If you have been charged with a crime in South Carolina, you need to remember at all times that you have rights that are protected by state and federal law. It is important to connect with a skilled and experienced Manning criminal defense attorney as soon as possible in order to make sure those rights are fully protected.
We know how frightening and intimidating it can be to face criminal charges. However, you can count on us to be at your side, bringing more than 120 years of combined legal experience to your case.
We can meet with you right away at our office in Manning or another location such as the Clarendon County Detention Center. We will review the facts of your case, help you to understand what lies ahead and explain the role we can play in seeking the best result possible.
Our Criminal Defense Lawyers Handle Speeding Tickets and Other Traffic Offenses
If you were ticketed for speeding or another traffic violation, you may be tempted to simply admit guilt and pay your ticket at the clerk’s office or online. However, this may not be the best option for you.
A speeding ticket can add points to your driver’s license record. This could potentially jeopardize your livelihood if you are a commercial driver. It can also cause your insurance premiums to spike.
A traffic violation attorney from Land, Parker & Welch, P.A., can help you to explore other options. Those options may include:
- Enrolling in the Traffic Education Program – Depending on your record, you may be eligible to participate in this program and, in turn, have your ticket dismissed.
- Reducing your charge – The solicitor’s office may allow you to plead guilty to a traffic offense that will result in fewer points on your record.
- Contesting the speeding ticket – The State’s case against you may have many problems, including the fact that a radar gun used to clock your speed may not have been properly maintained.
In most cases, we can resolve your case without the need for you to appear in court. Whatever you do – do not ignore your ticket. If you fail to appear in court, you would likely face an additional misdemeanor charge. Our criminal law attorneys can help you.
We Can Help If You Were Charged with a South Carolina DUI or DUAC
If you are charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving with an Unlawful Alcohol Concentration (DUAC) in Manning or elsewhere in South Carolina, you could face serious consequences. You could:
- Lose your driver’s license
- Have your vehicle confiscated
- Pay court costs and fines
- Go to jail for an extended period
- Be ordered to perform community service
- Be required to enroll in alcohol and drug counseling
How a DUI Lawyer Can Help
Your DUI lawyer from Land, Parker & Welch, P.A., can provide a solid defense strategy based on the facts of your case. For instance, your lawyer can:
- Seek to have evidence excluded – We may be able to file a pretrial motion to suppress blood, breath or urine tests if you were subjected to an unlawful stop or if other violations of your rights occurred.
- Negotiate a plea agreement – You can count on our lawyers to be honest with you about the pros and cons of entering a plea or going to trial. If you opt to enter a plea, we can work with the solicitor’s office and pursue an arrangement that best serves your interests.
- Challenge the State’s evidence – We can cross-examine the State’s witnesses and present evidence on your behalf that can cast reasonable doubt on your guilt.
- Argue for lenient punishment – Even if you are convicted of DUI or DUAC, we can present evidence that is aimed at minimizing your fines and keeping you out of jail.
You should know that, if you refused to consent to a blood, breath or urine test, or if your test registered a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15 or higher, the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) could immediately suspend your license for up to four months.
However, we can help you to request a DMV hearing, seek a Temporary Alcohol Restricted License for you while your hearing is pending and, ultimately, represent you at the hearing.
If you lose your license due to a DUI or DUAC conviction, our criminal law attorneys can help you to recover some of your driving privileges so that you can still get to work or school.
Our Other South Carolina Criminal Defense Practice Areas
Because of our extensive experience in South Carolina criminal defense law, we can represent clients in many other misdemeanor and felony cases, including:
- Drug crimes – Possession, sale, delivery, manufacture and trafficking charges for controlled substances such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin or opioids such as Vicodin
- Theft crimes – Petty larceny (such as shoplifting), felony larceny, embezzlement, bad checks, forgery and other offenses involving the taking of another’s property
- Property crimes – Burglary, breaking or entering, trespassing, vandalism, arson and other charges involving real property
- Gun crimes – Carrying a concealed weapon, possessing a firearm without a license or possessing a weapon despite having a felony conviction
- Sex crimes – Rape, sexual offenses, indecent liberties, solicitation, pornography and related offenses
- Violent crimes – Manslaughter, homicide, assault, aggravated assault, domestic violence and violations of domestic violence protective orders
- White collar crimes – Mortgage fraud, insurance fraud, tax fraud, tax evasion, racketeering or public corruption charges.
Our law firm can also help if you are facing a probation violation or seeking to appeal a judgment against you.
Contact a South Carolina Criminal Defense Attorney Today
You can count on Land, Parker & Welch, P.A., to protect your rights and seek a positive outcome in your traffic ticket, DUI / DUAC or other criminal defense cases. We will pay close attention to your goals and maintain steady communication with you throughout your case.
Sources / More Information:
- Clarendon County, South Carolina Judicial Department
- Solicitor’s Office, Third Judicial Circuit
- Title 16, Crimes and Offenses (Chapter 25, Criminal Domestic Violence), South Carolina Legislature
- Title 20, Domestic Relations (Chapter 4, Protections from Domestic Abuse), South Carolina Legislature
- Title 44, Health (Chapter 53, Poisons, Drugs and Other Controlled Substances), South Carolina Legislature
- Title 56, Motor Vehicles (Chapter 5, Uniform Act Regulating Traffic on Highways), South Carolina Legislature
- Title 56, Motor Vehicles (Chapter 7, Traffic Tickets), South Carolina Legislature