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Will your DUI charge be dismissed if the officer doesn't show up for court?

There are many recurring myths on how to best beat a South Carolina DUI charge. One common one is that police officer’s don’t usually go to court, resulting in an automatic dismissal. ...
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Do you have a right to take a blood test?

Almost everyone who is arrested for DUI is taken to the police station for a breathalyzer test. A lot of people wonder though if they have a right to go to the hospital or other medical facility to ...
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Does South Carolina Have a Wet Reckless Law?

In many states drunk driving charges can be reduced to a wet reckless. You may be wondering if this plea bargain is available in South Carolina. A wet reckless law serves as a major traffic violation, ...
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How do the police know if they should arrest someone for DUI?

In South Carolina our DUI law makes it illegal to drive while impaired. Breathalyzer or other tests for alcohol or drugs aren’t available to police until after they have decided to make an ...
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Mouthwash DUI Cases

Did you know that many regularly available mouthwashes contain a high quantity of ethanol alcohol? Ethanol alcohol is the same type of alcohol contained in beer, wine, or liquor. It is also called ...
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Defending an Ambien DUI

South Carolina’s DUI law allows for cases to be brought on the basis of alcohol, drugs, or combination. The only requirement is that a driver be “materially and appreciably ...
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What If Your Miranda Rights Weren’t Read?

If you were not advised or Miranda rights while being arrested for a South Carolina DUI, this can be grounds to have your case dismissed. Pursuant to S. C. Code § 56-5-2953(A)(1)(a)(iii), the ...
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Are they just going to offer you a reckless?

If you’ve been charged with DUI you probably are very interested in whether or not you will be offered a plea to a reduced charge. Probably the most commonly used reduction for a South Carolina ...
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Lawyers Complete ARIDE Training

We are pleased to announce that lawyers Vicki Koutsogiannis and James R. Snell, Jr., have recently completed a course of training based on the Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) ...
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Five Things You Might Not Know About DUI Law

You already know that DUI is a really serious criminal offenses. There are billboards all over Columbia and Lexington telling you that its “Sober or Slammer”, “Buzzed Driving is ...
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Recent Lexington County DUI Checkpoints & Advertising Blitz

This is the time of year when local law enforcement agencies ramp up their enforcement of DUI and other traffic laws. In Lexington, the "official" Highway Patrol kickoff for the holiday ...
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Can You Be Charged with DUI Based on Another Motorists *HP Call?

A common pre-cursor to a DUI arrest is that another motorist called in our client’s vehicle alleging that they thought it was a possible drunk driver. We are frequently asked whether or not this ...
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Insurance Settlement No Longer Protection Against Restitution

The South Carolina Court of Appeals issued a recent decision holding that settlement of a civil claim isn’t necessarily enough to protect against a criminal court ordering restitution. This ...
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Can you get a DUI after taking your prescriptions?

Many people believe that if they are taking medication prescribed by their doctor that this is some sort of defense against a DUI charge. Unfortunately, this is not true and in fact it is the exact ...
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What are the first things that anyone arrested for DUI needs to do?

The first think you need to do is make sure you understand both deadlines that initially apply to your case. Many DUI charges are actually two separate cases, and when a deadline is missed in either ...
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Who is charged with DUI? Are they all guilty?

There are two things that I can say with definite certainty about DUI defense law: There is no “type” of person who is more or less likely to be charged with DUI. Many people who are ...
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Will you automatically lose your license if arrested for DUI in South Carolina?

One of the most common questions that I receive is whether or not a driver's license will be suspended by virtue of a South Carolina DUI arrest. The first thing to understand is that an arrest ...
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Arrested for DUI over the Memorial weekend?

A three day holiday weekend is a great opportunity to spend time with friends and family. You might have felt that you were fine to drive, but still have yourself pulled over, and arrested for DUI. ...
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Reducing a DUI to Reckless Driving

DUI arrests and convictions are an important metric for the area of law enforcement and prosecutors. Although they know that many DUI cases are not solid, they still want to obtain convictions the ...
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James Snell Acquires DataMaster Breath Testing Machine

The Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC is excited to announce that we have recently acquired a DataMaster breath testing machine, which is the tool used by law enforcement agencies throughout ...
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Attorney James Snell Completes DUI Detection Program

James R. Snell, Jr., the Lexington DUI defense attorney at our firm, is committed to providing his clients with the best possible defense against their drunk driving charges. For this reason, he ...
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How much true information is available online about South Carolina DUI law?

One of the common things I run into when meeting with a DUI defendant is their understanding of or questions regarding information they have found on the Internet. While there is a lot of information, ...
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Refusing a Breathalyzer Test in South Carolina

In Lexington, South Carolina, all drivers are subject to the implied consent laws of the state. This means that they cannot refuse to submit to a chemical test if a law enforcement officer suspects ...
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July 4th DUI Patrols in Lexington County

Every year law enforcement visibly steps ups its enforcement of DUI and BUI laws throughout South Carolina, including in Lexington and Columbia. Many officers, including ones who have regular desk ...
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How much does a DUI defense lawyer cost?

Many times people who have been arrested for DUI are worried about the cost to hire a DUI defense attorney. They wonder if they can afford an attorney, and if hiring one is worth the cost. Being ...
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