In Criminal Law, Time Matters

January 2, 2017

By Vannoy Law Firm


Time Matters

Albert Einstein once called time an "illusion".  Unfortunately, for folks charged with DUI or another criminal offense in South Carolina, waiting can cost you.  Below are three bullet points that illustrate why time matters in criminal and DUI cases.

  • If you have been charged with a DUI and (1) refuse the test or (2) provide a sample of .15% or greater you have thirty days to request a hearing to challenge the license suspension.  If you fail to do so, you are required to enroll and complete ADSAP and miss out on the opportunity to obtain a temporary alcohol license (which is nearly identical to a regular license).
  • Every "blue ticket" has a court date.  If you fail to show up you could be tried in your absence. 
  • In felony cases and other cases that (generally) carry a year or more in jail, an accused person has an opportunity to request a preliminary hearing.  This is usually the first chance to challenge the State's case.  If you do not request it in a timely fashion, you lose this opportunity.

If you have been arrested for a DUI, drug charge, assault charge, or any other criminal offense in South Carolina please call my office to schedule a free interview.   I also handle driver's license issues, parole cases, and other matters.  If you have questions about a search warrant, arrest warrant, or any other issue involving your personal rights and liberty, please feel free to contact my office as well.  At my office, you will receive a free interview in criminal cases.  If retained, I will go about protecting your initial court appearance, if possible, and begin investigating the case.  If you have questions about a criminal or DUI case or questions about this article, feel free to contact me at (843) 761-0610.  If you would like to read more about South Carolina's DUI and criminal laws, copy/paste this link into your search heading

If you have questions regarding a DUI or criminal case in Berkeley, Charleston, or Dorchester County, please contact my office today at (843) 761-0610 or through the contact page on this website.

DSC_0333Brady Vannoy is a criminal defense lawyer in Berkeley County, South Carolina.  He carries a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating.  According to the rating system, "AV Preeminent(r) is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence."  Brady is also listed in Super Lawyers(r).  "Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. This selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations."

Brady regularly defends cases in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties.  Brady is a member of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the South Carolina Association for Justice.  He can be reached at (843) 761-0610,, or through the contact page on this website.

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