DUI Administrative Hearings
Richland County DUI Administrative Suspension Hearing Attorney
Were you arrested for drunk driving in Columbia or the surrounding area? Are you now facing a Richland County DUI administrative suspension hearing? A lawyer experienced in the defense of DUI/DWI charges and related administrative matters is key to protecting your driving privileges.
I am criminal defense attorney David B. Tarr. I have more than 15 years of experience defending the rights and privileges of clients throughout South Carolina. I know how to provide you the representation you need to ensure that you are able to drive pending the outcome of your case.
Administrative Hearings Are Not the Same As Criminal Court Hearings
Most often, individuals who are charged with DUI/DWI do not understand that they must participate in two separate systems. While most people are familiar with the criminal charges and court hearings that come along with a drunk driving charge, they do not understand that the state also takes an interest in suspending driving privileges through a separate administrative hearing process held by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
I have the experience and knowledge required to represent you in both hearings. I understand the strict timelines you are facing and what needs to be filed where to ensure all aspects of your charge are handled efficiently.
DUIs and Automatic Driver's License Suspension
In certain situations, the state may enforce an automatic driver's license suspension against you. This most often occurs:
- If you refuse a breath test or any other test you are asked to give
- If you take a test and you blow .15 or higher
In the first instance, you will automatically lose your driving privileges for six months. In the second, your license is suspended for 30 days.
However, it is still possible for you to obtain an administrative driver's license that provides for restricted driving privileges. You need someone with the knowledge and skill to request a hearing and fight for you. It is important to understand that, while you may be eligible for a restricted license, you will be required to install an ignition interlock device at your own expense and pay maintenance fees.
Contact Me, an Experienced Columbia DMV Hearing Lawyer
The sooner you contact me, the sooner I can begin the DUI administrative hearing process so you do not lose your driver's license. Contact my Columbia law firm, the Law Office of David B. Tarr, LLC, to schedule your free initial consultation today. You can reach me locally in Columbia at 803-753-1824 or call me toll free across the state at 866-959-4706.