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Myths About DUI

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There's a lot of misinformation out there about drunk driving charges in South Carolina:

  • There's nothing you can do if you're convicted of DUI.
  • Field sobriety tests are mandatory.
  • You should plead guilty if you failed a Breathalyzer test.

Don't always believe what you hear. The reality is you often have many legal options available. Just ask some of the people who made the smart decision to hire Matt Bodman to represent them in their DUI defense case. They'll tell you that he helped them get their charges dismissed or have their penalties greatly reduced in many cases.

Attorney Bodman thoroughly understands South Carolina's drunk driving laws. That's because he has dedicated his legal career to fighting for people charged with drunk driving. And before he went into private practice, he served as an assistant solicitor, prosecuting cases on behalf of the state. There's no substitute for such hands-on experience. That's why attorney Bodman has such a strong track record of success. He knows how to get results.

Common myths about drunk driving charges

Some of the myths people often hear about DUI charges include:

  • You can avoid a drunk driving charge by refusing to take a Breathalyzer test.

Some people are convicted of DUI even if they did not take a Breathalyzer test. That's because South Carolina has what's known as an implied consent law. That means you can be charged with DUI and lose your driver's license when you refuse to take the Breathalyzer test.

  • You should plead guilty if you failed a Breathalyzer test.

Breathalyzer test results are just one piece of potential evidence. That's why it's always wise to consult with a lawyer and consider challenging your BAC test results.

  • Field sobriety tests are mandatory in South Carolina

If you don't want to take a field sobriety test, you do not have to do so. It is your right to refuse to take such tests. Some officers might arrest you after your refusal to give the field sobriety test. But our law firm can challenge the arrest and fight to have such charges reduced or dismissed.

  • There's nothing you can do if you have been convicted of drunk driving.

This statement is absolutely not true. You can challenge your test results. You can examine the evidence. You can tell your side of the story. You can apply for a temporary, restricted driver's license so you can get to work or school. Don't give up just because you have been charged. You have rights and we can fight for them.

  • Any lawyer can handle your DUI charge.

If you think all attorneys are the same, think again. Having an experienced, knowledgeable, aggressive attorney advocating for your best interests can often make all the difference in the world. Just ask the people who made the choice to hire Matt Bodman to represent them. In case after case, attorney Bodman has consistently helped people charged with drunk driving have their charges dismissed or the penalties greatly reduced. Find out for yourself what attorney Bodman can do for you. Schedule your free case evaluation right now.

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