Town of Lexington DUI Cases
The Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, is very active in defending
clients charged with DUI by the Town of Lexington Police Department. Attorney
James Snell is the past-president of the Lexington County Bar Association,
and has experience in representing clients charged with DUI and companion
offenses in the town court.
Obtain Our Free DUI Defense Report
If you or a loved one has been charged with any
DUI offense in or around the Town of Lexington it is important that you understand
the charge and available legal options. For this reason Attorney James
R. Snell, Jr., has written a free report that is available for download
that contains the information that you need to know before any court date.
You can request your
free copy here.
Town of Lexington Court Procedures
All Town of Lexington DUI arrests are made by the Town of Lexington Police
Department. You know your case is here if your ticket says the court address
is 111 Maiden Lane. If you were arrested outside the Town of Lexington
your case may be referred instead to the
Lexington DUI Court.
When someone is arrested by the Town of Lexington they will first be taken
to the Lexington County Jail, located at 521 Gibson Road. This is where
they will be offered a breath test and will be held for bond court. Normally
defendants are held for a minimum of 10-12 hours before being released.
You will be given a court date, usually set in just a couple of weeks.
This is for a bench trial, which is an opportunity for defendants to plead
guilty or to have the judge immediately decide the case (before the defense
has an opportunity to obtain or review the evidence). For a variety of
reasons we do not recommend that our clients who would like to be found
not-guilty or receive a reduction in their charge (such as to reckless
driving) appear on that date.
Once we are retained we will immediately notify the court that you are
contesting your case. This will cancel the initial court date, meaning
that you don’t have to miss work or school that day. We will also
file discovery motions to request the information we need from the police
department to assist in reviewing your case and preparing your defense.
What Happens Next
After we receive the information from our discovery requests our office
will make a copy of all materials received and send them to you for your
review. Next, our DUI lawyers will begin the evaluation process, to identify
both the strengths and weaknesses in the case.
James R. Snell, Jr., and at least one additional lawyer from our firm will
review everything in your case from the activation of the officer’s
blue lights through the administration (or refusal) of any breath, blood,
or urine test. The lawyers in our office who conduct DUI reviews are members
of the National College of DUI Defense and have completed a course of
study in DUI Detection & Field Sobriety Testing using the NHTSA curriculum
(the same curriculum that police officers are trained to follow).
Our lawyers will review your case separately, and then confer to make sure
that nothing has slipped through the cracks. Next we will schedule an
appointment to have you meet with us in person (or by telephone if you
are from out of the area or have scheduling difficulties). This way you
will be prepared to decide if you would like to pursue any available plea-bargains
(such as a reduction in charge), or if you would like to contest your
case in court. Our policy is that if your DUI is not dismissed or reduced
to your satisfaction, then we will not hesitate to fight it in court.
Frequently Asked Questions on DUI
How quickly can I get my license back?
If your license was suspended as a result of any breath test or refusing
a urine or blood test we can help you get your license back. This is accomplished
by filing a request with the Office of Motor Vehicle Hearings in Columbia.
We will have an employee hand-carry your petition so that it can be processed
as quickly as possible. Depending on what time you retain our office this
can even be prepared and submitted the same day we are hired. This can
result in you being eligible for an unrestricted Temporary Alcohol License
in just a few days.
Can a Town of Lexington DUI be reduced?
Yes. Depending on the circumstances of your arrest your charges may be
eligible to be reduced. In the past several years we have had cases in
this court reduced to reckless driving, or other moving or non-moving
offenses. DUI charges are normally reduced after the case has been evaluated
by our office, and we have discussed the specifics with the prosecutor.
Can you help with other charges received such as open container or marijuana?
Yes. We normally can include charges made as part of the DUI arrest for
no additional fee. These charges can either be negotiated as part of the
DUI case, or can be challenged in court if not otherwise dismissed or
reduced to your satisfaction.
Can I get PTI for DUI in the Town of Lexington?
No. South Carolina state law specifically prohibits obtaining PTI for a
DUI charge. There is no exception for a first-time offense.
If I hire you for my DUI can you guarantee I won’t be convicted?
No. Although this office has achieved dismissals, not-guilty verdicts,
and reductions in many DUI cases, past-results should not create an expectation
for new clients. Additionally any lawyer that ever promises or guarantees
a specific result for a criminal case is not being honest. Everyone charged
with DUI, no matter what lawyer is hired, is at risk of a DUI conviction.
What we can do is promise to fight for you in court if your case is not
dismissed or reduced to your satisfaction.