Criminal Defense Attorney in Lexington, South Carolina
Experienced Representation in DUI Defense in Lexington and Surrounding Communities
Getting charged with driving under the influence (DUI) can be a harrowing experience, some arrested for a DUI have found themselves charged with a DUI after being stopped for a minor traffic infraction.
If you have been charged with a DUI, you will need to consult an experienced DUI attorney as soon as possible to build your defense. Not only can one DUI ruin your record, but subsequent charges can significantly impair your rights and even affect your ability to obtain employment.
Jewitte Dooley is a DUI attorney and has represented clients in a variety of criminal defense capacities. If you have been charged in the state of South Carolina, contact us today so that we can help you.
The Law in South Carolina
In South Carolina, the penalties for driving under the influence include fines, losing your driver’s license, jail time, ignition interlock device requirements, and other penalties. You are considered to be under the influence if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08 percent or higher for those 21 and older and .02 percent for those under 21 years old. And if you have a commercial driver’s license, the legal limit is .04 percent or higher.
South Carolina is also an implied consent state, meaning that if you drive, you have automatically agreed to take a chemical test if a law enforcement officer requests it. Thus, refusing to take the test carries penalties similar to failing the test, including losing your license for some time.
However, you do have the right to request an Administrative hearing, and if you work with an attorney, you can fight a DUI charge to keep it off your record, as well as prevent your license from being suspended. If you do not contest the suspension, you could lose your license indefinitely.
Criminal penalties for DUIs can also be high and are influenced by your BAC level. They can include thousands of dollars in fines, up to five years in jail, and 48 hours of community service. In addition, for those convicted of a second or subsequent DUI, you will be required to have an ignition interlock device installed to test your BAC each time before you start your car.
Criminal Defense Attorneys in Lexington
If you have been arrested for a DUI, contact Jewitte Dooley Law right away. Jewitte Dooley offers representation in Lexington, South Carolina and surrounding areas. Whatever the situation, we will help you find a resolution. To find out more about how we can help you, contact us today for a consultation.