A charge of DUI first offense is a serious matter that can quickly make life complicated.
If convicted for driving under the influence, you face the possibility of a suspended driver's license, a fine, and even jail time. It's also common for the judge to require you attend a drug and alcohol treatment program, significantly increasing the financial strain of a DUI. However, depending on the specifics of your case, it may be possible to have your sentence reduced or even get your DUI charge thrown out.
Attorney David Tarr has defended numerous clients facing all levels of DUI charges, including DUI first offense. If you've been charged with a DUI first offense, call our office. We'll take time to discuss your case with you and help you determine your next steps.
Analysis of your potential defenses
We automatically review your DUI arrest for issues such as:
- whether the arresting officer had reasonable suspicion to pull you over;
- whether the arresting office properly administered the field sobriety test;
- whether the Breath Alcohol Concentration test is potentially inaccurate.
We take great care in reviewing these issues to determine if there are grounds to dismiss the charges against you.
Non-criminal Consequences for a First Time DUI Conviction
Aside from the criminal DUI penalties you face, there are other consequences that may affect you as well. Insurance companies regularly gather information on DUI arrests and convictions. As a result, your insurance costs will likely increase substantially. You will also have a criminal record, which could affect your employment opportunities or your current job if your employer has a zero-tolerance policy regarding criminal convictions. Additionally, you will face numerous administrative penalties with regard to your driving privileges
Focused Legal Advocacy for College Students and Their Parents
If you are a college student and you are convicted of a first time DUI, you could face expulsion from school and the loss of any federally funded grants or loans. Don't allow one mistake to hurt your future. Whether you are a student or the parent of a student, I am here to help you through this process and fight to keep this DUI charge off your record.
SR-22 Auto Insurance and DUI Convictions
In the state of South Carolina, if you are convicted of drunk driving you will be required to purchase and carry SR-22 insurance for a period of three years. Since it insures high-risk drivers that are typically unable to purchase auto insurance, premiums for SR-22 insurance are more expensive.
If you've been charged with DUI First Offense, we can help
If you’ve been arrested on a first time DUI charge, contact the Law Office of David B. Tarr online or call 803-238-7967 today to schedule your free initial consultation.