Facing Criminal Charges in the Beaufort, SC Area?

You need a highly capable criminal defense attorney in your corner

Fighting your charges requires in-depth knowledge of criminal law and an aggressive defense strategy. The criminal defense attorneys at Weidner & Wegmann LLC in Beaufort, SC are ready and eager to protect your rights.

Our attorneys have extensive experience handling cases involving...

Driving under the influence

Our primary criminal defense attorney previously served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney and has substantial felony and misdemeanor jury trial experience. Plus, attorney Weidner is extremely knowledgeable of criminal law, having given lectures and seminars on a variety of subjects.

You can trust us to...

Walk you through the trial process, from the preliminary investigation to sentencing
Provide counsel so you can respond to a subpoena for testimony or documents
Protect your rights during military court-martial proceedings
Appeal a judge's ruling, if needed

Our aggressive and carefully planned defense strategies have allowed us to...

Prevent criminal charges from being filed
Negotiate favorable plea agreements
Get pending charges dismissed
Obtain successful jury verdicts

Your search for a high-qualified criminal defense attorney ends in Beaufort, SC. Make an appointment today.

We excel in handling DUI cases

South Carolina continues to enact stronger DUI laws that can significantly affect your job prospects, driving privileges and future. So when you need to consult a DUI attorney, turn to Weidner, Wegmann & Harper.

We have successfully advocated for Beaufort, SC area residents who were facing penalties like...

30 days to 25 years behind bars
A five-year driver's license suspension
Mandatory court-ordered drug or alcohol abuse treatment

We can argue to get your drunk driving charges reduced or dismissed, and therefore help you keep your driving privileges.

Did your arresting officer seize your driver's license? To get it back, you'll need to obtain a proof of financial responsibility form (SR-22) from your auto insurance company and file it with the DMV or DPS. Your DUI attorney can help you get back on the road again.

We can answer your questions and discuss the specifics of your case during your free consultation. Call 843-521-0004 to make an appointment.

Criminal Defense

Weidner, Wegmann & Harper LLC's criminal defense includes the representation of clients in criminal investigations and proceedings, including charges of murder, manslaughter, burglary, and driving under the influence to name but a few. The primary trial lawyer in the criminal defense area has previously served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney and has substantial jury trial experience in both felony and misdemeanor trials. Mr. Weidner has given lectures and seminars on a variety of subjects and written articles on Driving Under the Influence. The Firms' experience in the criminal defense area encompasses all phases of the litigation process from preliminary investigations through trial and numerous types of pre-trial motions and litigation as well as post-conviction matters including motions for reduction of sentences and sentencing memorandum. Weidner, Wegmann & Harper have represented clients accused in the state and federal courts, on both the trial and appellate levels as well as those military service members accused in military courts-martial proceedings. Additionally, the firm counsels both witnesses and targets of grand juries who must respond to subpoenas for testimony and documents.

Through aggressive, carefully planned defense strategies, our attorneys have been successful at interceding to prevent criminal charges from being filed, procuring the dismissal of pending charges, negotiating favorable plea agreements and obtaining successful jury verdicts. The Firm recognizes the impact that being charged with a crime can have on a client's life and our commitment to success reflects this awareness.

DUI Defense

DUI (Driving Under the Influence), also referred to as DWI (Driving While Intoxicated), is a serious offense in the state of South Carolina. If you have been charged with a DUI, you should seek legal help from an attorney experienced in handling DUI charges at once.

Each year, South Carolina enacts stronger DUI laws and that can have a significant effect upon you, your family, your employability and your insurability. You could lose your driver's license, be placed in jail and fined substantially. Your car insurance rates may rise and you could end up with a criminal conviction on your record that could impact your future and your employment opportunities. Persons driving under the influence with a child under 16 years of age in the vehicle can be charged with Child Endangerment in addition the regular drunk driving charge.

A first offense South Carolina DUI conviction carries a possible confinement of up to 30 days for the lowest level, and between 30 and 90 days in jail for a first offense with an alcohol level of 0.15% or greater. A Second offense exposes those convicted to a possible sentence of up a year in jail. A third offense can carry a sentence of up to 3 years in jail. A fourth offense can carry a sentence of up to 5 years in jail. In addition to the jail time, all South Carolina DUI sentences include mandatory, court-ordered drug or alcohol abuse treatment programs.

If a driver is under the influence and causes an injury or death of another person, the sentences range up to 15 to 25 years in prison, plus a 5 year license suspension after the prison terms is concluded. For people convicted of child endangerment in addition to DUI, the time behind bars can be increased by 50-percent, and the drivers license suspension extended for an additional 60 days.

The difference in the outcome of a case is why using an attorney who focuses on DUI defense is important. A criminal defense lawyer who regularly practices in the area of DUI defense will be familiar with the DUI laws and their potential consequence in South Carolina and an experienced DUI lawyer may be able to help you get your drunk driving charge reduced or even dismissed and save your driver's license. Further, there are administrative consequences to a charge and or conviction for Drunk Driving and those accused of drunk driving may need assistance in understanding Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) practices and policies on license revocation or suspensions.

The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles has asked law enforcement officers to seize the drivers' licenses of those accused of drunk driving immediately upon arrest so it is important for people charged to commence the process of obtaining the return of their licenses as soon as possible. The process requires an individual to quickly obtain an SR-22 form (SR22) from their auto insurance company, agent or broker and file this "Proof of Financial Responsibility" form with the DMV or DPS. The DUI attorneys at Weidner, Wegmann & Harper, can assist you with quickly getting back on the road again.

Inevitably, those charged with DUI will have many questions regarding going to court and the possible outcomes to their case. As each case is unique, it is important to seek the advice and assistance of an experienced DUI attorney such as those found at Weidner, Wegmann & Harper as soon as possible. Once we have had the opportunity to meet with you and discuss the specifics of your particular case, we will be in a position to advise you meaningfully as to the consequences and options available to you for defending your case.

Call Weidner, Weidner, Wegmann & Harper LLC at 843-521-0004.

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