Criminal Defense Attorneys Summerville, SC
Compassionate Criminal Defense Attorneys
At Knight Law Firm, we understand that being charged with a crime is a difficult experience. It’s important not to overlook the repercussions that a criminal conviction of any type can have on your driver’s license. We encourage you to seek representation for any types of charge, from a traffic citation to suspension of a driver’s license.
If you are searching for a criminal defense attorney in Summerville or the surrounding areas, we would love to speak with you.
DUI / DUAC
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driving with an Unlawful Alcohol Concentration (DUAC) are significant criminal offenses in South Carolina. While it may seem easy to simply pay the fine and avoid the hassle and expense of hiring an attorney to contest a DUI or DUAC, it is important to understand that paying the fine will result in a criminal conviction that can bring life-altering consequences including: loss of or restrictions to your driver’s license, loss of employment or future employment opportunities, loss of your professional license, dramatically increased auto insurance rates, required installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, and potentially even jail time.
If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI or DUAC, your family has a lot at stake. It is vitally important that you consult with one of our DUI attorneys who is well-versed with the laws and procedures regarding DUI and DUAC in South Carolina as soon as possible after arrest. There are administrative and other deadlines that must be met to preserve your rights under the law.
CDL Violations and Other Traffic Offenses
Whether you have a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) or a regular license, it is important to understand the impact a conviction for a traffic offense can have on your future ability to earn a living or support your family. Convictions for Reckless Driving, Leaving the Scene, Failure to Stop for a Blue Light and in some instances even a Speeding , Too Fast for Conditions or Disregarding a Stop Sign or Red Light ticket can result in revocation or suspension of your license or significantly impact your insurability or employability. Convictions for traffic offenses can be especially detrimental to younger and less experienced drivers. Whether you have a CDL or a regular license, it is important to make an informed decision before paying any traffic ticket or admitting to a traffic offense.
Alcohol / Drug Possession
Alcohol and drug possession offenses, even misdemeanors, can have a significant effect on your reputation, livelihood, educational or professional career, and even your liberty. Even convictions for alcohol offenses such as Public Drinking, Public Drunkenness, Minor in Possession or Open Container can cause unexpected consequences including loss of your job or professional license and loss of educational scholarships or financial aid. If you are accused of possessing even a miniscule amount of marijuana in South Carolina, you will face criminal charges. Unlike in other states including North Carolina, first offense simple possession of marijuana has not been decriminalized here. For this reason, you could be facing jail time for possession of well under an ounce of marijuana. A second offense of simple possession of marijuana can bring up to one year in prison. Misdemeanor possession of cocaine or methamphetamine can bring up to three years in prison.
If you or a family member has been charged with an alcohol or drug possession offense, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney prior to going to court. There are often opportunities for first-time or even repeat alcohol or drug offenders to have charges reduced or even diverted. A seasoned criminal defense attorney can guide you or your loved one through this process and work to protect your rights and your future.
Free Consultation With Criminal Defense Attorneys
Don’t wait to get the legal representation you need if you’re facing criminal charges. It’s in your best interest to seek the counsel of a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Call us now or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys in Summerville.