Our DUI Defense Team
Given the serious nature and potential for a permanent criminal record, we employ a “team approach” to the defense of our criminal cases. In DUI, DUAC, and BUI cases in particular, our firm offers a former State of South Carolina prosecutor along with a seasoned civil and criminal trial attorney who work together to critically review all of the State’s evidence and prepare the client’s defense for trial. Together, our joint efforts can help those individuals who have been wrongfully arrested and charged with a DUI, DUAC, BUI, or felony DUI. Mr. Reeves and Mr. Holland stand ready to fight for you and your family and will be there to get you through this ordeal.
Robert J. Reeves
Mr. Reeves is the founding partner of the firm and a 25 year veteran practicing trial attorney with experience in trying both civil and criminal cases. He has been inducted into several peer-reviewed organizations, including the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 as well as the National College for DUI Defense. In personal injury cases, the burden of proof is on the plaintiff, and Mr. Reeves is tasked with persuading all 12 jurors in order to prevail by a “preponderance of evidence.” In criminal cases, the reverse is true. Here, the burden of proof is on the State, and the State must prove a defendant’s guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt.” The State must also get a unanimous verdict to convict. Just one juror voting to acquit can “hang” the jury and require the State to retry the case. All we have to do is carefully review the evidence for legal error and/or create “reasonable doubt” in a single juror’s mind. The burden on the State is high, as it should be. After all, they have all of the resources which they can bring to bear against an individual. Of course, you have our firm.
Mr. Reeves applies his civil litigation skills and now aggressively defends those who have been charged with a criminal offense. He limits his criminal practice to DUI, DUAC, and BUI arrests throughout South Carolina, but especially here in the Charleston area. He is a Member of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys as well as the National College for DUI Defense. He understands the permanent, life long effects a DUI conviction or plea can have on a person’s life and appreciates the tremendous responsibility and trust people place when they hire his firm. No one wants truly drunk drivers on our roads. But people who merely have a glass of wine with dinner or a few drinks with friends are getting swept up in the arrests of anyone and everyone who has the scent of alcohol on their breath. “There is nothing more gratifying in my law practice than seeing the look on a client’s face when their case is dismissed or a jury acquits them of a false DUI charge. It reminds me why I became a lawyer and still love what I do after all these years.”
Thomas W. Holland, Sr.
Mr. Holland is a former South Carolina prosecutor. He has previously been an Assistant Solicitor with the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit (Union County), violent crime prosecutor with the Sixth Judicial Circuit, and Lancaster City Solicitor. Mr. Holland has also served as an 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 is also an Adjunct Instructor at the University of South Carolina Lancaster where he teaches Criminal Procedure and Policing/Criminal Courts. From his years of prosecutorial experience, Mr. Holland now takes that perspective to defend those individuals wrongfully charged with a crime. While is able to represent persons charged with everything from shoplifting all the way to murder, he focuses his criminal practice on driving under the influence (DUI) cases state-wide throughout South Carolina.
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 our clients and cases in the Charleston area, we associate local counsel and share our legal fees. We aggressively defend those persons charged with DUI, DUAC, BUI, and Felony DUI in Charleston County and Berkeley County, including Charleston, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, James Island, Daniel Island, and Folly Beach.