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Frequently Asked Questions About Criminal & DUI Law

Lori S. Murray 

A former state prosecutor, who has been practicing criminal law for 19 years.  The very first case she prosecuted was a DUI in the year 2000.   In 2002, Lori left the Solicitor’s office and has been practicing in criminal and DUI defense in the Columbia, Lexington and surrounding areas ever since.  Located on Blanding Street, in the heart of downtown Columbia, The Law Offices of Lori S. Murray is a boutique firm where every case gets the attention it needs and deserves.  

 

As a former state prosecutor, Lori knows how the other side thinks and with nearly 20 years’ experience defending DUI cases, she can advise and defend you in every aspect of your DUI.  If you’ve been charged with DUI, Lori’s the lawyer for you.
 

To Blow or Not

To Blow or Not to Blow, a great question when it comes to a field sobriety test.  Don’t blow! First, you should always cooperate with law enforcement, but that does not mean you have to agree to a breath sample.  If you’re pulled over because the police officer suspects you are driving under the influence, you will also likely be asked to perform a series of field sobriety tests.  You have every right to decline these tests.  Declining field sobriety tests does not constitute disobeying a police command.  It is an exercise of your Fifth Amendment rights.  However, if you refuse a breath test, know that your driver’s license will immediately be suspended.  If you refuse to blow and have surrendered your license, you must act immediately to protect your rights and your driving privileges.  Now’s the time to act.  You’ll need a skilled DUI law firm to represent you and get the best outcome for your pending charges – our law firm has the experience and knowledge of the South Carolina court system you need.   Do you have a DUI question?  “Ask Us” and we will get back to you right away.

 

 

DUAC vs. DUI

Despite what you may know about DUI charges, there is a difference between a DUAC and DUI.  DUAC means Driving with an Unlawful Blood Concentration, and DUI means Driving Under the Influence.   The main difference is that to be convicted for DUAC, the prosecution must be able to prove that the driver was operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or greater.  To be convicted of a DUAC, you must submit to the breathalyzer test.  To be convicted of a DUI, the prosecutors need to prove the driver’s faculties to operate a vehicle were materially and appreciably impaired by alcohol, drugs or both. Now’s the time to act. You’ll need a skilled DUI law firm to work with you on the best outcome of the pending charges.  In many cases, there are ways to defend the charges of DUAC or DUI – our law firm has the experience and knowledge of the South Carolina DUI court system.  Do you have a DUI question?  “Ask Us” and we will get back to you right away.

 

Felony DUI

If you’re listening to this message it might be because you or a loved one has been arrested for a felony DUI.   A conviction for a felony DUI carries severe penalties that can haunt you for your entire life.  Not only could you be facing a long period of time in prison, but you will have a felony conviction on your criminal record, which may disqualify you for professional licenses, from holding certain jobs and from owning a firearm. You may be turned down for a loan, or renting a new home, and for those whose job depends on having a valid license – you could lose your job.  Right now you have a lot to lose, so make sure that you work with a qualified DUI law firm.  Now’s the time to act. You’ll need a skilled DUI law firm to represent you and get the best outcome for the pending charges – our law firm has the experience and knowledge of the South Carolina DUI court system.  Do you have a DUI question?  “Ask Us” and we will get back to you right away.

 

 

DUI Accident Causing Injuries Or Death

If ultimately convicted of a DUI that caused a death or permanent disfigurement, mutilation, or disables or destroys parts of another person’s body carries not only very stiff fines but the possibility of prison time for years – if not decades.   Right now you have a lot to lose, so make sure that you work with a qualified DUI law firm.  Now’s the time to act.  You’ll need a skilled DUI law firm to represent you and get the best outcome for the pending charges – our law firm has the experience and knowledge of the South Carolina DUI court system.  When the odds are stacked against you, we will stand beside you.  Do you have a DUI question?  “Ask Us” and we will get back to you right away.

 

 

UA vs. Blood Draw

In cases of automobile accidents or where someone blows significantly below the .08 legal limit, the arresting officer may request the alleged impaired driver submit to a blood test or a urine test if he can articulate reasonable suspicion the driver is under the influence of drugs.  These tests may also be requested if the accused is unable to provide a breath sample. Refusal to submit to any chemical testing will result in the suspension of the suspect’s driver’s license.  You need to immediately consult with a DUI lawyer to find out about possible defenses to blood and urine tests in DUI cases.  But know, if you move forward with testing there are certain rules that must be followed in order for the results of that blood test to be used as evidence if the driver is later charged and taken to trial. For instance, a blood test must be conducted within two hours of the arrest.  Additionally, these tests must be conducted by authorized and trained medical staff who are qualified to take the requisite sample and who can conduct the alcohol content tests.  There are ways to defend Blood and urine tests  – our law firm has the experience and knowledge of the South Carolina DUI court system.   Do you have a DUI question?  

Ask Us” and we will get back to you right away.

 

 

Prescription DUI

If you are facing a DUI charge stemming from the use of prescription medication, it is time to talk with a DUI lawyer about the case.  As more people begin to use prescription drugs for a variety of diseases and conditions, the number of DUI for prescription drugs arrests are simultaneously rising.  Depending on the case, it is possible the unknown side effects of your prescription medications, as long as you were taking them legally, could be grounds for a defense.  This defense is only available if you were prescribed the medication.  If you took someone else’s medication or you obtained the medications illegally, you may be facing other consequences in the process.  But for those who are taking a medication that their doctor prescribed, and they believe they are taking them properly, you need to talk with a DUI lawyer immediately.   Our law firm has the experience and knowledge of the South Carolina court system.  Do you have a DUI question?  “Ask Us” and we will get back to you right away.

 

 

License Suspension

South Carolina, like all states, penalizes DUI offenders through a process of administrative driver’s license suspension. If you refuse to take a chemical test to determine your alcohol level, or if you are convicted of DUI, you lose your license for six months.

 

Under South Carolina law, every driver who operates a vehicle on South Carolina roadways has given “implied consent” for a chemical test to determine any substance (such as alcohol or drugs) which would impair your ability to operate a motor vehicle. The police must have “reasonable grounds and probable cause” to believe you are driving under the influence in order to ask you to take the test.  If you refuse to take the test - you must physically hand over your license to the officer. 

 

If you have surrendered your license and charged with a DUI you must act immediately to protect your rights and your driving privileges.  Now’s the time to act immediately you’ll need a skilled DUI law firm to represent you and get the best outcome for the pending charges – our law firm has the experience and knowledge of the South Carolina court system.  Do you have a DUI question?  “Ask Us” and we will get back to you right away.

 

 

Why Hire Lori?

You don't win cases if you don't try them.  With DUI charges pending you have too much to lose if you don’t act immediately.   Lori Murray is a proactive DUI lawyer.  She investigates cases, litigates pretrial motions and tries bench and jury trials.

 

If you have been charged with a DUI, your life, liberty, and property may be at stake.  Lori Murray knows the system. She wins cases for her clients because she refuses to step aside and let the government run over our clients.

 

Are you ready to talk about your DUI case with Lori?  “Ask Us” and we will get back to you right away.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Law Offices of Lori S. Murray

1527 Blanding Street

Columbia, SC 29202

(803) 779-4472