Most people make New Year's resolutions to lose weight, or quit smoking, or go to the gym more often.
But 31 people in Horry County probably made a completely different kind of promise this year - to get out of jail and to never get arrested for DUI again...
State troopers arrested 26 people for DUI in Horry County, and local police charged another five people with DUI over the New Year's holiday.
Why Fight SC DUI Charges?
Hopefully, you were not among those who started the New Year in the Horry County or Myrtle Beach jail facing a DUI charge.
If you are, or if you find yourself facing a DUI charge at any time, you should be aware of the many consequences that even a first-time DUI conviction can have. For example:
- Driver's license suspension: If your license was suspended for refusing the breathalyzer, your attorney may be able to help put the suspension on hold and arrange a hearing to keep you from losing your driving privileges. If you are convicted of DUI, however, you will lose your license.
- ADSAP: If you refuse the breathalyzer and it is not overturned at the administrative hearing - or - if you are convicted of DUI in SC, you must enroll in the alcohol and drug safety action program.
- SR-22 insurance: If you are convicted of DUI, the state will make sure that any insurance company you try to buy from knows it. They will charge you much higher premiums for SR-22 insurance for at least three years. If you miss a payment, the three-year period may be extended.
- Ignition interlock device: Depending on the breathalyzer result and your prior record, you may have to get a device installed in your vehicle that measures your blood alcohol level before allowing the car to start.
- Fines: Depending on the breathalyzer result and your prior record, DUI fines can run into the thousands of dollars.
- Job loss: A DUI can cost you your employment, especially if you are required to drive as part of your job. If you lose your license, you could find yourself unable to get to work. And many business owners will not employ people with a DUI on their record for liability reasons.
The bottom line is that, in many cases, it cost significantly less to hire an attorney to fight your DUI charges than it would cost if you pled guilty and paid the costs associated with a DUI conviction.
How Can a Myrtle Beach DUI Attorney Help?
Your SC DUI defense attorney at Axelrod and Associates will do everything possible to challenge your DUI charge.
There is a range of potential defenses in every DUI case, including:
- You weren't intoxicated to the extent that your ability to drive was materially and appreciably impaired (buzzed driving is not drunk driving);
- If the arresting officer or the Datamaster operator do not follow the mandatory provisions in SCs DUI and implied consent laws, your case will be dismissed; or
- If the arresting officer or Datamaster operator do not follow the non-mandatory provisions of SC's DUI laws or SLED policy and procedure, the breathalyzer results may be suppressed.
No matter how bad a DUI incident looks at first, your odds of dismissal or a reduced charge may improve once we have obtained all the evidence and reviewed the videos in your case.
If you have been arrested and charged with DUI in Myrtle Beach, SC, schedule a free consultation with your Myrtle Beach DUI defense lawyer on the Axelrod team. Call us at (843) 916-9300 or fill out our contact form today.