Why Hire A DUI Lawyer

The chirping of the siren and the flash of the lights were quickly followed by the realization that you were getting pulled over by a law enforcement officer. You engaged in the small talk, provided your license and proof of insurance, and probably followed the beam of the officer's flash light back and forth. Before you knew it you were being cuffed and placed into the back of the squad car.

You were filled with dread at getting arrested for DUI. You probably started questioning what you were going to do, thinking about who to call, and starting to debate whether or not you need a lawyer. After all, maybe you can pay a fine and take your punishment instead of dragging things out and paying a lawyer. The quicker you can put this behind you the better, right?

Wrong.

There's no getting around it: DUIs are costly both financially and personally. With fines, missed work, increased insurance costs and legal fees, you can quickly rack up quite the bill. However, there is something far costlier than hiring legal representation after a DUI: the cost of having a DUI conviction on your record for the rest of your life. That's what you face by foregoing a strong defense and attempting to DIY a DUI.

People don't hire a DUI attorney because they enjoy spending time with them; the reason you should hire a DUI defense lawyer is because you are worth it. Protecting your rights and freedoms is worth it. Protecting your personal reputation and good name is worth it. Protecting your future and your ability to make a living for your family is worth it.

At Drennan Law Firm, we understand the worries and fears you're experiencing after a DUI arrest. We know that good people can find themselves in bad situations and that many people charged with drunk driving are actually innocent. We look forward to analyzing the evidence in your case and building the strongest possible defense. Call 843-352-4149 today for a free consultation.

What Does A DUI Lawyer Do?

Like any good criminal defense attorney, a DUI lawyer focuses on protecting your rights and minimizing the damage you suffer as a result of DUI charges. The goal is to achieve the best possible outcome for you given the facts of your case, whether that is in the form of dismissed charges, reduced charges or an acquittal at trial.

At Drennan Law Firm, our experienced DUI attorneys thoroughly examine the facts and evidence in DUI cases in order to find the weak points in the prosecution's evidence. This includes finding the answers to questions such as:

  • Was there probable cause for the traffic stop that lead to your DUI arrest?
  • Was proper procedure followed by law enforcement officers?
  • Was the Breathalyzer or other testing equipment properly calibrated?

The answers to these questions can make or break a prosecutor's case. If your constitutional rights were violated, the evidence obtained as a result cannot be used. We will pursue motions to have evidence suppressed and make sure your rights are not violated a second time by illegally obtained or unreliable evidence.

Why You Should Hire A Professional DUI Attorney

You don't know what you don't know about South Carolina DUI laws and criminal defense. That's why it's important to hire an experienced DUI attorney who has proven their ability to achieve positive outcomes in DUI cases. You have too much at stake to move forward on your own, hoping that your gaps in knowledge don't include the key to avoiding jail time, fines and a DUI conviction on your record.

This is a good time to remind you that DUIs are not eligible for expungement in South Carolina. That means a conviction will remain on your record permanently, haunting you every time you undergo a background check. With that knowledge, do you think it's worth rolling the dice on anything less than proven representation for your DUI defense?

How To Find The Best DUI Lawyers In South Carolina

There is no right DUI lawyer for everyone. Your choice of lawyer is a very personal thing, and the right attorney for you may not be the right attorney for someone else. It's important to choose someone you feel comfortable with and someone you have confidence in.

Personal recommendations are a good place to start. If someone you know and trust has had a good experience with a DUI lawyer, they may provide you with a recommendation. It's still important to do your own research. Online reviews can give you a sense of an attorney's strengths and weaknesses. Also, a high number of reviews likely indicates the attorney has an established practice with many past clients. That can be a promising sign, as unsuccessful DUI lawyers don't stick around long enough to accumulate a glut of positive reviews.

Client testimonials - often found on attorney and law firm websites - are another good place to look for direction in your search. You may also wish to ask a firm or attorney you're considering if you can speak to some of their past clients.

Your initial consultation with an attorney is crucial. An attorney may be a great fit on paper but not be a match in communication style or personality. You're essentially placing your future in the hands of your DUI attorney, and you need to feel good about the decision you make.

Contact A DUI Defense Lawyer In Charleston

When you choose Drennan Law Firm for your South Carolina DUI case, you'll be getting more than solid legal advice; you'll be getting proven representation from attorneys with a reputation for winning the toughest DUI cases. We'll make sure the burden of proof remains on the prosecution and do everything in our power to protect your rights, your finances, your reputation and your future.

Contact us anytime for a free consultation. We will evaluate your case with no further obligation unless you choose to proceed with us as your defense.