DUI Attorney Greenville

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WHY DO YOU NEED A DUI LAWYER ?

A DUI CHARGE IS NOT ABOUT THE LAWYER, ITS ABOUT YOU !

Driving Under the Influence or DUI law is one of the most complex areas of criminal law in the State of South Carolina.  If you plead guilty or are convicted of a DUI, it can effect your license, your job and your family.  We understand that and fight hard to protect you!  Recent police crackdowns and legal developments in the South Carolina DUI laws have created harsher penalties for DUI convictions including higher fines and longer jail times.  (FOR A LIST OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA DUI PENALTIES, CLICK HERE) A DUI lawyer is your first line of defense, your top soldier in the battle.  The job of our law firm is to represent and protect you and we take our job seriously.   If you have been charged with a DUI and need real legal help, your first step should be to call Attorney Freddy Woods for a *FREE phone consultation at 864-8100-DUI.

CONSEQUENCES AND PENALTIES FOR A DUI IN SOUTH CAROLINA

The main question we receive from our clients is “What are the consequences and penalties for DUI in South Carolina?’ The consequences for those convicted for a DUI can be harsh and severe. A conviction for DUI for even a first offense will result in the loss of your driver’s license for a minimum of one year, cost you thousands of dollars in court fines and fees, cause your insurance premiums to skyrocket and result in a permanent criminal record! 

Before you make the mistake of accepting the consequences of a DUI, take the time to know your rights and call Attorney Freddy Woods directly at 864-8100-DUI.

DUI LAWS IN SOUTH CAROLINA

The laws changed in February, 2009.  The State of South Carolina currently imposes the following penalties and fines for a person convicted of a DUI.

DUI- 1st Offense:

  • A fine of $400 - $1,000 plus court costs
  • 48 hours – 90 days in jail
  • Loss of your driver’s license for 6 months to 1 year
  • ADSAP ( Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program) class program fees
  • Proof of SR-22 (high risk driver’s insurance), required for a minimum of 3 years
  • Possible loss of Your Job and Educational Benefits
  • Permanent Criminal Record for the Rest of Your Life

DUI- 2nd Offense:

  • A fine of $2100 - $6,500 plus court costs
  • 5 days – 3 years in jail
  • Loss of your driver’s license for up to 1 year
  • ADSAP (Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program) class program fees
  • Proof of SR-22 (high risk driver’s insurance), required for a minimum of 3 years
  • Vehicle Immobilization Required
  • Ignition Interlock Device Installed in your Vehicle for 2 years (Required)
  • Possible Loss of Your Job and Educational Benefits
  • Permanent Criminal Record for the Rest of Your Life

DUI- 3rd Offense:

  • A fine of $3,800 - $6,000 plus court costs
  • 60 days – 5 years in jail
  • Loss of your driver’s license for between 2 years to 4 years
  • ADSAP (Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program) class program fees
  • Proof of SR-22 (high risk driver’s insurance), required for a minimum of 3 years
  • Loss of Your Vehicle
  • Vehicle immobilization Required
  • Ignition Interlock Device Installed in your car for 3 years (Required)
  • Possible loss of Your Job and Educational Benefits
  • Permanent Criminal Record for the Rest of Your Life

The court fines and fees listed above do not include court assessments, DMV fees , higher insurance premiums or the fees for classes for the ADSAP (Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program). The permanent criminal record from a DUI means if you are a student, you could lose your scholarships, grants and loans and not be able to afford to continue in college. If you are in the military, your could lose your rank, have a reduction in pay, lose your security clearances or be cycled out of the military.  If you are a professional, such as a doctor, a lawyer, nurse, insurance agent or financial advisor, you could even lose your professional license and thus lose your livelihood! Additionally, most employers will not hire or will fail to promote a person with a DUI on their permanent criminal record. A DUI conviction is not a speeding ticket that goes on your driving record only, it is a serious charge and a criminal conviction that goes on your driving record and permanent criminal record for life!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ’S):

The most common questions that new clients at our firm ask are:

  • What is going to happen to me (what are my options)?
  • How do I avoid jail time?
  • How do I keep my license?
  • How do I get my record cleared?
  • What is it going to cost me to get a lawyer?
  • How will you help me?

(FOR THE ANSWERS TO THESE AND MANY MORE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS, CLICK HERE)

EXPERIENCE IN THE COURTROOM !

A lawyer who works daily in the state and federal courtrooms throughout South Carolina, Attorney Freddy Woods knows how real experience makes a difference in the outcome for DUI cases. A seasoned trial lawyer with over 17 years of direct courtroom experience, Attorney Freddy Woods has helped hundreds of South Carolina drivers who have found themselves charged with a DUI, serious traffic ticket and/or criminal offense.  Over the years, he has represented people throughout all 46 counties in South Carolina with criminal charges including federal and state charges and regularly tries cases in South Carolina courtrooms.  Court personnel and members of law enforcement know firsthand the work we do at our law firm, that is why prosecutors, officers and even court personnel call us to help their friends and families with DUI charges and other types of criminal cases. 

When it is necessary for our trials, we are backed by a team of highly experienced independent investigators as well as leading forensic and toxicology experts who can testify for us in our cases and can help us disprove the results of the breathalyzer or blood test in your case.  Attorney Freddy Woods regularly attends continuing legal education conferences to keep abreast of the latest developments in DUI defense. He writes articles, editorials, authors ebooks and makes public speaking appearances on the subjects of DUI and Criminal Law. Most recently in 2012, Attorney Freddy Woods was honored as a graduate of the intensive summer session at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts through the National College of DUI Defense (NCDD), a national trial lawyer organization dedicated to the defense of those charged with driving under the influence and received an award on July 28, 2012. (FOR A BIOGRAPHY OF ATTORNEY FREDDY WOODS, CLICK HERE)

THE DUI LAWYER

Attorney Freddy Woods is a DUI and Criminal Defense lawyer who has been handling DUI and Criminal Defense Cases throughout South Carolina for more than 17 years.  He is admitted to practice in all municipal, magistrate and state courts in the State of South Carolina, as well as all federal courts within the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina. He is also a member of the bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.  He is distinguished member of both the National College for DUI Defense and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers among other national organizations. (FOR A MORE COMPREHENSIVE BIO OF ATTORNEY FREDDY WOODS, CLICK HERE)

WHAT DO I DO NEXT ?

Many people arrested for a DUI feel guilty and feel as though they have already been convicted in their mind. Remember, AN ARREST IS NOT A CONVICTION.  If you have a DUI charge and/or related criminal tickets, you should talk with Attorney Freddy Woods immediately at 864-8100-DUI.  THE FIRST PHONE CONSULTATION IS *FREE. We will help you find out how your case could be resolved without you having to plead guilty or no contest and have a conviction that could negatively impact you for the rest of your life. Our firm is knowledge based and freely gives you the information that you need to make informed decisions about your case. We will take the time to walk you through the Court and the DMV processes. (FOR A FREE GUIDE ON DUI IN SOUTH CAROLINA, CLICK HERE)

HOW WILL I GET TO WORK WITHOUT MY LICENSE?

If your license has been taken away and you wish to get your driving privileges back we can request an administrative hearing for you. From the date of arrest, you have 10 days to request a preliminary hearing and 30 days to request an administrative hearing or you lose very important rights and your driving privileges.  We understand ADSAP and the DMV and know the steps that we need to take to protect you. After we request a hearing for you, the DMV will send you a form to go back to any South Carolina DMV office to get your license while your hearing is pending. Call us now at 864-8100-DUI for a *FREE phone consultation if you have any questions about this process.

THE WOODS LAW FIRM
 JUSTICE ON YOUR SIDE !

THE CASE PROCESS

The most important decision you will make is what lawyer and law firm you choose to represent you in court.  In a serious case, such as a DUI (Driving Under the Influence of Drugs and/or Alcohol) charge, the lawyer and law firm that you choose can become the most important people in your legal life.  At the Woods Law Firm, your DUI lawyer, Freddy Woods, was born and raised in South Carolina and thus has very deep roots in the community.

  • Initially and throughout the case, you will be given both the office and cell phone numbers of your attorney so that you may have direct access to your lawyer.
  • The legal staff will set up a complete file for you and we will begin to investigate all aspects of your case including the traffic stop or accident and the breathalyzer/blood test.
  • A letter of representation and a discovery request along with other legal motions will be filed to get all of the evidence in your case from the prosecutor’s office. We will have an evidence meeting to discuss your discover and what it means for your case.
  • We will request a preliminary hearing and a pretrial hearing if needed to discuss your case with the prosecutor, the officer(s) and the Judge in order to determine if your case can be negotiated, dismissed or needs to go to trial.
  • Our strategy is to outwork our opponents.  Our success in handeling cases or having charges reduced to a non-DUI disposition has helped to drive our growth and allows us to concentrate our practice in the areas of DUI Defense, Traffic Law and Criminal Defense.  We also have knowledge of the judges and prosecutors who often handle DUI cases because of our regular attendance in courts throughout South Carolina.  We are a trial law firm, meaning that we just don’t plead you to anything, we take the time to get to know you and your case, to investigate the facts, explain our legal strategy and the consequences of a DUI and fight for your legal rights from the beginning of your arrest for a DUI to the conclusion of your case at court.

*Disclaimer - The client is responsible for any and all court fines, expenses and attorney's fees.

You may wish to consult your lawyer or another lawyer instead of me. You may obtain information about other lawyers by consulting directories, seeking the advice of others, or calling the South Carolina Bar Lawyer Referral Service at 803-799-7100 in Columbia or toll free at 1-800-868-2284. If you have already engaged a lawyer in connection with the legal matter referred to in this communication, you should direct any questions you have to that lawyer. The exact nature of your legal situation will depend on many facts not known to me at this time. You should understand that the advice and information in this communication is general and that your own situation may vary.

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