Charged with First-Time DUI?
I Can Help.


A first-time DUI offense can carry more substantial penalties than you might expect. For example, in South Carolina, it is possible to be sentenced to as many as 30 days in jail for a first offense. However, not all drunk driving charges are built on solid ground. As your lawyer, I will investigate your situation in an effort to catch any mistakes that may have been made along the way.

I am criminal defense attorney William A. Hodge, and I know how important it is for you to avoid life-changing penalties and keep a DUI off your record. I provide aggressive, honest legal guidance for anyone in the Columbia area or throughout South Carolina who is facing DUI charges.


Few things in life are more important than your freedom. My approach to criminal charges of any kind is to protect your freedom first. For those facing first-time DUI charges, this means protecting your driver’s license, keeping you out of jail and avoiding the ignition interlock device, which you may be ordered to use if your blood-alcohol level is .015 or higher.

I take an aggressive approach to protecting my clients who are charged with DUI. Among the strategies I will use to protect you are:

    breath and blood tests for errors
    police conduct before, during and after your arrest to ensure your rights were not violated
    your driver’s license by representing you in hearings

If you’re searching online for “DUI lawyers near me”, think William A. Hodge

Choosing from a list of unknown drunk driving accident attorneys can be a challenge, especially when your driving license, career, and freedom are on the line. Which is why I can guarantee you’ll always receive:

  • Honest, thorough, and aggressive representation
  • Clear explanation of your rights, options, and charges
  • Dedication to protect your freedom from the very start
  • Undivided attention to your case
  • Inside knowledge of how your opponent thinks
  • Affordable rates with no hidden charges

Whether it’s your first, second, or even third DUI/DWI offense, I’ll help protect your rights so you can focus on living your life.

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