Scheduling a DMV Hearing after a DUI Arrest in South Carolina

If you have recently been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in Lexington, South Carolina, you may have been issued a "Notice of Suspension" at the time of your arrest. This notice is intended to inform you that your license will be temporarily suspended if you do not take the appropriate steps to contest the action. If, for example, you refused to submit to a chemical test at the request of a law enforcement officer, you could be facing the revocation of your driving privileges for a period of six months. If you submitted to a breath test and it was discovered that your blood alcohol concentration was .15% or higher, your license will be suspended for a minimum of 30 days. This particular penalty is separate from those that may be waged against you after the conclusion of your criminal trial.

By moving quickly to schedule a hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles, however, you will have the opportunity to contest the suspension of your driver's license—regardless of the of the outcome of any criminal proceedings. The DMV could choose to uphold the suspension even if you are found innocent, in regard to your DUI charges, so this is a step that should not be disregarded. First, it is important to get in touch with a Lexington criminal defense attorney from the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC as soon as you have been issued a Notice of Suspension. From there, our firm will be able to request a hearing on your behalf and build a case to present in your favor. We will be looking strictly at the circumstances under which you were arrested, including factors like:

  • Your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in regard to the legal limits of the state
  • Whether or not the law enforcement officer had probable cause to stop you
  • How the breath test was administered & the validity of the results
  • How law enforcement officer handled the arrest / Miranda warning

If we discover any inconsistencies over the course of our investigation, in regard to the aforementioned factors of your arrest, we will move quickly to address them at your DMV hearing. We will take every necessary step to ensure that your rights are not violated and that you are able to retain your driving privileges, so we encourage you to contact our firm as soon as possible. The initial consultation is free when you call us at (888) 301-6004, so take the first step today. The dedicated legal team at the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC looks forward to hearing about your case soon.

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