Driving Under The Influence (DUI)

In Charleston, SC, you are prohibited from driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs to the extent that your faculties are materially and appreciably impaired. A significant amount of evidence can be evaluated when determining whether the arresting officer has met his burden in proving impairment. If taken, blood alcohol content and field sobriety tests are among the factors a court may consider as evidence of guilt that should be strictly scrutinized. DUI charges can be a life changing event that has long lasting consequences, regardless of your age or the severity of your charges. In South Carolina, a DUI conviction can leave you with a criminal record that might affect current or future employment and can limit your personal freedom. Hiring a DUI attorney who is experienced with South Carolina DUI laws and courtroom proceedings is essential to making sure you are properly protected. The Rankin Law Firm provides representation for DUI charges in Charleston, North Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, West Ashley, Summerville, Goose Creek, and Moncks Corner. Our DUI consultations are free and confidential.

Driving Under Suspension

In Charleston, SC, it is unlawful for you to drive a motor vehicle on any public road when your license to drive has been cancelled, suspended, or revoked. If you are pulled over when your license is effectively suspended, the police will arrest you and take you to jail. When a driving under suspension violation occurs in connection with a DUI, the resulting fees and penalties may be more severe if convicted. Regardless of whether your driving under suspension charge is DUI-related, the Rankin Law Firm is prepared to defend your charges and provide guidance about your options and rights.

Traffic Violations

Conviction on charges related to traffic violations can have a serious impact on driving privileges and insurance rates. Traffic violations like speeding, unlawful driving maneuvers, mechanical failures, and reckless driving can add points to your driving record under South Carolina law. If you obtain twelve points or more on your driving record, your license can be suspended.

Like any other charges, the issuing officer or government agency has the burden of submitting evidence and proving that an alleged violation occurred, and you have the right to defend yourself and present your side of the case. Essential to contesting traffic violations is having knowledgeable legal representation. The Rankin Law Firm is prepared represent you for the following violations:

  • Speeding or driving too fast for conditions
  • Reckless driving
  • Hit-and-run and leaving the scene of an accident
  •  Failure to obey a traffic signal
  • Following too closely
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road
  • Failure to yield right of way
  • Unlawful passing or turning
  • Operating a vehicle in unsafe condition
  • Operating with improper lights or brakes
  • Failure to properly signal or shift
  • Seat belt violations
  • Driving with a suspended or revoked license
  •  Driving without insurance
  • Making an illegal U-turn