Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driving with an Unlawful Alcohol Concentration (DUAC)
A DUI/DUAC conviction can dramatically change your life. The Filiberto Law Firm understands the majority of people arrested for DUI/DUAC have never been exposed to the criminal justice system. Individuals who would never think of breaking the law find themselves arrested, fingerprinted, and photographed. Whether you are here on vacation, attending college, or you reside here along the Grand Strand, being arrested and charged with DUI or DUAC can not only be a terrifying experience, if convicted the consequences can be severe. Upon conviction, some of the potential consequences include, but are not limited to:
Possible jail time, Criminal conviction on your record, Suspension of your driving privileges, Substantial fines and other related expenses, Required high risk insurance; Required participation in an Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program (ADSAP)
And, the potential penalties may be even more severe if you have previously been convicted of DUI or DUAC, or if your blood alcohol concentration exceeded certain levels.
Non South Carolina Residents
If you are not a South Carolina resident and you are charged with DUI or DUAC while visiting the Grand Strand, experienced legal representation is extremely important to minimize your exposure to the South Carolina criminal justice system. Once charged, and if convicted, your state of residence will likely be notified, which may result in the suspension of your license or other penalties in your home state.
Additionally, we understand how inconvenient it is to travel between states and will do everything possible to help you avoid having to travel back here for court appearances.
Administrative Suspension of your Driving Privileges
Whether or not you are convicted of DUI or DUAC, in South Carolina, if you refuse to take a breath test, or register a 0.15 percent blood alcohol concentration or greater, your driver’s license will be seized and you will be suspended immediately. As part of our representation we may be able to help you recover your license by requesting an administrative hearing which will entitle you to a return of your driving privileges while your hearing is pending. We will then represent and fight for you at the administrative hearing with the goal of having suspension order dismissed.
It is essential that you remember, an arrest is not a conviction!
The burden is on the government to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. At the Filiberto Law Firm we are dedicated to protecting our client’s legal rights. Using our experience and comprehensive understanding of the South Carolina Law, specifically as relates to effective DUI and DUAC defense, we will carefully examine the facts and evidence in possession of the Government. We will focus will on making sure that your rights were not violated and explore all possible defenses based on the facts of your case. Depending on the circumstances of your particular case, we will work to have the charges dismissed, seek to negotiate a favorable plea offer, or take the matter to trial.
For more information, please contact us on-line or by calling (843)-333-5749. We offer a free initial consultation for all new DUI and DUAC cases, and will meet with you off-site if necessary.
The penalties, both immediate and over time, assessed as part of many traffic offenses can be substantial. South Carolina, like many other States, assigns points to certain moving violations such as speeding and reckless driving. These points are assessed in addition to any fines or other penalties and may result in your paying higher insurance premiums. Additionally, in South Carolina, if you accumulate 12 or more points, your driving privileges may be suspended. The following link can provide additional information related to the point system in South Carolina:
Because the Myrtle Beach area is a popular vacation area, many drivers charged with traffic offenses are from out of state. Unfortunately, as a result, many of these visitors simply pay the ticket, or worse, ignore it. By just paying the citation, the general result is that full fines and points are assessed in your home State. Ignoring the citation can result in even more severe consequences.
At the Filiberto Law Firm we are experienced in representing the interests of people charged with a variety of traffic related offenses. We will work hard to avoid a conviction when possible, or to negotiate reduced penalties including fines and points, depending on your needs and the details of your traffic violation case. Also, in many cases we are able to appear in court on your behalf without your having to be present, saving you time and travel expense.
For additional information, please contact us on-line or by calling (843) 333-5749 to schedule an initial consultation which can be done in our office or over the telephone.