Mr Drennan has attended numerous sessions of the National College for DUI Defense presented at Harvard University Law School. His attendance dates back to the first college session in 1995. The National DUI College's motto is "knowledge through experience"; John exemplifies this motto and is recognized by his peers as one of the "go to DUI guys" in the State of South Carolina. Mr. Drennan has attended a course on the Data Master breath test machine in Mansfield Ohio where the South Carolina breath test machine is manufactured. Your DUI case is extremely important so trust your case to the Drennan Law Firm to get the results you need.
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John , the youngest of five, was born and raised in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in an area known as "THE BEAUTIFUL BERKSHIRES". John learned his competitive and winning attitude at an early age by being the lead off hitter and starting gritty third baseman on the 1977 Massachusetts State Championship Little League team. (Pittsfield- South) John was a Massachusetts State Finalist in the Ford Punt, Pass and Kick competition ,as well as, Captain of his State Championship High School Hockey team. John also captained his High School Golf team which finished 5th in the State Scholastic High School Championship atNew Seabury on Cape Cod . John was awarded All-Western Massachusetts Honors in both hockey and golf.
Upon graduating from Saint Joseph's Central High School John travelled to Charleston, South Carolina in 1983 to attend The Citadel: The Military College of South Carolina, on a golf scholarship. John lettered his Freshman year on the golf team and placed fifteenth (15th) in the Southern Conference Championship. John wanted to play Varsity Division 1 sports in the South, like his father did when he Captained the Varsity Baseball Team at Virginia Tech University. His Grandfather attended Georgetown Univdersity Law School and his Father attended Boston College Law School and practiced law together in Pittsfield under the firm name Shea, Drennan & Shea. The lawfirm is still in existence to this day managed by Mr Drennan's brother Richard X Drennan.
Mr Drennan graduated from The Citadel : The Military College of South Carolina in 1987 and attended his first and year of law school at Ohio Northern University, in Ada, Ohio. Mr Drennan returned to South Carolina and to attend graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law . While in law school, John was awarded an American Jurisprudence Award and was a patrol certified officer FOR THE TOWN OF OAK BLUFFS on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts and worked in the District Attorney's Office for Cape Cod and the Islands In 1991, John was sworn as a lawyer in South Carolina ; thereafter, John rose to the position of Senior trial attorney for the Charleston County Public Defenders Office in Charleston where he successfully tried over 25 cases in four years. John attended the National Criminal Defense College ("trial college") and became a Trial Lawyer for Joye Law Firm and focused his practice primarily on traffic law cases. Mr Drennan is a graduate of seven summer sessions of the NATIONAL COLLEGE FOR DUI DEFENSE Inc. held at Harvard Law School in Cambridge Massachusetts.
John has been involved in difficult cases all his career ranging from death penalty cases, felony death cases, sexual assaults and domestic assaults and has tried several drug cases against the DEA in United States District Court. John is the father of two children ages 11 and 14. His brother is a lawyer in Pittsfield, Massachusetts where he manages the third generation family law firm dating back to 1910. John's two cousins are also lawyers for their own firms in Richmond, Virginia and Orlando, Florida respectfully. He is a third generation trial lawyer.
John has attended numerous DUI training seminars as both an attendee and a lecturer. He is a court certified breath test expert witness regarding the Data- master breath testing instrument and has testified on several occasions regarding the machines inaccuracy. John has lectured Judges, Police Officers and Lawyers regarding DUI issues in the State of South Carolina. John's best legal advice to people is to:
Play It Safe on the roads: Don't Drink & Drive.
On the typical day, 31% of all traffic fatalities involve a drunk driver or motorcycle rider. It's a tragic statistic, because it means that about one-third of all traffic fatalities are preventable. Even more tragic? On New Year's Eve, that rate climbs to 41%.For years, government agencies, non-profit groups, educators and the media have been emphasizing the dangers of driving while intoxicated. But the problem still persists, particularly on a night like New Year's Eve. If you make just one resolution tonight, please resolve not to drink and drive. And, if possible, do your best to keep other impaired drivers off of the road. Driving while intoxicated, or DWI, (also known as driving under the influence, or DUI) is a serious crime in every state.
1. Drinking alcohol or taking drugs may affect your ability to operate cars, boats or industrial equipment in a safe manner. It is against the law to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs if you cannot safely operate your vehicle. If the police observe you driving erratically or violating traffic laws, they are permitted to stop and question you. If they suspect that you are intoxicated, they can ask you to submit to various tests, including a blood alcohol test you do; however, have the right to refuse. Police in many areas set up extra roadblocks on New Year's Eve in an effort to keep unsafe drivers off the roads.Blood Alcohol Content When you consume alcoholic drinks, alcohol is absorbed into your blood stream. The level of alcohol in your blood, called the Blood Alcohol Content, can be measured by different tests. If the police suspect that you are drunk, they can require you to take a Breathalyzer or other test to measure your blood alcohol content.
2.Refusal to take a test may result in an automatic suspension of your driver's license. You also can be convicted of drunk driving without the results of a blood alcohol test or if your blood alcohol test result is lower than the statutory amount. A jury may convict you based on evidence that your breath, conduct, language, and motor movements showed that you were drunk and unable to drive safely. Punishment The penalties for drunk driving are serious.
Punishment for first time offenders includes suspension of driving privileges, points on your driver's license and fines Punishment for second and subsequent offenses increases significantly and usually means jail time
In addition, a drunk driving conviction generally causes your automobile insurance premiums to increase dramatically.
Tips to Stay Safe
Have a designated driver who agrees not to drink alcoholic beverages or take drugs that will impair their judgment
If you don't have a designated driver, use taxis, car services, public transportation, or call a friend or family member to pick you up; alternately, stay where you are until you are sober and can drive
If you see someone who has been drinking and plans to drive, take their keys and find them a ride
If you're hosting a party, offer a selection of non-alcoholic drinks
Be a responsible party host, don't serve guests who have had too much to drink and invite people to sleep at your house if they don't have a sober ride home
When is it unsafe to drive?
BAC calculator takes into account the number of drinks consumed , and the type of Alcohol consumed (ie alcohol proof) the individuals Weight (Lbs) and the amount of time the individual drank. The formula I use is each alcoholic beverage is .03% times the number of drinks equals the BAC. The human body on average eliminates .015% ethanol alcohol per hour . Therefore 5 drinks time .03 equals .15% BAC over there hours minus .03% equals .12% BAC
Disclaimer: This Blood Alcohol formula I used in no way is intended to be a guideline for how much you can drink and still drive, operating machinery, or avoid being arrested! The best policy is never drink & drive. This is for informational purposes only. The information on this site is NOT INTENDED
TO BE LEGAL ADVICE.
Why Hire John Drennan as your DUI Lawyer?
John can defend a client in a number of ways. John can spot weaknesses in the prosecution's case and may challenge many aspects: such as the stop, administration of field sobriety tests, and the Breathalyzer and other testing procedures. John may also present mitigating factors, such as the defendant's criminal history or treatment program enrollment, to secure a more favorable plea bargain. There are many options to discuss you case with John. John has represented thousands of people charged with DUI in South Carolina. Just ask anyone in the court system.
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