Here are the facts. Charleston, South Carolina, is regularly named as one of the best places to live and vacation by travel magazines. Those born here already know it and never really consider leaving the area. Those who come to vacation learn it and then find themselves returning year after year. Everyone falls in love with the area and fantasizes about one day retiring here. We have both a unique blend of history combined with new and emerging markets. We have The Citadel and the College of Charleston. We have a thriving port and are now the home port for the Carnival Cruise “Fantasy.” We have a new Boeing aircraft manufacturing plant located next to our international airport. We have industry, cutting edge technology, website SEO companies, and, of course, tourism. In short, Charleston SC has it all.
Sadly, Charleston also has some of the highest DUI arrest rates in all of South Carolina. And whether you live here or are just a guest for a brief stay, a DUI arrest can happen quickly and without warning. One minute, you’re at a bar and heading home or back to your hotel. The next moment, you are being handcuffed and put in the back of a police car. If convicted, a DUI will be on your record forever. Try not to worry. Some of the best SC DUI lawyers practice their trade here in Charleston.
We are local DUI Attorneys in Charleston SC. We proudly and compassionately represent those arrested and charged with DUI, DUAC, BUI in the Charleston area. We go wherever we are called to serve, including Charleston, Mount Pleasant, James Island, Daniel Island, the Isle of Palms, and North Charleston. We hope you will carefully consider our attorneys’ credentials and criminal experience in your search for a Charleston SC DUI attorney. We would be honored to represent you and get you through this ordeal. We know this is serious.
First, Our Attorneys’ DUI Credentials
Although part of a larger law firm with multiple offices and a South Carolina state-wide practice, we are here in Charleston SC to better serve our clients charged with “driving under the influence” (DUI), “driving with an unlawful alcohol concentration” (DUAC), or “boating under the influence” (BUI). Our sole focus here is aggressively representing those clients arrested for drinking related offenses. We are Charleston SC DUI attorneys but also associate established local counsel as part of our team dedicated to providing our very best efforts in preparing your case for trial. We want every advantage we can muster to represent you.
Our attorneys are seasoned DUI trial lawyers with diverse backgrounds:
Attorney Robert J. Reeves has been a practicing lawyer since 1989 and has over 24 years experience in litigating and resolving both civil and criminal cases. He has undergone police training and received certificates from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) in “DWI Investigation and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing” as well as “Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE)” courses. Mr. Reeves is also a proud member of the National College for DUI Defense and has been inducted into the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 and Super Lawyers for SC.
Attorney Arthur K. Aiken is an accomplished criminal and civil trial attorney also with over 24 years experience. He graduated at the top of his law school class at the University of South Carolina in 1989. Mr. Aiken has handled all types of serious criminal cases all the way to murder. He also has extensive experience in federal crimes, including federal program fraud and drug trafficking cases. Mr. Aiken was born and raised in Mount Pleasant SC and still has family here. Of course, he enjoys coming back home to Charleston and defending criminal cases. Mr. Aiken has attained peer-reviewed recognition and is a member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 (SC) as well as the National College for DUI Defense.
Attorney Tyler Burns is also an integral part of our DUI defense team. Mr. Burns is a former SC DUI prosecutor who has completed NHTSA training in “DWI Investigation and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing” and “Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE)” courses. He now applies the training he received from the State of South Carolina in prosecuting DUI and DUAC cases to now reverse engineer cases and find legal errors for the defense side. His experiences as a prosecutor provide valuable insights when he evaluates DUI cases for trial or plea. Like his colleagues, Mr. Burns has also been inducted into the National College for DUI Defense.
How We Approach Cases
We are DUI Lawyers in Charleston SC. First, we start with the firm proposition that our clients are innocent and have been wrongfully charged with a crime. We think that outlook is important as it will guide our efforts when reviewing the State of South Carolina’s case against you. Just because you have been charged does not mean you are automatically going to be convicted. The converse is often true despite public perception otherwise.Of course, each case is unique and turns on its own particular facts. However, it is important to note that the State of South Carolina has the entire burden of proof on every issue. Prosecutors and police have to convict you by convincing all six (6) or twelve (12) jurors unanimously of your guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt.” That is a pretty high bar to reach. Our job as DUI defense attorneys is to find areas in the State’s evidence where we can create reasonable doubt. We will be specifically looking for instances where the police did not follow procedure and committed legal error. The point is you should not assume you are going to be convicted. SC DUI laws are fair, and we have lots of defenses available under our system.
How We Prepare and Defend Cases
There are a significant number of law firms in the Charleston SC area that market for DUI , DUAC, and BUI cases. However, a closer review will reveal their actual experience in handling these complex cases varies dramatically. Our law firm primary focus is DUI, DUAC, and BUI arrests, and we employ a team approach in evaluating and developing individualized defenses in each case. Because every arrest scenario is unique, each case has different factors to consider. One constant, however, always remains the same. We always prepare to go to trial. The only thing that will stop us is the State of South Carolina makes you an offer you decide to accept after our consultation. We are not a DUI firm that seeks a “reckless driving” plea. Such an option may turn out to be the best resolution, but that is not our initial goal. Instead, we carefully investigate every aspect, including all video (roadside and breathalyzer room), officer notes, as well as potential witnesses. While evaluating for legal challenges, we also examine how a jury might view the video evidence at trial. How our client appears on the police video often makes the difference between a conviction and an acquittal. We are there to highlght those areas where our client does not appear impaired and to explain away those areas which may mimick impairment. There are many behaviors that can be easily confused with alcohol or drug impairment. If someone has been in an accident, there will look dazed and confused. Other medical considitions, like diabetes, can also appear to be impairment if no other explanation is offered. Once a comprehensive review of all evidence has been completed, we then sit down with you and present our evaluation as well as options and recommendations. We answer all of your questions. And then, the decision of how to proceed is yours – always. You remain in control of your case at every stage. We just advise and suggest courses of action.
We Will Call You Back
One of the biggest complaints against all businesses, but especially lawyers, is that they never return calls once you hire them. We practice our profession a different way. You are our client and are important to us. We honor the trust you have placed in our firm and will work to preserve that relationship. We want your loyalty and recommendations in the future. Return calls may come later that evening, but they will be returned, usually the same day. We are also available through emails. We can respond to emails even if we are sitting in court waiting for our case to be called. More routine matters can be addressed by our paralegal staff. But sometimes, clients want to speak directly with their attorney. They are worried and anxious. If they could only get a few answers, they would feel better and sleep well. Just a few minutes on the phone can make all the difference. That’s why our clients have our personal mobile phone numbers and direct emails. We make ourselves available, in the evenings, on weekends, and even on holidays, to deal with your concerns. Great service is more than just a pledge to us. It’s the way we practice law.
For answers to your questions now, you can reach us directly by calling Robert Reeves at 843-901-0380 or contact the Charleston office at this link. You can also email Robert@RJRlaw.com. We look forward to seeing what can be done to help you.
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