You decided to come to South Carolina to visit your family, and you set aside time to enjoy a few days with them. While you were here, you made plans to head to a local bar and grab a few drinks with them. Everyone drove home on their own, but you were the one who ended up having a cop pull you over.
You’re not from the area, so being thrown in jail and having your license put at risk has stressed you out. You just want to resolve this situation, so you can get back to your family, your vacation and head home.
You need to have a team in South Carolina who can help you fight the charges
One thing that might help you is having a team in South Carolina to support you while you fight the charges. A DUI arrest can affect you in any state, so it’s a good idea to talk to your attorney before you make any decisions on how to handle the situation.
You do need to appear for court, which can be frustrating when you’re not living in the state. You may not have time to keep going back and forth, which is why it’s a good idea to work with an attorney who is in South Carolina. They can file paperwork and take care of small aspects of the case on your behalf without you needing to be in the state. That gives you more time to take care of what you need to do at home while keeping yourself up-to-date on the latest changes in your case.
You should know that a DUI in any state is treated similarly. You’ll still face fines, penalties and jail (in some cases). You may have your license threatened and your job put at risk. Fortunately, if you work with an attorney in the state where you were charged, then they will know more about alternative sentences, options for reducing the penalties you face and other helpful tips to minimize the impact of the DUI on your life in your home state.
Remember, even when traveling from out of state, you’re always going to be innocent until proven otherwise. It’s worth the time to fight your case instead of pleading no contest or agreeing to the penalties. There are ways to minimize the damage to your reputation as well as to protect your future.