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A lawyer can be essential for DUI defense in South Carolina

Law enforcement throughout South Carolina is constantly in a state of high alert looking for drivers who show signs of operating their vehicles while under the influence. This is particularly true with the approach of the warmer months. Considering the litany of problems that can accompany an arrest and conviction for driving under the influence, calling a lawyer can be imperative immediately after the arrest.

While driving under the influence is serious and dangerous, a person's being stopped and arrested for it does not necessarily mean they are guilty. In fact, there are times when law enforcement violates protocol or is overzealous in its attempt to make an arrest when it is not warranted. Even if the driver had a drink and there is some alcohol in the system, it does not automatically mean he or she is guilty. This is why it is essential to have a strong DUI defense.

When there is a conviction for DWI, there can be significant penalties including a driver's license suspension, fines and jail time. Depending on the circumstances, these punishments can be made progressively worse. For example, a person who has a commercial driver's license could lose the ability to earn a living after a DUI conviction. Another issue that frequently arises is breath test refusal. Drivers might be under the impression that they are obligated to take the breath test when that is not the case.

There are certain questions that a drunk driving lawyer will ask when crafting a defense such as if there was reasonable cause to stop the vehicle, if the breath test was administered properly or if the driver's rights were violated. It is possible that the driver was not drunk or there is a sensible explanation for the belief that a DWI was taking place. Even if the driver had been drinking, a defense could still be key to possibly avoid the personal, financial and professional aftermath of a conviction. Discussing the matter with a Pawleys Island South Carolina DUI defense attorney is wise. Options can be discussed and a defense can be formulated.

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