suggest we are going to try to “get a reckless driving.” Rather, our approach is to 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.
We Call You Back
You never have to worry about us calling you back. 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. As a result, our clients are given our mobile phone numbers and direct emails. We pride ourselves on being available, even on weekends and holidays, to address your concerns. Great service is more than a empty pledge to us. It’s the way we do business.
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.