Travis Newton DUI Defense Attorney for Clemson, SC

Lead Counsel Rated by Thomson Reuters for DUI Defense with an Avvo Rating of Ten in the legal practice areas of Criminal Defense and Driving Under the Influence. 

 

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South Carolina DUI convictions carry serious consequences from both the State of South Carolina and the Department of Motor Vehicles.  Do not wait to contact a Clemson DUI Lawyer after being arrested for driving under the influence. If your South Carolina Drivers License was suspended for an implied consent violation there are extremely important filing deadlines that if missed will disqualify your eligibility for a Temporary Alcohol License.

 

It is not uncommon for a sober motorist to mimic signs of impairment during a Clemson traffic stop and subsequent DUI investigation. Nervousness, fear, disability, fatigue, illness, caffeine, etc. can cause a motorist to exhibit many of the same clues used to identify an impaired driver.  The experimental methods used to develop Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) have not been peer-reviewed which is the customary method for validation in the scientific community. To learn more about the flawed science behind SFSTs contact Clemson DUI Attorney Travis Newton.

 

 

  • What are the consequences of a South Carolina DUI conviction?

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  • Is there mandatory jail time for a DUI conviction?

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  • What are the total fines?

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  • How long will I lose my South Carolina Driver's License?

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  • Will I be subjected to random drug and alcohol testing?

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  • Will I be forced to attend mandatory drug and alcohol counseling?

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  • What is The Alcohol Drug Safety Action Program (ADSAP)?

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  • What is SR-22?

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  • What are the consequences for my auto-insurance premium?

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  • Are Field Sobriety Tests reliable?

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  • Is the Datamaster (breathalyzer) reliable?

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  • Will I be forced to blow into an ignition interlock device each time I start my vehicle?

 

 

For answers to the proceeding questions and to address the specific facts of your case contact Clemson DUI Lawyer Travis Newton for a free consultation. 

 

Travis has been the guest speaker at "Winning DUI Cases" which is a multi-Bar-approved continuing legal education course held live at various locations around the country for defense attorneys, prosecutors, and judges. Travis gave lectures on contested case hearings for implied consent violations and provided South Carolina case law updates that he earlier argued before the South Carolina Court of Appeals. Winning DUI Cases is presented by Your DUI Pro Founder and National DUI expert witness Dave Cox. 

 

 

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SCDL Suspended for Refusing Breathalyzer. Implied Consent in SC.

By: Travis Newton

 

One of the most confusing consequences of a South Carolina arrest for driving under the influence is the fact that many times the accused motorist will incur an immediate suspension of his or her South Carolina Drivers License (SCDL). So why does this happen and what can be done? When a South Carolina motorist refuses to submit to a chemical test an immediate driver's license suspension will be issued from the SCDMV.

A suspension will also be issued if a South Carolina motorist chooses to submit to a chemical test but registers an alcohol concentration of .15 or higher. Obviously, this creates a hardship for the suspended motorist and time is of the essence.

 

There are several paths in managing a suspension for refusing to submit to a chemical test or for registering an alcohol concentration of .15 or higher (implied consent violation).  For purposes of this article, I will limit the discussion to the most effective and expeditious way to mitigate the hardship of the sudden loss of driving privileges stemming from an implied consent violation. First, there is not an automatic court date for challenging a suspension for an implied consent violation. The court date on the traffic ticket is the initial court appearance for the DUI arrest in a South Carolina criminal court but not a venue to challenge an implied consent suspension.

 

Refusing to submit to a chemical test in South Carolina is not a crime. For this reason, the suspended motorist must look outside the criminal court to challenge an implied consent violation. The challenge must be filed within 30 days of the arrest for driving under the influence. There are no exceptions to the 30-day filing deadline. So what happens after the challenge is filed and how does it benefit the accused motorist?

 

First, in most cases, the motorist will become eligible for a Temporary Alcohol License (TAL). The TAL will restore the motorists' driving privileges (to pre-DUI arrest status) on a temporary basis thus pausing the suspension. With the TAL comes a court date for a contested case hearing in the South Carolina Administrative Law Court. It is important to note that the contested case hearing may be held at a different venue than the DUI as these hearings are held regionally.

 

This is not a criminal proceeding so there is no jury present. The decision-maker in a contested case hearing for an implied consent violation is an SCDMV hearing officer. If the hearing officer overturns the SCDL suspension, the motorist’s driving privileges will be restored to the same status as before the DUI arrest. If the hearing officer upholds the SCDL suspension the motorist will be required to start and complete The Alcohol Drug Safety Action Program also known as ADSAP and the suspension will resume. 

 

Travis Newton has defended thousands of clients in South Carolina Summary and General Sessions Courts and has presented oral arguments before the South Carolina Court of Appeals. Travis is Lead Counsel Rated by Thomson Reuters for DUI Defense with an Avvo Rating of Ten in the legal practice areas of Criminal Defense and Driving Under the Influence. Travis Newton is a South Carolina State Ambassador for and founding member of the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys (AAPDA).

 

 

 

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