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Yarborough Applegate
291 East Bay Street, Floor 2
Charleston, SC 29401

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Criminal Defense

Consult Our Criminal Defense Attorneys Now

Everyone has a right to legal representation, and if you've been arrested or charged with a criminal offense, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney who can navigate the complexities of the legal process. Whether you have been charged with a DUI, a drug violation, or a violent crime - whether you're a minor or an adult, the Charleston defense attorneys of Yarborough Applegate have the experience and skills to handle your case and work hard on your behalf for the best outcome.
As well as being able to advise you of your rights and what to expect at each stage of the criminal judicial process, our criminal defense attorneys work to ensure your constitutional rights are not violated through law enforcement conduct, or in court proceedings. From arraignment to verdict, whether we take your case to trial or negotiate a plea, our criminal defense attorneys are there to help.

4 Tips From Our Criminal Defense Attorneys

Know your rights, and be sure to:
  • Always be polite and cooperate with law enforcement. Whether you are being issued a traffic citation or being placed under arrest, you will not help your situation by arguing with law enforcement.
  • You have a right to remain silent when placed under arrest.
  • You have a right to an attorney and you should ask for one prior to agreeing to answer questions.
  • Always be on time when appearing in court and dress appropriately.

4 Ways To Minimize Risk Of A DUI Conviction

Know your rights, and be sure to:
  • Use a designated driver and avoid drinking and driving at all costs. While it is lawful to drink and drive as long as you are within the legal limit, the limit is low and you may easily surpass that limit depending on your weight and/or diet.
  • If you've been pulled over by law enforcement, you may politely decline to answer any questions from the officers to avoid making any incriminating statements. It does not help your case to tell the police officer that you have just had a "few drinks."
  • Field sobriety test are voluntary. Because these tests are being conducted under stressful circumstances, people often have a difficult time passing these examinations no matter what their level of alcohol intake. Therefore, agreeing to a sobriety test generally leads to evidence the prosecution will use against you in your case.
  • You may refuse to submit to a test for blood alcohol content when arrested for DUI. However, if you refuse to take the breath test, you may forfeit your right to drive in South Carolina. However, you may secure a restricted license that will allow you to drive to and from work during the suspension period.

Contact Us - We Can Help

If you or someone you love has been arrested or charged with a criminal offense, call us. We offer free initial consultations and are conveniently located in central Mount Pleasant. Our Charleston criminal defense attorneys help people throughout Charleston and South Carolina and are available for evening and weekend appointments, and nights and weekends by phone.

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