Columbia dui attorney
While deciding which law firm to retain, we ask you to consider our Columbia DUI attorney credentials and experience. In addition, call us for a confidential, personal review your case. Because we understand the anxiety you’re feeling, you can reach our lawyers directly. Furthermore, we make ourselves available when you need answers, even after hours and on the weekends. After all, that is when most folks get into trouble. So call now and let’s see what options may be available.
So here is what we do if you hire us. After we notify the court that we are your lawyer, we then request all evidence against you. While we wait for the evidence, we also help you with any DMV license issues that often result from a Columbia DUI arrest. Once we get the evidence, we carefully review all video, both at the street and in the breath test room. Because South Carolina has mandatory video recording laws, we first look for legal errors. For example, if the field sobriety tests are not properly recorded, we can move to exclude them. But more importantly, if the arrest or Miranda warnings are not on video, your case may be dismissed altogether. Furthermore, if there are problems with your case, we may negotiate a favorable plea offer, like reckless driving.
Because people, and jurors, know what “drunk” or “impaired” looks like, we believe video evidence “makes or breaks” cases. As a result, we focus much of our evidence review on how you actually appear and sound. Rather than focus on your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) reading, we evaluate your how you walk and talk. For example, if your BAC is low, we focus on the problems with breath testing machines and so-called science. However, if your BAC is high, we look to see if the video matches up with a high number. Consequently, if you look good on video, we argue a jury should trust themselves instead of a flawed machine. As an experienced Columbia DUI attorney, we point out all of the problems with breath testing “science” and machines.
As for field sobriety tests, the only one we look at is the horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN). Although we are not able to see your eyes but can look at how you stand naturally. Hence, if you don’t sway or stagger, you are probably not impaired. In addition, police can “walk a line” and “one leg stand” because they have practiced many times. Otherwise, they would be about the same as you doing it for the first time. Furthermore, jurors know these balancing tests are hard to do and look more at how you actually drive on video. After all, DUI is about dangerous driving, not standing on one leg.
While not our first strategy, many of our clients would happily take a reckless driving plea offer. Instead, we start our defense with can the State prove their case against you. Because they have to prove everything, we have to prove nothing. However, once we review all of the evidence and negotiated with the prosecutor, we can then advise you on options. Once you have full information, you are then able to make the best decision for you and your family. So try not to worry as we will be there beside you every step of the way.