Charleston DUI Attorney

In South Carolina, Driving Under the Influence laws are complex.  An arrest for DUI is often based on an officer’s opinion and perception of a driver’s condition, which is not always accurate.  No one understands the difficulties and pitfalls in obtaining convictions for Driving Under the Influence charges as well as a DUI attorney who has prosecuted DUI cases and successfully litigated countless DUI cases at trial.  At Kidd Corvey & Simpson Law Firm, we have nearly 30 years of experience prosecuting DUI and other driving related offenses, so we know better than anyone the evidence needed to convict you and how to challenge it through litigation.

Driving offenses often carry collateral consequences, such as the loss of your driving privileges, that can have calamitous effects on your livelihood and ability to support your family.  If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI or any other traffic offense, it is important that you contact us immediately.  In many situations you have only 30 days to act to potentially avoid life-altering consequences of your arrest. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can my D.U.I. arrest or conviction be expunged from my record?

A D.U.I. arrest can only be expunged from you record if you obtain a dismissal or are otherwise found not guilty of the charge. There are additional ways an experienced attorney can fashion a plea to a lower charge that may allow expungement, but it is not guaranteed. If convicted, a D.U.I. arrest and conviction cannot be expunged from your record like many misdemeanors. The lasting record and effects of a D.U.I. conviction is one reason you need to consult with an experienced D.U.I. attorney.

What possible penalties am I facing if I am convicted of a D.U.I.?

D.U.I. penalties vary greatly depending on whether it is your first conviction, how old your past conviction is, and whether the government can prove your blood alcohol content and at what level. Also, convictions for D.U.I. carry many collateral consequences, such as restriction of your driving privileges and higher insurance rates, that you may not be aware of. It is very important that you discuss your case with an experienced D.U.I. attorney prior to resolving it on your own.

Can I participate in Pretrial Intervention for a D.U.I. charge?

Unfortunately, under the current P.T.I. regulations, no. However, the law in this area has received a lot of legislative attention lately. Be sure to hire experienced D.U.I. lawyers who stay abreast of legal changes and developments.

If I am pulled over and suspected of driving under the influence do I have to perform field sobriety tests? Do I have to provide a breath sample for alcohol testing?

You have the right to refuse both field sobriety tests and breath samples. It is the government’s burden to prove their case against you and you need not assist them in collecting evidence. Even if your arrest has already occurred and these decisions have been made, an experienced D.U.I. attorney will search for any number of potential legal errors made by the government that could result in test results being inadmissible. When the laws are as complex as South Carolina’s D.U.I. laws, it is important that you talk with an experienced D.U.I. lawyer about your case.

If my license has been suspended because I refused to provide a breath sample, do I have any options as to restoring my driving privileges so I am able to work?

Perhaps. There are several temporary options, depending on your case and where you are in the criminal process, that would allow you to drive, especially if needed specifically to work. You need to talk to an experienced D.U.I. attorney who can learn more about your case, your situation and your needs and discuss options to potentially restore your driving privileges.

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