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Mistakes Drivers Make in Drunk Driving Cases

Learn how to make smart decisions if you're stopped for drunk driving

When a police officer pulls you over for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, it's hard to know sometimes what you need to do to avoid getting arrested. And to make matters worse, some police officers don't fully explain your rights. That's why it's so easy for many drivers to make mistakes that result in being charged with DUI.

We understand how confusing and overwhelming DUI charges can be. That's why we want to help. Attorney Matt Bodman has dedicated his career to fighting for the rights of people facing such charges in the Columbia area and throughout South Carolina. A former assistant solicitor, he fully understands the law and knows your rights - and he'll fight to protect them.

Attorney Bodman also knows many of the mistakes people make in drunk driving cases. That's why he wants to share his knowledge with you. Everyone makes mistakes. But that doesn't mean you should have to pay the consequences for years or perhaps even the rest of your life.  Contact our law firm and find out how we can help you.

"What are common mistakes drivers make in DUI cases?"

Being charged and convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol in South Carolina can dramatically change your life. That's why it's critical that you fully understand your rights - and the mistakes people often make in such cases. These include:

  • Not taking their DUI arrest seriously - The second you see a police car's flashing lights in your rear-view mirror, you need to take your situation seriously. When an officer asks you a question, look the officer straight in the eye and give a polite, brief answer. Don't joke around. And when you're charged with DUI, don't simply assume your problems will go away on their own. Contact our law firm immediately so we can get straight to work on your case.
  • Agreeing to take a field sobriety test - Field sobriety tests are not mandatory in South Carolina. As a result, you can decline to take such a test. And even if you agreed to take the test, we can help you challenge the results in court.
  • Driving after they have had their license suspended for DUI conviction - If your driver's license has been suspended or revoked due to a DUI charge or conviction, one of the worst things you can do is drive without a license. You'll only make your situation worse if you get stopped by a police officer. Instead, we can help you explore all your legal options. You may be eligible for a restricted driver's license to drive to work or school.
  • Not hiring a lawyer when charged with DUI - Don't try to tackle your DUI charge on your own. Contact an experienced, knowledgeable attorney who can help you explore all your legal options. Contact Matt Bodman. Whether your case seems straightforward, hopeless, or anywhere in between, attorney Bodman knows exactly what to do to produce a positive outcome.
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