CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS | SC DUI ATTORNEYS
THE SC DUI ATTORNEYS OF ROBERT J. REEVES P.C.
HOW WE PREPARE OUR CASES
The criminal defense lawyers of Robert J. Reeves P.C. are experienced litigators who are always ready to go to trial if that is in their client’s best interests. In every DUI case or other criminal charge, the process is the same. First, we request a jury trial and then subpoena the State’s evidence, including all available video evidence. Then, when we receive same, our lawyers carefully and thoroughly review every aspect of your case looking for legal error and/or police procedural error. From the beginning of the investigation, we determine if the police had “reasonable suspicion” to stop you. Next, we look at how the officer conducted the investigation to develop “probable cause” to arrest you. And, finally, we critically analyze whether there are any legal issues with your case that will allow us to file Motions with the court to suppress evidence or, in certain situation, dismiss your case altogether. That is the goal in every case we take. Dismissal. We are not criminal lawyers who start with the idea that we have to negotiate a plea. Only after we review all of the evidence and are satisfied that a plea offer may be in our client’s best interests do we have that discussion. We prefer to win cases if possible because that ultimately is what you are hiring us to try to do. Quick money and quick plea deals are not how we practice our profession. We will work very hard to do our best for you. We know you are counting on us and honor the trust you have placed in our firm.
OUR SC DUI ATTORNEYS
ROBERT J. REEVES () 803-554-4157
Attorney Robert Reeves is a veteran trial lawyer with 25 years experience litigating cases in both civil and criminal courts. Mr. Reeves always stands willing to go to trial if that is in his client’s best interests. The best defense begins with a strong offense. If you are not willing to fight, you should not be in the ring. Mr. Reeves also makes himself personally available to his clients. He is there to give them answers and reassurance when they need it. Every client has his personal cell phone number and direct email address. Mr. Reeves is a strong advocate for those wrongfully charged with DUI, DUAC, BUI, and felony DUI. He has undergone and completed the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) courses in DWI Investigation, Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, and the drug based impairment course Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE). Mr. Reeves is a proud member and supporter of the National College for DUI Defense and the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a former Registered Nurse (RN) who understands human physiology principles relating to how alcohol is absorbed and processed by the body. He is also familiar with prescription and other drug based impairment, including toxicology and other medical tests used to try to prove impairment. Mr. Reeves is a member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 and Super Lawyers. He is available to defend SC DUI and NC DWI cases statewide throughout South Carolina and North Carolina.
THOMAS W. HOLLAND SR. ()
Mr. Holland has been practicing law for over twenty (20) years and is licensed in both South Carolina and Virginia. He began his career as a South Carolina prosecutor. He was an Assistant Solicitor with the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit (Union County), a violent crime prosecutor with the Sixth Judicial Circuit, and a Lancaster South Carolina City Solicitor. Mr. Holland has also served as an Special Assistant United States Attorney and as General Counsel for the Lancaster County SC Sheriff’s Office. In addition to his private law practice, Tom is also an Adjunct Instructor at the University of South Carolina (Lancaster campus) where he teaches Criminal Procedure and Policing/Criminal Courts. Mr. Holland is a thorough practitioner who carefully evaluates every aspect of a DUI case from his former prosecutorial perspective. Specifically, he is looking for police procedural error and also how the client appears on video. Having tried so many cases over the years, Mr. Holland can gauge what parts of a video will be helpful to juries as they decide to convict or acquit.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SC DUI ATTORNEY FOR YOU
Although a misdemeanor, being charged with “drunk driving” is a very serious offense. Even if it is your first one and you did not cause an accident or injure anyone, the stigma and long-term consequences can be harsh. If convicted or you agree to plead guilty, you will lose your license for at least six (6) months and can potentially cost you your job. You will also have to have SR-22 automobile insurance for three (3) years and will find it difficult to get reasonable rates after that. A DUI or DWI conviction results in a permanent criminal record. There is currently no option to ever have this removed or expunged, even years or decades later. This is why it is so important to consult with an experienced DUI attorney to see what defenses may exist and what options may be available to you. The initial consultation is free. A critical review of your particular case circumstances can mean the difference in the outcome of your case. We know this is a tough time in your life. It’s difficult to make good decisions when you’re under so much stress and anxiety. That’s why we encourage you to carefully compare the credentials and experience of several lawyers and law firms. We also suggest you actually meet with several attorneys and ask them hard questions. Then, after you have done your research, you should hire the one who gives you the most confidence and puts you at ease. Everyone “knows” a good lawyer. That is a starting point, but do not stop there. Do your own review in this first step in the process of finding the best SC DUI attorney for you.