Felony DUI Attorneys in South Carolina

At Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP we understand that each and every DUI case in the state of South Carolina is unique, and must be Personal Injury Attorneytreated differently than a previous DUI case.  In South Carolina, a DUI can be classified as a felony or a misdemeanor depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident.  Felony DUI’s typically result when one’s decision to drive under the influence results in some sort of accident that ends up in “death” or “great bodily injury.”

Here, a 30-year-old South Carolina resident was operating his vehicle, which contained three passengers; a 29-year-old woman, and two children, when his vehicle collided into a tree.  The woman and the children were taken to the hospital where the woman was pronounced dead hours later.  This is a very tragic situation that could have been prevented had the man not been drinking.  However, it is also important to ensure that the man’s rights are also taken into account when prosecuting him.

A felony DUI conviction can mean some incredibly serious penalties for the defendant; especially if a death has resulted.  Fines can be as much as $25,000, and jail time as much as 25 years.  Therefore, it is extremely imperative that one being charged with such a crime consults with competent defense counsel.

At Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP we will take the necessary steps to ensure that the accused is receiving the proper defense.  We have a combined 75 years of experience in handling client cases, and will bring that experience to the table for every one of our clients.  For a consultation, you can reach us at our Fort Mill, South Carolina office at 803-548-4444, or toll-free at 877-374-5999.

Four Arrested in Fort Mill During a York County DUI Crackdown

A weekend turned sour for four Fort Mill, SC residents.  Four people have been arrested for DUI this weekend after York Police Department DUI enforcement effort.

According to the York County Police Chief, officers worked diligently on patrol from 10 p.m. Saturday night, to 5 a.m. Sunday morning in hopes of  catching intoxicated drivers.  Specifically, one DUI arrest occurred due to an accident caused by the ineibrated driver. 

Other citations were issued along with the arrests for other various infractions. The York County Police Chief has commented that due to recent events, and rising numbers in car accidents due to intoxicated drivers, the entire force is trying to “beef up” the DUI enforcement by the end of next month.

 According to the police chief, this is due to the overwhelming amount of deaths and crashes occurring because of drunk drivers. 

If you or someone you know is facing DUI charges, contact the law offices of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower to consult with one of our criminal DUI attorneys.  Our criminal DUI attorneys handle many types of criminal cases in North and South Carolina.  We are licensed in both North and South Carolina, where you can contact us at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.

Rock Hill Man Drops His Pants When Arrested for DUI

An intoxicated Rock Hill man’s pants fell to the ground when authorities confronted him Saturday after he drove his car into a curb before registering a .23 blood alcohol level, police say.

A driver called police to report that a reckless driver in front of them hit a curb at the 700 block of Heckle Boulevard before pulling into a restaurant and then parking in the street’s median, according to a Rock Hill Police report. When officers arrived, the driver, got out the car and stood in front of police.  That’s when his pants fell to the ground, the report states. The defendant failed three different field sobriety tests and registered a .23 blood alcohol concentration after a breath test. The legal limit in South Carolina is .08.

Nobody wants to see himself embarrassed in front of his community by having his drunken antics and driving under the influence (DUI) arrest being read in the newspaper by everyone the next morning.  Unfortunately, once the person is arrested and charged with DUI, little can be done to stop the public from being kept in the dark on the charges.  The assistance of a lawyer can greatly help to mitigate the stress created by the harsh public disdain DUI charges bring by seeking to reach the best possible outcome for the client.

Whatever the case may be, and whatever type of “DUI” you have been charged with, contact the law offices of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower to have your claim evaluated. We are licesnsed in both North and South Carolina, where you can contact us at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.

Recent DUI Checkpoints on Interstate-77

Recently there has been a DUI crackdown on Interstate 77, near Rock Hill, SC, has accumulated almost 20 arrests on driving under the influence and more than 70 total traffic citations.  Also, a Lancaster County, SC operation on U.S. 521 led to 10 additional arrests on DUI charges. 

Of the people arrested, five of them were drug-related, five were for driving under suspension, and nine were illegal alcohol cases.  However, the majority of them were for minor traffic violations, such as a broken tail light or an expired registration.

The officers reported that for some of the stops, people had marijuana and open containers in plain sight of the officers.  Troopers have stated that they plan on initiating more traffic stops such as this in the late hours of the night. 

Finally, the officers set up a mobile breath test unit that tested the driver’s BAC, and if it registered higher than a 0.08, they were brought toYorkCountyDetentionCenter.  The ramps were chosen because of the statistics of accidents in the area such as the volume of the traffic, the layout of the ramps, and the crash records in the area. 

Troopers state that they are going to continue to crack down on DUI and other violations, and license checkpoints can be expected in the future.  Therefore, if you or a loved one has been involved in a DUI or other crime related to driving on the roadways, call the law offices of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP.  We have attorneys who are experienced in the law and are here to help you.  We can be contacted in northern South Carolina at our Fort Mill, Baxter Village Office at 803-548-4444, or toll-free at 877-374-5999.

 

Rock Hill Man Charged with DUI and Assault in Myrtle Beach – SC Criminal Defense Attorney

Last week, a Rock Hill man was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) and third-degree assault and battery.  The Rock Hill man was arrested by Myrtle Beach police after he punched a man after a fight.  The arrest occurred at North Eighth Avenue and Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, SC.

The fight occured at Sixth Avenue North and Chester Street.  The Rock Hill man was only detained after a police officer stopped him on suspicion of DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.

The misdemeanor of third degree assault and battery in South Carolina carries a fine of not more than $500 or imprisonment for not more than 30 days, or both.  The crime itself requires that “The accused unlawfully injured another person, or offers or attempts to injure another person with the present ability to do so.”  §16-3-600(E)(1).  The accused need not have actually hit anyone, i.e. no battery must have occured.

South Carolina Criminal Defense and DUI Attorneys

If you have been charged with a crime anywhere in South Carolina, we’re here to help.  Call the experienced South Carolina criminal defense attorneys of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower at 877-374-5999 (or use this form) for a free consultation with an attorney.  We’ll help you evaluate your options and develop your best defense to get you the best results possible.