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It’s never a good day when you see blue lights flashing in the rearview mirror. And it’s even worse when you’ve had too much to drink.
A drunken driving arrest is serious business; A DUI conviction in South Carolina can result in a suspended driver’s license, fines and even jail time.
If you’ve been pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, there are two things you’ll want to do immediately in order to fight the charges or get a lesser penalty.
1. Create a detailed account of what happened
First, as soon as you’re able, make some notes about what happened that evening. You may even want to return to the scene of the incident the next day to refresh your memory. Write down everything that occurred, even if it seems inconsequential. These little details can greatly aid your attorney with your case.
Your notes should include information on the following as well as anything else you can remember from the time you were pulled over until you were arrested and ultimately released:
- Approximate time you were pulled over and location.
- Passengers in the vehicle (if any) and their contact information.
- What reason the officer gave for stopping you.
- Questions the officer asked you.
- Your interaction with the officer. For example, was your speech slurred?
- If possible, contact information for any other witnesses.
- If you took a field sobriety test, what were the results?
- If you were arrested, were you read your Miranda rights?
- Did you ask for a lawyer?
- Did you take additional chemical (breath or blood) tests at the police station? If so, what were the results?
As best you can recall, write down the alcoholic drinks or drugs you had prior to the arrest. Include the amounts and the times they were consumed – the more detail the better. Also jot down any prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications you took that day, which could interfere with a sobriety test.
2. Contact a DUI attorney
It’s important to hire a lawyer experienced in fighting DUI cases. A knowledgeable DUI attorney thoroughly understands the law and the principles used by law enforcement. They are dealing with these cases daily – not just once every few months or a couple times a year.
A qualified DUI attorney also fully grasps the severity of a DUI arrest and conviction. Your attorney realizes how a suspended license will impact your work and family life. And they know how something like this can impact your finances and your reputation.
After a DUI arrest, act quickly. Record your version of the incident in as much detail as possible and then find an experienced DUI attorney who will give you the best shot possible at a positive outcome.
For professional, effective legal counsel in the Lowcountry, turn to a local and experienced attorney’s office like Harris & Huge, LLC. The team at Harris & Huge specializes in DUI defense, criminal law defense, corporate law and person injury.
If you or a loved one is accused of a crime in South Carolina, don’t wait. Call Harris & Huge at (843) 814-8770 for a free consultation today.