DUI Defense Lawyers

If you are charged with driving under the influence, you need a result-driven, knowledgeable DUI lawyer to present a strong defense. At Cavanaugh & Thickens, our goal is to help you through the process of a DUI charge so that a single incident does not define and limit your future opportunities. With that in mind, we are here to help you confront DUI charges by advocating on your behalf throughout the process.

What Are the Consequences of a DUI Conviction?

Depending on the facts, circumstances and evidence in your particular case, and whether you have prior convictions, the penalty for a DUI conviction can be up to five years in prison and fines as high as $10,000. Depending on the number of prior DUI convictions, post-conviction license suspensions start at six months and can extend for life.

There may also be immediate pre-conviction license suspensions imposed by the Department of Motor Vehicles. You may be able to challenge the pre-conviction suspension, but you must request a hearing. Failing to issue a timely and proper objection can result in losing the right to challenge immediate pre-conviction license suspensions. We know that both temporary and permanent license restrictions can have a drastic impact on your employment and other aspects of daily life, so it is important to involve a Columbia SC DUI lawyer as soon as possible.

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How Can a Columbia SC DUI Defense Attorney Help Me?

First, our defense lawyer will sit down with you to learn about your case and discuss and evaluate your options. DUI cases are very technical in nature, and due to the seriousness of the charge, there are particular requirements that law enforcement must abide by in order to obtain a DUI conviction. For instance, examples of issues that should be carefully evaluated with a qualified DUI defense lawyer include:

  • Whether there was reasonable suspicion to initiate a traffic stop
  • When police began filming the traffic stop
  • What officers said during the traffic stop
  • The way field sobriety tests were administered
  • Whether and how long it took police to offer a breath test, or “breathalyzer”, during the traffic stop

When someone is charged with DUI, we understand they are facing serious, life-changing consequences. For help understanding your options, contact our DUI defense attorney for a personalized review of your case.

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We know how overwhelming this can be. Our experienced team can walk you through the process to help achieve the best possible outcome. Find comfort in the client focused, results driven approach from the DUI lawyers at Cavanaugh & Thickens.

If you have been arrested, please call us immediately to set an appointment at (803) 888-2200. We need to begin defending your rights and discussing your options with you as soon as possible.

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