Naturally, folks have many questions when they come in for a consultation regarding a recent DUI arrest. Below I will list the usual first three steps my office takes when defending a DUI case.
1. Request a jury trial. In DUI 1st cases, a person is given a traffic ticket with an appearance date. We usually remove these cases from this court date and the client will not need to appear. The case will then be placed a jury trial docket (which does not necessarily mean it will be tried). This provides enough time for us to request and review the evidence and to investigate the case.
2. Request an administrative hearing (Temporary Alcohol License ("TAL") step). If a client refuses the breath test, or blows a .15% or greater, their privilege to drive is immediately suspended. We will assist in requesting an administrative hearing which will "stay" the suspension and allow the driver to obtain a TAL which allows the client to drive unrestricted in the State pending the outcome of the "implied consent hearing".
3. File a Rule 5/Brady Motion ("Discovery Motion"). We will file a discovery motion that requires the prosecutor to turn over the evidence in the case.
Most of my clients have no desire to ever attend court and I make that a stated goal in every case.
If you have been arrested for a DUI, drug charge, assault charge, or any other criminal offense in South Carolina please call my office to schedule a free interview. I also handle driver's license issues, parole cases, and other matters. If you have questions about a search warrant, arrest warrant, or any other issue involving your personal rights and liberty, please feel free to contact my office as well. At my office, you will receive a free interview in criminal cases. If retained, I will go about protecting your initial court appearance, if possible, and begin investigating the case. If you have questions about a criminal or DUI case or questions about this article, feel free to contact me at (843) 761-0610. If you would like to read more about South Carolina's DUI and criminal laws, copy/paste this link into your search heading http://www.vannoylawoffice.com/blog/
If you have questions regarding a DUI or criminal case in Berkeley, Charleston, or Dorchester County, please contact my office today at (843) 761-0610 or through the contact page on this website.
Brady Vannoy is a criminal defense lawyer in Berkeley County, South Carolina. He carries a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating. According to the rating system, "AV Preeminent(r) is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence."
Brady Vannoy is a member of The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers in South Carolina. You can find his profile at www.thenationaltriallawyers.org.
He regularly defends cases in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties. Brady is a member of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100. Brady defends DUI and all types of criminal cases in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties along with other areas of the South Carolina low country. He can be reached at (843) 761-0610, firstname.lastname@example.org, or through the contact page on this website.