After being charged with a DUI, you must quickly prepare yourself and do everything you can to protect your best interests. If you live in or near Greenville County, South Carolina, you’re in luck — my practice is located in Anderson, and I stand ready to help you.
My name is David Stoddard, and I am a criminal defense attorney. Throughout the course of my career, I have defended and prosecuted countless DUI cases throughout South Carolina. I offer free consultations to all criminal defense clients, and I’m more than willing to travel to you if you can’t come to me.
Don’t Plead Guilty to a DUI Charge
I know from decades of experience that just because you’re charged with a DUI doesn't mean you’re guilty. And, even if you did have one drink too many before getting behind the wheel, pleading guilty is very unlikely to help your case.
You see, even if the evidence against you seems overwhelming, there is little downside to going to trial. After all, the state of South Carolina then has to prove that you’re guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. That’s easier said than done — especially if you have an experienced attorney on your side. Once in trial, a skilled criminal defense lawyer can tell your side of the story in a way that makes sense to the jury and gets through to the judge. To learn more, I invite you to read my blog post “Three Things All DUI Defendants Should Know Before Going to Court.”
Of course, there are instances when pleading guilty does make sense, but it’s best to talk this option over with your lawyer before taking action yourself. For instance, if we sit down to discuss your case and decide to plead guilty, I may be able to help you negotiate a plea bargain that will lower your fines or get related charges dropped.