Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

Mr. O’Neill has prosecuted, defended and presided over hundreds and hundreds of DUI cases. The DUI Law in South Carolina, which is set forth in the South Carolina Code at Section 56-5-2930, et seq. is extremely strict and enforcement is at an all-time high. Being stopped for DUI can result in the administrative suspension of your driver’s license for refusing to take the breath test, if you take the test, for having a result greater than .15 percent. Additionally, a conviction for DUI can result in a long-term suspension of your driving privileges, substantial fines and the possibility of a jail sentence.

If you are charged with DUI, regardless of the apparent hopelessness of the situation do not give up. It is our experience that there is room for improvement in almost every case. Do not attempt to resolve the matter yourself. Contact Dennis E. O’Neill immediately at (843) 884-9494.

Consequences of a DUI Arrest

DUI laws are constantly changing and have become, more severe in the past 12 months. Even a first-time DUI offense in South Carolina can lead to a fine of up to $1,000, loss of driving privileges and a jail sentence. The penalties greatly increase for subsequent offenses. A second conviction can result in three years imprisonment, and a third offense could lead to a five-year jail sentence and driving license suspension for four years. This does not include the thousands of dollars of fines and other assessments one also pays as a result of a conviction.

There are collateral consequences to a DUI conviction as well. College students may lose scholarships. Members of the military may face loss of rank or even discharge from the service. Professionals may lose their licenses. Regardless of the apparent hopelessness of a DUI charge, it is our view that everyone charged with Driving Under the Influence should promptly consult an attorney before making any decisions. There is almost always room for improvement and with 40 years of experience, Mr. O’Neill can assist you in even the most difficult of cases.

South Carolina Traffic Laws

Attorney Dennis E. O’Neill has prosecuted DUI cases throughout Charleston County and has defended hundreds of DUI cases in the City of Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, North Charleston, Folly Beach, Ravenel, Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, McClellanville, Awendaw, Goose Creek, Hanahan, Moncks Corner, Summerville, and Ladson.

Contact us for a consultation on your DUI, DUAC, or other serious traffic violation as soon as possible. Contact Dennis E. O’Neill at the O’Neill Law Firm, LLC, at (843) 884-9494. His office is located in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, three miles from the base of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, less than 10 minutes from the heart of Downtown Charleston.