Oconee County DWI Attorney at Law Ryan L. Beasley
Protecting Your Driving Privileges after a DWI in South Carolina
Safeguarding Your Rights After a DWI in Oconee County
Oconee County DWI attorney Ryan Beasley handles DWI, DUI & drunk driving cases in Seneca, Westminster and Walhalla, South Carolina and all of Oconee County. The offense of drunk driving in South Carolina is called driving under the influence, though in some states it is referred to as driving while intoxicated or DWI. Whatever the term, the state aggressively punishes those suspected of driving while impaired by either alcohol or drugs. Whatever the specifics of your arrest for DWI in Oconee County, you should immediately seek help from a qualified and experienced Oconee County DWI attorney.
- Ryan Beasley, Attorney at Law, is an aggressive DWI attorney with long-term experience
- Committed to obtaining the best possible resolution for every client’s case
- Passionate defense, legal representation, and unmatched client service
- Proven legal strategies and track record of success
- Impressive Trial lawyer who was voted a “Rising Star”, “Super Lawyer”, and rated AV Pre-eminent by Martindale-Hubbell
Under South Carolina DWI law, you can be charged with DUI/DWI two ways; registering a blood alcohol content at or above the legal threshold of .08%; or whenever an officer suspects impairment, regardless of your BAC. In either case, you could have your driver’s license suspended, be forced to pay significant fines and even be sentenced to jail.
An arrest for SC DWI, however, does not mean you are guilty. Occasionally good people make mistakes, and at times even responsible social drinkers find themselves in embarrassing and difficult situations because of the suspicions of a police officer rather than actual evidence.
Seneca DWI Attorney Ryan Beasley will immediately begin to build an aggressive defense based on the details of your arrest. He will use his knowledge of SC DWI laws and the legal system to challenge the state’s case. Hiring Attorney Ryan Beasley will ensure that you realize the best possible outcome – potentially including reduction of the charges, dismissal of the case or acquittal.
Request a Free DWI Consultation
To schedule a free initial consultation with Oconee County, South Carolina DWI Lawyer Ryan Beasley call (864) 679-7777 or fill out the in-line request form to the left. There is no cost or obligation, yet you will learn more about your case and your legal options.
Time is very important following a DWI arrest. If you want to see if your driving privileges can be saved and want the best result from your criminal case, contact Attorney Ryan Beasley now.
About Your Driver’s License After DWI in South Carolina
An arrest for driving while intoxicated in Oconee County will lead to two very different cases being filed against you. One is a criminal case resolved in the courts and the second is a civil case affecting your driver’s license. If you wither took a breath test and registered a blood alcohol content at or above the legal limit of .08%, or refused to submit to a test, the Department of Motor Vehicles will seek to suspend or revoke your license.
As mentioned, the DMV case is separate from the court case. The DMV alone decides whether to apply sanctions to your license and when to lift them. In fact, you could win your criminal DWI case and still lose your privilege to drive.
You have the right to challenge the suspension of your driver’s license by petitioning for an Administrative Hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles. You must, however, make such a request within 30 days of the date of your arrest, or you will lose your license.
Seneca DWI Attorney Ryan Beasley offers complete drunk driving defense and he can petition the DMV on your behalf and represent you at the license hearing. Because of the complexity of the hearing and the consequences for failure, having experienced legal, professional legal guidance is highly recommended.
Penalties for South Carolina DWI
A conviction for driving while intoxicated in South Carolina can result in significant penalties. You could be required to pay fines and court fees, perform community service, complete a jail sentence and enroll in a substance abuse program.
The severity of the penalties for DWI is partly based on your blood alcohol content at the time of arrest. Whereas the legal definition of intoxication is .08%, the prosecution can seek enhanced sanctions at thresholds of .10% and .16% BAC. Any prior SC DWI violations will also add to the penalties, including mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device and permanent revocation of your license.
The long-term consequences of drunk driving in Seneca, SC can include being required to carry expensive, high-risk auto insurance and experiencing limited employment options because of a criminal arrest record.
A DWI in South Carolina is a serious offense with significant financial, legal and social penalties. Protect your future by seeking professional legal help from Oconee County DWI Lawyer Ryan Beasley.
South Carolina DUAC
Besides driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence, there is an additional drunk driving related offense in South Carolina. If you submitted to a breath or blood test and registered a BAC at or above .08%, the arresting officer can charge driving with an unlawful alcohol concentration, or DUAC.
To be convicted of DUAC there must be evidence. In comparison, DUI requires only the testimony of a law enforcement officer.
Oconee County DWI Attorney Ryan Beasley knows strategies for suppression of evidence and challenges to the arresting officer’s findings. To see if your case can be successfully reduced or even dismissed, contact Lawyer Ryan Beasley now.
About SC DWI Attorney Ryan Beasley
Oconee County DWI Lawyer Ryan L. Beasley was born and raised in South Carolina. He received an undergraduate degree from Wofford College and earned a law degree from the University of South Carolina. His legal background includes work as former Assistant Solicitor/Law Clerk for 13th Circuit Solicitor’s Office and former Law Clerk to the Honorable John C. Few, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals.
Ryan Beasley is a member of the South Carolina Association of Justice, the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Greenville Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a Life Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
South Carolina DWI Lawyer Ryan Beasley is certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the International Association of Chiefs of Police in DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. He is also certified in the use of the Datamaster breath testing equipment. This special training benefits your defense by giving Attorney Beasley an advantage when challenging state’s evidence.
Call for a Free Review of Your DWI
Time is very critical after an arrest for DWI in South Carolina. You have only 10 days to try and save your license. In addition, allowing your attorney to properly prepare for your first court appearance could make a big difference in the outcome of the case.
To schedule a free, no obligation, meeting with Oconee County, South Carolina DWI Attorney Ryan Beasley, fill out the form to the left or call (864) 679-7777.