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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

April 2018

  • State v. S.P.H.

    • Charge: DUI 1st
    • Court: Oconee County Summary Court
    • Facts: Client parked and approached in a parking lot
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. J.L.R.

    • Charge: DUI and Leaving the Scene
    • Court: Greenville County Magistrate Court
    • Facts: Client involved in a hit-and-run and returned to the scene
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client fines dismissed with community service hours
  • State v. E.L.R.

    • Charge: DUI, Open Container, Child Endangerment
    • Court: Pickens County Municipal Court
    • Facts: Client was pulled over for not using a turn signal
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives DUAC .08 and court fees
  • State v. A.P.M.

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Greenville County Magistrate Court
    • Facts: Client pulled over for disregarding traffic signal
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client paid fine and ticket rewritten for Reckless Driving
  • State v. J.D.H.

    • Charge: DUI >.015
    • Court: Greenville County Magistrate Court
    • Facts: Client pulled over for swerving into other lane repeatedly
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives DUAC .08 and court fees
  • State v. T.W.M.

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Clemson University Municipal Court
    • Facts: Client parked on sidewalk, police stopped to investigate
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Charged with Improper Passing and a fine
  • State v. P.F.D.

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Greenville County Magistrate Court
    • Facts: Police responded to single car collision of car leaving road
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v D.J.S.

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Greenville County Magistrate Court
    • Facts: Client pulled over for speeding
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. A.L.W.

    • Charge: DUI 1st
    • Court: Greenville County Magistrate Court
    • Facts: Client pulled over for swerving lanes
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. R.S.E.

    • Charge: DUI 1st, Suspended License Plate, DUS
    • Court: Greenville County Magistrate Court
    • Facts: Client pulled for having only one working Head Lamp
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives DUAC .08%
  • State v. J.L.B.

    • Charge: DUI, Open Container, Speeding, Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol
    • Court: Greenville County Magistrate Court
    • Facts: Client was pulled over for excessive speeding
    • Result: DUI, Open Container, and speeding dismissed; Client paid fine and ticket rewritten for Reckless Driving
  • State v. N.A.H..

    • Charge: DUI 1st and Open Container
    • Court: Clemson Municipal Court
    • Facts: Client stopped during a road checkpoint
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client paid fine and ticket rewritten for driving Too Fast for Conditions
  • State v. T.V.M.

    • Charge: DUI 2nd, Open Container, Possession of Controlled Substance
    • Court: Travelers Rest Municipal Court
    • Facts: Client pulled over for swerving into other lane repeatedly
    • Result: DUI 2nd reduced to DUI 1st, other charges dismissed
  • State v. C.C.G.

    • Charge: DUI 1st and Child Endangerment
    • Court: Pickens County Magistrate Court
    • Facts: Client involved in collision
    • Result: Charges dismissed; Client receives ticket for “DUAC .08%”
  • State v. R.J.K.

    • Charge: DUI 1st
    • Court: Mauldin Municipal Court
    • Facts: Client pulled for having only one working Head Lamp
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client received “Negligent Operation” with fines and community service
  • State v. C.W.R.

    • Charge: DUI 1st
    • Court: Greenville County Magistrate Court
    • Facts: Client ran off the road
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client paid fine and ticket rewritten for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. T.D.V.

    • Charge: DUI 1st
    • Court: Clemson University
    • Facts: Client on a Moped pulled over for running a Stop Sign
    • Result: DUI dismissed, Client charged with Improper Lane Change
  • State v. D.W.D.

    • Charge: DUI 1st
    • Court: Laurens Magistrate Court
    • Facts: Client ran off the road into a pond
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client paid fine and ticket rewritten for “Reckless Driving”

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