Charged with DUI in South Carolina? Here’s What You Need to Know
If you are convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI), your driver’s license could be suspended, your automobile insurance costs will most certainly increase, you might face jail time and you could lose your job. If you are charged with DUI, it is not an automatic conviction, however. You are still innocent until proven guilty, and a DUI attorney can help.
The John Mobley Law Firm can help you deal with the complex issues related to your case and guide you through the entire process. Here’s what you need to know about DUI in South Carolina:
Should You Talk to the Police Officer at the Stop?
If a police officer stops you, it is you who is legally obligated to provide your license and registration to verify your identity. You are under no obligation to do anything else.
Law enforcement officers will look for things such as red eyes, slurred speech, lack of coordination or the odor of alcohol on your breath. If they can’t find any of these signs, they might ask questions like: “Where are you coming from?” or “Where are you going?” or “Can I have consent to search your vehicle?”
You do not have to answer any questions and can say that you will not speak further without your attorney present.
Should You Participate in Field Sobriety Tests?
When an officer asks you to participate in a field sobriety test, they already suspect you of being driving under the influence. The test is just a way to gather more evidence against you. It isn’t in your best interest to voluntarily perform a field sobriety test. You also do not have to consent to a breath, blood or urine test. In South Carolina, you can face additional charges and suspension of your license for refusing. Your attorney, however, can fight those charges.
Why Do You Need a DUI Attorney?
Your experienced DUI attorney knows how to defend against DUI charges and protect your rights. Every case is different, but an attorney could get your sentence reduced or the charges dropped completely. You should never simply accept a conviction and sentencing on a DUI charge without first contacting the John Mobley Law Firm.