Greg McCollum Complete Legal Defense Team
At the Complete Legal Defense Team we represent, assist, and defend people who are accused of crimes. We evaluate how the allegation affects your reputation in the community, how it affects your time and your life, and how it will affect you financially. Believe it or not, many people who are arrested and charged with crimes are innocent. When an individual is arrested, many people assume that they are guilty or they would not have been arrested. Our clients are often shocked at how easy it is to be arrested with very little police investigation.
Sometimes a single statement by one person is enough to cause charges to be made and an arrest warrant to be issued. Many times people do not know an arrest is imminent. At the Complete Legal Defense Team, our sole focus is on representing people who are accused of crimes. We defend clients who have been accused of felonies, misdemeanors, and DUI. Our goal from the outset is to examine the facts and circumstances completely.
We defend and have successfully defended every type of Major Felony, including Murder, Kidnapping, Sexual Assault, Burglary, Robbery, Assault, Drug Trafficking and more. We have successfully defended clients for DUI. When a person is charged with a DUI and someone is killed or seriously injured, even a passenger, the driver is charged with Felony DUI. We have defended at trial all of the type cases listed and many others. We have the ability, resources, skill and experience to defend every type of serious felony to less serious, but important cases like DUI.
In addition to defense of serious felony cases and DUI, we also regularly represent and help people in traffic court, so you can avoid having to appear in traffic court.
South Carolina Alcohol Laws
Beer, which may only contain up to 5% alcohol, is sold in grocery stores and convenience marts. Restaurants and bars must stop selling alcohol at midnight on Saturday and may not resume until Monday at 7 a.m. Other hours and restrictions are covered by local laws. While you can work as a server in a restaurant that sells alcohol at age 18, all other responsibilities involving selling or transporting alcohol may not be handled before age 21. As in all states, a person cannot legally consume alcohol until 21.
Open container laws prevent drivers from carrying even previously opened bottles of alcohol in the main compartment of the vehicle; they must be transported in the trunk, away from the driver and passengers. ‘Per se intoxication’ means that a driver was chemically tested and his or her BAC level was at.08 percent or higher. An underage South Carolina driver may only test with a.02 percent BAC before being subjected to DUI penalties, rather than.08 percent for drivers over age 21. Requiring a driver to comply with chemical testing falls under implied consent laws. ‘ Refusing to be tested incurs a penalty of mandatory driver’s license suspension for up to one year. The DMV can permanently or temporarily remove a driver’s license for six months for the first DUI conviction, one year for the second conviction, and two years for the third conviction. Vehicle confiscation is a penalty option of the courts with the fourth DUI conviction in South Carolina.
Mandatory ignition interlock installation is another option available to the courts, as is education, treatment, or assessment for alcohol abuse under certain circumstances.
Consumer Information and Prices Paid
Typical costs:A DUI/DWI attorney may charge a flat fee or an hourly rate of $100-$300 or more. For a first DUI/DWI charge with few or no disputed facts and the intention to plead guilty flat fees start around $500-$1,200, but some attorneys may charge $1,300-$2,500 or more for the same case. Whether flat amount or hourly rates, attorney fee for a DUI/DWI case that goes to trial could run anywhere from $2,000-$25,000 or more. Many cases can be handled without a trial, but some attorneys specialize in fighting DUI/DWI charges. Related articles: Traffic Ticket Attorney, Drug Defense Attorney, Felony Defense Attorney, Drug or Alcohol Rehab, Drug or Alcohol Testing What should be included:Each state has its own specific DUI/DWI laws and consequences.
Attorneys working on an hourly basis charge for time spent answering your questions on the phone or by e-mail, as well as case-related expenses such as interviews, research or photocopies. Whether on a flat or hourly rate, your attorney will cost more if there are retrials or appeals. Shopping for a dui attorney:When you first meet with an attorney, know the exact charges against you, your court date, your bail amount and any other pertinent facts. A Michigan attorney lists things to consider when hiring a DUI/DWI attorney. Search for an attorney through the National College for DUI Defense or the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys; or contact the nearest bar association in your state.
Your attorney should provide you with a detailed written fee agreement. FightDUIcharges.com can help provide local DUI attorneys that will assist with flexible payments to afford the DUI fees fighting the case.