The purpose of attorney-client privilege is to encourage open communication between clients and lawyers. The duty of confidentiality requires lawyers to keep client information related to a case private. All client communications with Attorney Travis Newton and the staff at Travis Newton Law P.A. are confidential and protected by attorney-client privilege. A conviction for driving under the influence can have lasting implications on professional and educational opportunities long after sentencing and DMV penalties have expired. Now more than ever it is important to view legal advice coming from non-lawyers on the internet or social media with skepticism. Unreliable legal advice from non-lawyers can have a negative impact on a defendant's case from both a procedural and substantive standpoint. A consultation DUI Attorney Travis Newton can provide answers that lead to informed decisions on how to proceed.
DUI Lawyer Travis Newton investigates evidence for clients charged with driving under the influence. The discovery process protects defendants accused of driving under the influence from trial by ambush while enforcing the right of DUI lawyers to investigate evidence gathered by the arresting police officer. The state of South Carolina has a continuing obligation to disclose all evidence in its possession to opposing DUI attorneys including incident reports, forensic lab reports, toxicology lab results, DUI traffic stop videos, DUI breath test videos, breath alcohol analysis test reports, witness statements, and all other items of material and exculpatory evidence. Included in The State of South Carolina's continuing obligation to disclose exculpatory evidence is any information that could exonerate a defendant or potentially impeach the credibility of an unfavorable witness.
It is not uncommon for a sober motorist to exhibit many of the same clues police use to identify impaired drivers during a routine traffic stop. The procedures used in the administration of standardized field sobriety tests were developed in a lab omitting the fear of instant incarceration as a consequence of failure. The physiological response to being pulled over by police often activates the sympathetic nervous system triggering acute stress responses that mimic signs of impairment. If driving privileges are suspended for refusing to submit a breath sample for chemical testing or for registering a minimum alcohol concentration of .15 there are important filing deadlines that if missed will disqualify eligibility for the temporary restoration of driving privileges pending a contested case hearing in the South Carolina Administrative Law Court.
Anderson, SC Criminal Defense Attorney Travis Newton represents defendants charged with drug crimes including possession, possession with intent to distribute (PWID), trafficking, manufacturing, or sale of controlled substances. Controlled substances include illegal drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine as well as prescription drugs such as oxycodone and Xanax when used or possessed without a valid prescription. Penalties for possession of a controlled substance are defined by quantity and are drug-specific. Possession with intent to distribute is a felony in South Carolina with potential penalties ranging from high fines to imprisonment or both.
Trafficking is the most severe drug charge in South Carolina involving the transportation, distribution, or sale of large quantities of a controlled substance. The penalties for drug trafficking can include lengthy prison sentences and hefty fines. Felony drug convictions can have additional long-lasting consequences, such as the revocation of the right to vote and the right to own or possess a firearm. However, if law enforcement officers did not have a valid warrant or probable cause to search the individual or property, any evidence obtained during the search could be suppressed and deemed inadmissible in court.
Criminal convictions can have lasting implications on professional and educational opportunities long after court-imposed penalties have expired. Now more than ever it is important to view legal advice coming from non-lawyers on the internet or social media with skepticism. Unreliable legal advice from non-lawyers can have a negative impact on a defendant's case from both a procedural and substantive standpoint. A consultation with Anderson, SC Criminal Defense Attorney Travis Newton can provide answers that lead to informed decisions on how to proceed.