Myrtle Beach DUI & Felony DUI Defense Attorney
When you're facing DUI charges in South Carolina, you need a skilled and experienced defense attorney on your side. The consequences of a DUI conviction in this state can be particularly severe, making it essential to have strong legal representation. At the Chambers Law Firm, we are committed to providing the best defense for our clients.
Your Rights and the Importance of a Jury Trial
One of the key aspects of our approach is to request a jury trial in any criminal case involving DUI, DUAC, or felony DUI charges. This is because individuals who exercise their right to a jury trial tend to have a much lower probability of being convicted of DUI. Your future is at stake, and we are here to fight for your rights.
24 Years of DUI Defense Experience in Myrtle Beach
As a seasoned criminal defense attorney, Trent Chambers has effectively represented a large number of individuals charged with DUI, DUAC, and Felony DUI in the Myrtle Beach area over the past 24 years. He is dedicated to thoroughly investigating every aspect of your case, keeping you informed of its progress, and personally reviewing the evidence with you. Our goal is to make every effort to have your charge dismissed, and if that's not possible, we'll explore options for a plea to a less serious charge or take your case to trial.
DUI Driving with an Unlawful Alcohol Concentration Defense
In many cases, we can work to reduce a DUI charge to careless operation or reckless driving. If a trial is necessary, Mr. Chambers will work with you directly to prepare you for the trial. The penalties for DUI convictions in South Carolina vary depending on the blood alcohol reading, with more severe penalties for readings of .16 or higher. Furthermore, the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles may suspend your driving privileges and require you to enroll in an alcohol and drug safety program for license reinstatement.
In South Carolina, a person over the age of 18 can be charged with child endangerment if there are passengers under the age of 16 in the vehicle and the driver violates the state's DUI, DUAC, Felony DUI, or Failure to Stop for a Blue Light Statutes. Child endangerment carries penalties that are generally one-half of the penalties for the triggering charge and a 60-day driver's license suspension.
Myrtle Beach / Horry County Felony DUI Lawyer
Felony DUI charges often result from accidents where individuals have suffered great bodily injury or death. The penalties for felony DUI are substantially more severe than those for a regular DUI. In such cases, the State must prove that the person charged was under the influence and also committed an act forbidden by law or neglected a duty imposed by law. Trust our experience to guide you through this challenging legal process.
Administrative Hearing and License Reinstatement
If your license has been suspended due to refusal to take the Datamaster or because of a reading of .15 or higher, you have the right to request an administrative hearing within 30 days. Mr. Chambers can not only defend your DUI charge but also represent you at the administrative hearing. This could make you eligible for a temporary license. For those who refuse to take the Datamaster, there is a possible six-month suspension. If you chose to take the Datamaster and blew over .15, then there is a 30-day possible suspension. In both cases, the state requires an alcohol assessment and classes before your license can be reinstated.
If you need legal representation for DUI, DUAC, Felony DUI, or Child Endangerment charges in Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Conway, Surfside Beach, or Georgetown, South Carolina, don't hesitate to contact The Chambers Law Firm at 843-692-7953 to schedule a free consultation.