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Don't Accept the Penalties for DUI

Have you been arrested for DUI? Make your first action retaining legal representation from a Columbia DUI attorney who can defend your rights and help you avoid harsh consequences. Our firm can contest the details of your arrest, bring strategic defenses on your behalf, and utilize our experience to secure the best possible outcome. Our South Carolina firm has two decades of combined experience handling criminal cases, including DUI.

We understand exactly what is at stake in your case and are more than prepared to help you avoid a conviction. As a former prosecutor, Attorney Robert Masella knows that the burden of proof lies with the prosecution to prove beyond doubt that you were intoxicated while driving. Whatever the case, rest assured that our firm is prepared to advocate for you.

What consequences do I face with a conviction?

Drinking and driving is not merely a traffic violation, it is a criminal offense that carries tough penalties and long-term consequences. Our Columbia DWI attorney can help you resolve your case and avoid the maximum penalties, so do not hesitate to seek out our counsel.

The penalties for DUI are severe, including:

  • First conviction - A $400 fine and between 48 hours and 30 days in jail.
  • Second conviction - Up to $5,100 in fines and a jail sentence between a 5 days and 1 year in jail.
  • Third conviction – Up to $6,300 in fines and between 60 days and 3 years of imprisonment.
  • Fourth conviction - Felony DUI with between 1 and 5 years in prison.

Convictions also come with a suspension of your driver's license and possible installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. In addition, prison sentences can be increased with certain aggravating factors such as speeding or a blood alcohol content over 0.16%.

Why hire Masella Law Firm, P.A. for your DUI case?

A Columbia criminal defense attorney from Masella Law Firm, P.A. is ready to begin working on your case today. Don't think that the fact that you "failed" a field sobriety test or a chemical test of your blood or breath means that your conviction is certain––there are ways to fight any drunk driving case!

We have a history of prosecuting DUI cases and have even taught classes to other attorneys on the subject. You can rest assured knowing that we have a firm grasp on DUI law and will explore your case from every angle to find the most effective strategy for your defense. Whether the goal is to have the charges dismissed or reduced, we will pursue every possible avenue for safeguarding your rights and your future, so let's get to work now!

Call us if you have been arrested to get started working on your legal defense!

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