South Carolina Drunk Driving (DUI) Defense
Being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol is a difficult situation to be in. Life after being convicted of DUI is even more difficult, because a conviction can have far-reaching effects into many aspects of your life. If you have been accused of driving under the influence in South Carolina, DUI Defense Attorney Ronald F. Johnson knows how to reduce the chance that you will be convicted. Mr. Johnson has helped clients throughout South Carolina avoid DUI convictions, and in cases where avoiding conviction entirely was not possible, he has helped his clients to minimize the negative effects of their DUI convictions on their lives.
Consequences of DUI Convictions
Being charged with DUI has consequences that can affect every area of your life. Some people do not realize just how much is at stake in a DUI case. The financial consequences start adding up at the time of your arrest, such as fees for towing and storage and for posting bond. Depending upon the outcome of the case, there will be other costs, both financial and otherwise, that you will incur. Diversion programs cost money, as do classes, counseling, and other items which may be required as conditions of resolving your DUI case in a particular manner. If you are convicted, you will probably have to pay a fine, and depending upon the nature of your offense, you may even face jail time. After a DUI conviction, you may also have trouble finding work. You might also encounter difficulties in finding housing, pursuing educational opportunities, or getting other things that you need. When it is time for you to get your driver’s license back, if it was suspended, there are costs associated with the suspension and eventual reinstatement of your driver’s license, including reinstatement fees, higher insurance costs, and the cost of a vehicle interlock device if you are required to get one.
Building a Strong Defense against DUI Charges
Fortunately, South Carolina DUI Defense Attorney Ronald F. Johnson knows the elements of the crime of driving under the influence of alcohol inside and out. His experience with building solid defenses for his DUI clients enables him to identify areas in which the state may not be able to meet its burden of proof in its case against you.
Sobriety Tests Can Be Challenged
Challenges to field sobriety tests and traffic stops are other tools that DUI defense attorneys can use to help their clients. However, one of the most important aspects of DUI defense is science. DUI cases involve scientific evidence, and DUI defense attorneys who understand the scientific aspects of DUI cases can often bring evidentiary challenges against DUI charges. For example, blood and breath samples can be collected or analyzed incorrectly. A knowledgeable DUI defense attorney can look for sampling and testing errors in your case, and if errors are present, they can include them in your DUI defense.
Drug and Alcohol Diversion Programs
DUI defendants are also often presented with options like diversion, which can help them to avoid a conviction. Attorney Johnson can help you understand things like diversion, plea bargaining, or dismissal if those options are available in your case. He can also help you to decide whether any of the options that are available to you are a good fit for your priorities and the possible consequences of each potential course of action. Contact us today at (803) 794-0140 to learn more about your legal rights and options.