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Defending Against DUI Charges in Upstate South Carolina

At Grove Ozment Law Firm, we bring a wealth of experience and a commitment to relentless advocacy to the table. Our seasoned team of attorneys is dedicated to providing unwavering support and top-tier legal representation to individuals facing DUI charges in Upstate South Carolina.

What to Do After a DUI Arrest

If you've been arrested for DUI in South Carolina, it's imperative to take the following steps:

Remain Silent

Invoke Your Right to Remain Silent: Avoid self-incrimination by remaining silent about your actions.

Be Respectful

Remain composed and respectful during the stop to avoid escalating the situation.

It's Documented

Be aware: Your actions during the stop are recorded and can be used against you in court.

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Contact an experienced DUI defense attorney; if you're unable to pay, inquire about court-appointed options.

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Our Legal Knowledge 

& Involvement 

Our attorneys have a proven track record of success and are actively involved in the legal community. Some of our key affiliations and qualifications include:

  • Membership with the South Carolina Bar and Greenville County Bar, showcasing our commitment to professional excellence.
  • Board membership with the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, where we actively engage with and contribute to the development of criminal defense strategies.
  • Former Board member with the South Carolina Public Defender's Association, demonstrating our comprehensive understanding of the criminal justice system.
  • Participation in the South Carolina Bar House of Delegates, where we play a role in shaping legal policies and practices.
  • Engagement with the Haynsworth-Perry American Inns of Court, fostering a commitment to legal ethics and professionalism.
  • Service on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, highlighting our involvement in federal legal matters.

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Consequences of a DUI Conviction in South Carolina 

A DUI conviction in South Carolina can have profound legal and personal consequences. These may include:

Criminal Penalties: Substantial fines and potential jail time, with increased severity for repeat offenses.

  • Driver's License Suspension: Administrative suspension for Implied Consent violations and mandatory suspensions following convictions for DUI/DUAC, both of which can impact your ability to drive.
  • Ignition Interlock Device (IID): The requirement to install an IID in your vehicle, adding a breathalyzer test to your ignition process.
  • Mandatory Alcohol Education and Treatment: Court-ordered programs that individuals must complete at their own expense.
  • Increased Insurance Costs: Expect significantly higher car insurance premiums following a DUI conviction. The need for SR-22 insurance which is more costly than standard coverage.
  • Criminal Record: A permanent criminal record that can affect employment and housing opportunities.
  • Probation and Community Service: Possible probationary periods and community service requirements.
  • Felony Charges (in some cases): For DUI cases involving injuries or multiple convictions, felony charges with severe penalties are a possibility. 

We Can Fight For You Against DUI Charges in Upstate South Carolina

At Grove Ozment Law Firm, we understand the gravity of DUI charges. We are here to guide you through the legal process, protect your rights, and relentlessly pursue the best possible outcome for your case. Contact us today for a confidential consultation.

Get to know Will Grove

Will brings extensive litigation experience to the Upstate. He has helped hundreds of clients with court cases in both personal injury claims as well as an array of criminal allegations.