Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
Being charged with a DUI can be an overwhelming situation. The complexity of the law makes it difficult to understand your rights and can leave you unsure of the right approach to secure the best possible outcome. Furthermore, a DUI charge is devastating to your driving rights.
When charged with a DUI, the most important step is to attain legal advice immediately. An experienced, knowledgeable DUI attorney will help you navigate the judicial system and will fight to reduce or eliminate penalties where possible. Marcelo Torricos and the DUI attorneys at Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey have experience with DUI cases in Greenville County and surrounding area courts.
What Am I Facing?
South Carolina takes DUI charges seriously and even first-time offense DUIs can carry severe penalties.
If convicted of a first offense DUI in Greenville, SC, you could face:
- Up to 90 days in jail
- Fines up to $1,000 plus court fees
- Driver’s license suspension for six months
- Mandatory drug and alcohol counseling
- An increase in your insurance premiums to reinstate your license
- A permanent criminal record that may limit your ability to enter some foreign countries, drive a company vehicle, or future employment
In addition, many employers will terminate your employment if convicted of DUI. When facing subsequent DUI charges within 10 years of your first offense, the penalties increase to mandatory jail terms and increased fines.
DUI charges are no joke, and each case is unique. The DUI attorneys at Bannister, Wyatt & Stavley will work with you to explain your rights and potential options to move forward for the best possible outcome in your case.
What Do I Do Next?
You have the right to appeal the automatic license suspension, but you have to act quickly. You have 30 days from the date of your arrest to request a hearing with the South Carolina DMV to avoid automatic suspension.
Skilled and aggressive, Marcelo and the DUI attorneys at Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey are here to fight for you. We will review the details of your case and work on a defense to protect your rights and your future. A DUI arrest does not mean a DUI conviction. The details of your case could minimize the penalties or lead to an outright dismissal of charges.
We Are Here To Help
Marcello Torricos is an attorney with the Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey law firm located in Greenville, S.C. A team of award-winning attorneys, Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey provide skilled, professional and tailored legal advice in the areas of personal injury law, criminal law, family law and real estate law.
Our attorneys are routinely recognized as industry leaders, and many have received regional and national acclaim from prestigious institutions, including Best Lawyers of America, Super Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Trial Lawyers Listings, and LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated distinctions.
As a member of this experienced legal team, Marcelo can couple his expertise in DUI defense with that of fellow attorneys to work collectively on your behalf.
Immigration and DUI Charges in South Carolina
DUI arrests, DUI charges, and DUI convictions may influence your immigration status in the United States. After an arrest, your fingerprints and photo will be supplied to the national database, and can remain on your permanent record. This record is referenced every time you apply for an immigration benefit and the presence of a criminal conviction, including a DUI conviction, could result in denial of immigration benefits, including reentry into the United States and deportation.
If you are an immigrant in the United States facing DUI charges, we encourage you to contact an experienced DUI attorney who will carefully review your case and work with you to develop the best possible defense to minimize the impact of the charges.
Marcelo Torricos speaks Spanish and will work with you on the specifics of your case with the goal of minimizing its impact on your immigration status. We invite you to give him a call today at (864) 679-3213 or complete our Contact Us form online.