Myrtle Beach DUI Lawyer

Charged with Drunk Driving? Retain our Defense Attorney in Myrtle Beach & Horry County

The State of South Carolina does not take DUI charges lightly. In fact, if you are charged with a DUI, you can count on fierce prosecution and, if convicted, serious penalties. When the system will do everything in its power to convict you, you need a strong defense team that can uphold your rights and powerfully communicates your side of the story.

Having a trusted and experienced Myrtle Beach DWI attorney on your side can make the difference in your case. At Joye, Nappier, Risher, & Hardin, we believe in the power of good representation to change people’s lives for the better and we dedicate ourselves to our clients’ cases. As a small-town firm, we take a personal approach to each case. We truly care about our clients and it shows in everything from our initial phone calls to our thorough case preparation.

Discuss your options with one of our DWI lawyers in Myrtle Beach, SC today. Call (843) 357-6454. Proudly Serving Myrtle Beach and Horry County!

What Is the Legal BAC in South Carolina?

In the state of South Carolina, ifyou are caught with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .08% or over, you will be facing DUI charges.

What Are the Penalties for DUI Convictions in South Carolina?

If you are charged with a first-offense DUI in South Carolina, you may face:

  • A maximum of 90 days in jail
  • A maximum of $2,500 in fines
  • Mandatory driver’s license suspension
  • Mandatory completion of the Alcohol & Drug Safety Action Program
  • Three years on SR-22 Insurance
  • DUI conviction on driving record for 10 years
  • DUI conviction on record for life

If you are convicted as a repeat offender within 10 years of your last offense, you will be facing enhanced penalties that can greatly affect your future.

Effects In DUI Consequences

South Carolina takes DUI offenses seriously, even after paying fines and court costs you are still affected by the convictions. There are hidden consequences that get discovered after a DUI conviction that may affect your livelihood. For example:

  • Insurance Increase - Your insurance will likely increase your policy rates or may not renew it. You may also need to enroll with an SR-22 insurance policy which can be just as expensive.
  • Permanent Criminal Record -Record will show on file and cannot be expunged.
  • Interlock Devices - You will need to install a device in whichever car you operate. This device is designed to make sure you do not and are not drinking alcohol and driving. Anytime you attempt to drive the device will make you blow into it to make you are being kept accountable.
  • License Suspension/Revoke- Depending on how many offensives you have your license may be suspended from 6 months to 3 years.

When Should I Hire a DUI Lawyer?

Unsure whether or not you should hire a lawyer to represent you? Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you understand the DUI laws of your state?
  • Do you understand the legal process that you need to go through to avoid hefty punishments or to get a better plea bargain?
  • Are you prepared to spend a lot of time in court?
  • Are you concerned about the effect that a DUI conviction could have on your permanent record?

If you hesitated about your answer for any of the above questions, it's safe to assume that you should at least discuss your case with a DUI lawyer to find out what they can do to help. Having an experienced drunk driving lawyer represent you can sometimes reduce the amount of time you have to spend going to court, and can also help reduce the sentence you may receive.

What happens if I plead guilty to a DUI?

If you plead guilty or "no contest" to the charges against you, you will have a criminal conviction on your permanent record. It's important that you discuss your case with a legal professional before making any decisions about plea bargains. This decision can affect the rest of your life and it's important that you don't rush into it without considering all of the repercussions.

Get Help Today!

Hiring an experienced DUI Attorney in Myrtle can help you with your DUI case and the hard times that come after.

Don’t leave your future to chance. Take charge by hiring a Myrtle Beach DUI attorney from Joye, Nappier, Risher, & Hardin. Contact our Myrtle Beach DUI firm at (843) 357-6454 today.

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