Our Credentials and Backgrounds
Attorney Robert Reeves has been a practicing trial lawyer in both civil and criminal courts for the past 25 years. He now applies his considerable litigation skills to defending those persons arrested for DUI and DUAC. In addition to being a member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 and National College for DUI Defense, Mr. Reeves has earned certificates from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) for DWI Investigation, Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE). These courses are the same training that police officers undergo. The first certificate allows Mr. Reeves to challenge the procedure used in conducting roadside testing. If the officer does not administer the tests as required, the results are deemed to be invalid and can be a challenge to whether an arrest was proper. The ARIDE course deals with drug based impairment, whether by prescription, illegal or other drugs that can affect the ability to drive safely. This training involves significant anatomy and physiology. As Mr. Reeves is a former Registered Nurse (RN), he is able to fully appreciate and argue whether particular drugs will cause impairment and what should be present on testing. Mr. Reeves is a member of the National College for DUI Defense.
Thomas W. Holland Sr. (email@example.com)
Mr. Holland is a practicing trial attorney with over 20 years litigation experience. He is licensed in both South Carolina and Virginia. He began his law career as a South Carolina prosecutor. He has served as an Assistant Solicitor with the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit (Union County), as a violent crime prosecutor with the Sixth Judicial Circuit, and as Lancaster City Solicitor. Mr. Holland has also been appointed to be a Special Assistant United States Attorney and was General Counsel for the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. In addition to his private practice, he also teaches at the University of South Carolina (Lancaster campus) as an Adjunct Instructor in Criminal Justice courses such as Criminal Procedure and Policing/Criminal Courts. From his years as a criminal prosecutor, he now employs his litigation skills to aggressively defend those persons facing DUI charges in York County.
Arrested for DUI in Rock Hill SC ?
First, let’s start with the fact that being arrested does NOT mean you are guilty or are going to be convicted. Arrest does not mean conviction. The State of South Carolina must prove you guilty on all counts beyond a reasonable doubt. DUI laws in South Carolina are tough but fair. To prove their case, the State has to show three (3) elements: (1) driving, (2) in the county where charged, and (3) a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or greater. In cases where there is no BAC level, you must be shown to be materially and appreciably impaired. That’s where our firm comes in. We are DUI defense attorneys here in Rock Hill SC. We tell you more about us further down the page. For now, let’s look at how you got here.
Life can change pretty quickly. One moment you out at dinner with friends. You have a few drinks or beers and get ready to head home. You feel fine to drive. You think you’re alright to get behind the wheel. Then, on the way home, you come up on a checkpoint or get stopped for turning too abruptly. You see the blue lights so you pull over to the curb. You’re a little nervous but still feel like everything will be ok. The officer walks up to your car and you put down your window. As soon as the police smell alcohol, a routine stop or checkpoint will then turn into a full investigation for driving under the influence or DUI. Next, the officer will ask you if you’ve been drinking and then direct you to exit the vehicle. Once outside, you will be requested to attempt to perform “field sobriety tests.” If you answer the questions, you are just incriminating yourself. If you refuse, you know what will happen. If you try to do these roadside tests, you will most likely fail as they are difficult no matter what. If you refuse, the same outcome is going to occur. Once stopped and you have alcohol on your breath, you are going to be arrested and placed in handcuffs whether you cooperate or refuse. It really does not matter at that point. The best course is just to politely decline all requests,including the breathalyzer when you get to the police station. By the time most people read this page, they have already made those choices and are looking for an experienced DUI attorney. As we will explain further below, we are a firm dedicated to defending those persons charged with DUI or DUAC in Rock Hill SC. We would be honored to be considered as your lawyer. First, we will list out our credentials and then explain how we do our job if you hire us. We offer the following information for your review. After you have compared our lawyers with other firms, please call for a personal consultation.
What We Do If You Hire Us
If you choose to retain our firm, here is how we do our job. First, we request a jury trial because we are big believers in the fairness of a jury and because we love to try cases. Of course, the decision to go to trial or accept a plea offer is always yours. But, our willingness to go all the way if needed is one of our strongest advantages. The next thing we do is request all of the State’s evidence including all video. In SC, we typically get a great deal of video evidence that shows the stop, initial contact, performance of field sobriety tests, arrest, reading of Miranda warnings. We also get to see in effective real time all proceedings in the BAC breath testing room. Seeing is believing, and a picture is indeed worth a thousand words. Many DUI cases “make or break” on what is seen on video. After we evaluate the evidence, we then provide you with options and recommendations. If there are any plea offers, we will go over the pros and cons of that option as well. In the end, after our thorough review and counsel, you will decide how to proceed with your case.
How to Choose a Rock Hill DUI Lawyer
When looking for any attorney, you will find lots of potential choices. However, if you look a little closer and carefully examine the actual credentials and experience of each Rock Hill DUI attorney, the field narrows substantially. We encourage potential clients to do their research. Everyone “knows” a lawyer, but it is better to find out as much as you can before assuming anything. Next, we suggest that you actually interview several firms and meet with lawyers in person. Those firms who refer you to a paralegal or “intake person” should be dismissed. If it’s not worth the lawyer’s time, they are not worth yours. In the end, after you have critically evaluated several lawyers, you should go with the best attorney in whom you have the most confidence and with whom you feel the most at ease. We would greatly appreciate an opportunity to personally meet with you and a chance to go over the particulars of your case. Call 803-554-4157 or email Robert@RJRlaw.com today for a private consultation. We look forward to helping you and your family.