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Being arrested for DUI is a traumatic experience. We realize the loss of one’s freedom for even a short amount of time is stressful. Steve offers the following tips that may be helpful to you during this period:

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  • Remember, an arrest is not a conviction. All that is needed to arrest or charge someone is suspicion on an officer’s part that a crime occurred. Proof beyond a reasonable doubt is required for a conviction. The standard of proof needed to convict is much higher than the suspicion standard needed to justify an arrest.
  • If your vehicle has been towed, make immediate arrangements to have it picked up. Storage fees can accumulate quickly.
  • If your license was seized due to a refusal, or registering over a .15 on the Breathalyzer, you will need to request a hearing to obtain temporary driving privileges. Contact our office immediately for assistance in the proper procedure. You only have a 30 day window to request this hearing.
  • Information found on the internet in regards to DUI is for general information only. There is no substitute for the experience and advice of competent legal counsel. Be advised that each state has different laws/punishments for DUI, and many sites are not kept current. Each case has its own characteristics.
  • If you choose to go to your court date without counsel, a bench trial can be held at that time and you will most likely be convicted on the spot. The laws in South Carolina regarding DUI/DUAC are complex and we recommend that you visit with an attorney who is familiar with these areas well in advance of the court date.

We invite you to fill out our Upstate DUI Contact Form. We will review this information and be in contact within 24 working hours. Remember, our initial consultation is free.

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Recent Results

July 2017

  • State v. E.Y.S.

    • Charge: DUI, Failure to Maintain Lane, Speeding
    • Court: Greenville County Magistrate Court
    • Facts: Client was stopped for Failure to Maintain Lane
    • Result: DUI and Failure to Maintain Lane dismissed; Client receives ticket for “Speeding”
  • State v. W.P.C.

    • Charge: DUI, Driving Left of Center
    • Court: Mauldin Municipal Court
    • Facts: Client was pulled over for Driving Left of Center
    • Result: DUI and Driving Left of Center dismissed; Client receives ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. J.C.H

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Mauldin Municipal Court
    • Facts: Client was pulled over for Failure to Maintain Lane
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives tickets for “Public Disorderly Conduct” and “Improper Backing”
  • State v. A.J.R

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Fountain Inn Municipal Court
    • Facts: Client was pulled over for speeding
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. J.M.M.

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Greenville County Magistrate Court
    • Facts: Client was involved in a two-vehicle collision
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives a ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. P.J.K.

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Greenville Municipal Court
    • Facts: Client was pulled over for front left tire damage
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. L.H.J.

    • Charge: DUI, Speeding, Failure to Maintain Lane
    • Court: Greenville County Magistrate Court
    • Facts: Client was pulled over for speeding
    • Result: DUI, Speeding, and Failure to Maintain Lane dismissed; Client receives a ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. K.A.M.

    • Charge: DUI, Failure to Maintain Lane
    • Court: Greenville County Magistrate Court
    • Facts: Client was pulled over for Failure to Maintain Lane
    • Result: DUI and Failure to Maintain Lane dismissed; Client receives ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. D.K.R.

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Spartanburg Magistrate Court
    • Facts: An anonymous call was received about the vehicle
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. C.M.E.

    • Charge: DUI, Hit and Run, Seatbelt ticket
    • Court: Greenville Magistrate Court
    • Facts: Client was involved in a motor vehicle collision
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. S.W.J.

    • Charge: DUI, No DL in Possession
    • Court: Greenville Magistrate Court
    • Facts: Anonymous call was received about the vehicle
    • Result: DUI and No DL in Possession were dismissed; Client receives ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. L.W.T.

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Spartanburg Magistrate Court
    • Facts: CClient was pulled over for running a red light
    • Result: DUI dismissed

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  • Greenville, SC 29601
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