Anyone can be charged with Driving Under the Influence. DUI is a charge that people of all walks of life can find themselves facing. What most people don’t realize is DUI is one of the most technical types of cases that the criminal justice system deals with.
The officers, sheriff’s deputies, and troopers who make DUI arrests are specifically trained to detect impaired drivers, administer standard field sobriety tests, and administer breath tests. Most law enforcement agencies in the Upstate of South Carolina have specialized DUI units that focus on nothing more than making DUI arrests. A DUI case may also involve blood being drawn from a local hospital and tested by a criminal toxicologist employed by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED). Other DUI cases involve traffic accidents that are investigated by specially trained accident reconstruction investigators.
A first offense DUI conviction may result in a large fine, the loss of your driver’s license, and jail time. A DUI conviction may also result in mandatory completion of ADSAP (Alcohol Drug Safety Action Program) classes, mandatory SR-22 insurance (high risk insurance), and mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle.
A DUI conviction may also lead to the loss of employment and damage to your reputation.
John D. Newkirk represents individuals who have been charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI). John will thoroughly investigate your case to determine if law enforcement has properly and legally administered the field sobriety tests and the breath/blood/urine test. He will determine if the police have strictly followed the many laws as they relate to DUI in South Carolina. John also utilizes police training manuals to determine if the police have followed their own training when making a DUI case.
While formulating a defense with the objective of reaching the best possible resolution in your case, John will listen to your concerns and expectations, guide you through the criminal justice process, and ensure that you understand all of your options and rights.
*If your license has been suspended because you refused to take a breath/blood/urine test, or because of your alcohol level, John D. Newkirk can help you obtain a temporary driver’s license and may be able to have your full driving privileges restored. You only have 30 days to request a hearing to have your driver’s license restored.
BUI (Boating under the influence)