The Criminal Defense DUI Attorneys of Reeves Aiken Hightower & Burns LLP
How We Do Our Job
The criminal defense lawyers of Reeves Aiken Hightower & Burns LLP are experienced litigators who are always ready to go to trial if that is in their client’s best interests. In every DUI case or other criminal charge, the process is the same. First, we request a jury trial and then subpoena the State’s evidence, including all available video evidence. Then, when we receive same, our lawyers carefully and thoroughly review every aspect of your case looking for legal error and/or police procedural error. From the beginning of the investigation, we determine if the police had “reasonable suspicion” to stop you. Next, we look at how the officer conducted the investigation to develop “probable cause” to arrest you. And, finally, we critically analyze whether there are any legal issues with your case that will allow us to file Motions with the court to suppress evidence or, in certain situation, dismiss your case altogether. That is the goal in every case we take. Dismissal. We are not criminal lawyers who start with the idea that we have to negotiate a plea. Only after we review all of the evidence and are satisfied that a plea offer may be in our client’s best interests do we have that discussion. We prefer to win cases if possible because that ultimately is what you are hiring us to try to do. Quick money and quick plea deals are not how we practice our profession. We will work very hard to do our best for you. We know you are counting on us and honor the trust you have placed in our firm.
Our Criminal DUI Attorneys
Robert J. Reeves 803-554-4157 Robert@RJRlaw.com
Attorney Robert Reeves is a veteran trial lawyer with 25 years experience litigating cases in both civil and criminal courts. Even after all of this time, Mr. Reeves still enjoys being in court and going to trial if that is in his client’s best interests. He prides himself on being personally available to his clients to give them answers and reassurance when they need him. Every client has his personal cell phone number and direct email address. Mr. Reeves is a strong advocate for those wrongfully charged with DUI, DUAC, BUI, and felony DUI. He has undergone and completed the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) courses in DWI Investigation and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. He has also taken the drug based impairment course Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE). Mr. Reeves is a proud member and supporter of the National College for DUI Defense and South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a former Registered Nurse (RN) who understands and can explain human physiology principles relating to how alcohol is absorbed and processed by the body. He is also familiar with prescription and other drug based impairment, including toxicology and other medical tests used to try to prove impairment. Mr. Reeves has also been recognized by his peers and is a member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 and Super Lawyers. He now devotes his trial skills to defending SC DUI and NC DWI cases statewide througout South Carolina and in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Arthur K. Aiken 803-799-5205 Art@AikenandHightower.com
Attorney Art Aiken is a seasoned trial litigator also with 25 years experience resolving civil and criminal cases in both State and Federal courts. He is licensed to practice throughout South Carolina in all courts and has argued numerous appeals before the South Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Mr. Aiken handles complex federal court cases as well as DUI charges. He graduated in 1989 from the University of South Carolina School of Law where he was in the top 10%. He is a member of the honorary Order of the Coif. After two and a half decades of practice, Mr. Aiken has achieved recognition by his peers in both his civil and criminal practices. He is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and National Trial Lawyers Top 100. He is also a supporter and inductee of the National College for DUI Defense.
Mr. Aiken will work tirelessly to fully develop all available defenses after a comprehensive review of the State or Federal government’s evidence against you. Only after he has completed his thorough review wll he guide you on whether to go to trial or consider a plea offer. Mr. Aiken will fully explain the law, what is required to convict you, what defenses you can assert, and what your best options are in your particular situation. He will answer all of your questions so that the decision you make is based on full information and his prudent guidance. Mr. Aiken practices statewide throughout South Carolina, and his office is based in Columbia.
J. Tyler Burns 803-579-4492 Tyler@RJRlaw.com
Attorney Tyler Burns is a former SC DUI prosecutor. He was an Assistant Solicitor with the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit (York County and Union County). While there, he received extensive training by the State on how to develop and prosecute all crimes but was assigned early in his career to the DUI team. As part of that experience, Mr. Burns helped to train police officers on how to properly investigate and present evidence at trial in DUI cases. While he enjoyed his time at the Solicitor’s Office, Mr. Burns now proudly defends those individuals wrongfully charged with a criminal offense. As when he was a prosecutor, Mr. Burns can readily defend any type of crime, from property crimes, drug related charges, all the way to murder, he focuses his criminal defense practice to DUI, DUAC, BUI, and Felony DUI arrests. Mr. Burns has completed certification training by NHTSA in DWI Investigation and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing and the Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) courses. He is also a proud member and supporter of the National College for DUI Defense. Mr. Burns is an accomplished trial attorney and has taken many criminal cases to verdict. He is aggressive in court and is not afraid to fight for his clients if that is in their best intersts. Of course, where the State has a stronger case, he will enter into plea negotiations and then present all options to his client for consideration. After he has answered all questions and concerns, his client is then in the best position to make an informed decision of what to do. Mr. Burns will guide you through the process and make recommendations. You can then decide whether you want to go to trial or accept a plea. You remain in control of your case. Don’t worry. We will be there for you to the end.
DUI Record and Expungement
Although a misdemeanor, being charged with “drunk driving” is a very serious offense. Even if it is your first one and you did not cause an accident or injure anyone, the stigma and long-term consequences are quite harsh. If convicted or you agree to plead guilty, you will lose your license and can potentially lose your job. You will also find it very difficult to be able to get reasonable automobile insurance rates. A DUI or DWI conviction will be on your permanent criminal record. There are currently no options available to ever have this removed or expunged, even years or decades later. This is why it is so important to consult with an experienced DUI attorney to see what defense may apply and what options may be available to you. The consultation is free, but a careful review of your particular circumstances could mean the difference in the outcome of your case. We know this is a tough time in your life. It’s difficult to make good decisions when you’re under so much stress and anxiety. Meet with several attorneys and then hire the one who gives you the best feeling and puts you at ease. You’ll get through this ordeal. Together, we can make the process a little easier.
DUI Attorney Videos:
- Our Approach to DUI Defense: the Former Prosecutor’s Perspective
- Breathalyzer Accuracy: DUI Defense Attorney Tyler Burns’ Take
- The Importance of SC DUI Incident Site Videos
In South Carolina, we represent individuals statewide, but primarily those charged in York County (Fort Mill, Tega Cay, Indian Land, Lake Wylie, Clover, Rock Hill), Lancaster County, Richland County (Columbia, West Columbia, Blythewood), Lexington County, and Chester County. In North Carolina, we service all of Mecklenburg County (Charlotte, Pineville, Lake Norman, Huntersville).
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