Charlotte DWI Lawyer Robert J. Reeves
University of South Carolina, School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1989.
Mr. Reeves is a seasoned criminal and civil attorney with over 25 years legal experience in both North Carolina (licensed in 1996) and South Carolina (licensed in 1989). He is an accomplished trial lawyer who has been inducted into the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 trial attorneys. Mr. Reeves is also a member of the National College for DUI Defense, the National Advocacy for DUI Defense, and the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Utilizing the skills he developed as a civil litigator in serious personal injury cases, he aggressively defends criminal clients who have been wrongfully charged with “driving while impaired” (DWI) or “boating while impaired” (BWI). Because he is licensed in two states, Mr. Reeves can also assist residents of North Carolina who get charged with “driving under the influence” (DUI) in South Carolina. There can be ramifications on your North Carolina license even if you are just charged, not convicted, with a drinking related offense in South Carolina. For example, if you refuse breath testing during a DUI arrest, there can be consequences in both States. Call us to learn more as there are strict time deadlines to file challenges to refusal cases.
In handling NC DWI cases, Mr. Reeves applies his developed skills as a civil litigator to examine all aspects of a DWI arrest, including the pre-stop and post-stop observations, the administration of the “roadside” Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs), as well as chemical testing of breath, blood, and/or urine samples. Mr. Reeves has undergone and completed the same training as the police and has received certificates from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) in “DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing” and “Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement.”
Our firm’s approach to DUI defense
No matter what the circumstances of your Charlotte DWI or BWI arrest, we start with the same premise in every case that you are innocent until proven guilty. Being charged is different from being found guilty. And in every case, our strategy is always the same. We meticulously review your all of the State’s evidence against you, including all police reports, witnesses, and any available video. We first look for legal errors which might be used to file motions to dismiss your case or suppress certain evidence. We carefully evaluate whether the police had “reasonable suspicion” to stop you and then “probable cause” to arrest you for DWI.
Charlotte DWI Attorney Robert J. Reeves has practiced criminal and civil law since 1989. In his 25 year career, he has always fought hard for his clients whether they were insurance companies, persons seriously injured, or someone charged with DWI. In his civil practice, Mr. Reeves has to prove his case through witnesses, exhibits, expert witnesses, and other evidence and has to persuade all 12 jurors.
In criminal cases, the defendant has to prove nothing. The entire burden is on the State, as it should be. Mr. Reeves reviews the evidence in full and attempts to find legal error which may allow for motions to exclude evidence or dismiss your case. If you go to trial, he only has to persuade 1 juror to “hang” the jury and force the State to either try your case again or negotiate. As a DWI defense attorney, Mr. Reeves takes his same thorough approach in complex civil cases and applies it to his criminal DWI practice. He investigates all aspects of your arrest, field sobriety testing, and breath or blood test procedures. He also critically considers all evidence for preparation for a jury trial.
Your first trial will be before a judge only in District Court. There is no jury at this level. However, if that trial is not successful, you have the right to appeal to Superior Court for a new trial where your case will heard at a later date. At that trial, you get a jury of your peers. Jury trials are truly your best opportunity to present your case. Even if there are no legal errors by the police, a group of fellow citizens can be persuaded to find you “not guilty” if we can create any “reasonable doubt” with regards to your case.
In Charlotte DWI cases, one of the criminal defense lawyer’s most valuable assets is the willingness to actually go to court and fight for their clients. Of course, a trial may or may not be in a client’s best interests. That decision will have to be made after careful consideration of all of the State’s evidence and individual facts. This is where our experience and DUI training comes into consideration. Don’t worry. We will guide you and advise what we believe is best for your case. In the end, however, you will make all critical decisions on how to proceed after our counsel and recommendations. Here’s what we do. We first evaluate your legal options and then present them to you. We answer all of your questions and then explain the pros and cons of certain courses of action. Once you have all of the information, you can then make the best decision for your particular circumstances. We are not here to judge you. We are here to guide you. You have to decide what is best for you and your family.
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Mr. Reeves is proud to be a Charlotte DWI attorney and appreciates the trust his clients place in his care. He knows how serious a DWI charge is and the immediate effects it has on his clients’ lives. When they first call, they are exhausted after having been arrested and spent some time in jail. They are in shock that they have been handcuffed and “treated like a criminal.” They have never been in any real trouble before and do not know what to expect or what is going to happen next. They need answers and are grateful to be able to speak with an attorney as soon as they get released. Many of our new clients call on the weekends and holidays. After all, this is when most people go out with friends and when the police are out in full force looking for impaired drivers.
Available when you need help
Mr. Reeves will be available when you need him to answer questions and concerns. He regularly meets with new and existing clients on Saturdays as he lives just minutes from his uptown Charlotte office. He knows you will feel better after learning more about NC DWI laws and what you can expect in the process. The most pressing issue in almost every case is getting a limited driving privilege (LDP) and being able to legally drive again. Mr. Reeves explains the procedure and what needs to be done during the first ten (10) days after arrest. He then reviews the entire DWI defense strategy and what will happen at each stage of case development. After he has collected and reviewed all of the State’s evidence, Mr. Reeves can then go over all available options and review the pros and cons of each possible course.
Then, after your questions have been answered, you as the client make your decision on how to proceed. Whether you elect to go to trial or plead guilty, the decision is always yours. It’s your case and your life. Mr. Reeves will simply explain the law, your options, and give his recommendations based on his years of practicing law and guiding clients in complex situations. Try not to worry. We’re going to get through this ordeal together. He does this every day.
Meeting to review your case and options
Mr. Reeves would welcome an opportunity to sit down and personally meet with you to review your case. Every case is different, and outcomes can depend on particular facts. The initial interview is both thorough and comprehensive. We try to gather as many facts as early as possible before time passes and memories start to fade. Often, our clients are very anxious as they have just been arrested and spent the night in jail. We also inquire about medical conditions, prescriptions medications, prior surgeries, and drinking patterns as part of our review. Certain medical conditions can cause you to appear to be impaired and/or cause an artificially high BAC reading during breath testing. Some medical procedures can make it difficult to perform or complete roadside or field sobriety testing. We try to look at everything to make sure nothing is missed that can help your case.
North Carolina DWI laws are some of the toughest in the country and are complex by legislative design. The State, with its virtually limitless resources, starts with and maintains a significant advantage throughout the process over the individual citizen. However, with a structured and comprehensive critique of all relevant aspects, Charlotte DWI cases can be challenged and even defeated in court. If we recommend and you decide to accept a plea offer, we can then help work to establish mitigators to lower the punishment level. Our goal is to avoid jail time and minimize the loss of driving privileges.
Regardless of your decision, we can help our clients get through this difficult time in their lives. You just have to call us to schedule a time to meet. We do not charge for initial consultations. We encourage those charged with a DWI to interview several lawyers and firms before deciding who to hire. This first decision is critical, and you have to retain the firm that gives you the most confidence and puts you at ease. Whether you hire us or decide to go with another firm, you are going to feel better after getting some answers to your questions and options on how to proceed. We look forward to speaking with you. Now, you just have to call 704-351-7979 or email email@example.com.