Hilton Head DUI Defense Attorney

Understanding South Carolina DUI Penalties

If you have been charged with drunk driving (DUI) in South Carolina, you may be facing severe penalties. Offenders can be sentenced to fines, lengthy jail time, and a license suspension. Felony DUI charges can result with aggravated circumstances and can drastically alter your life. The level of severity of the circumstances will depend on several factors. Some of these include the BAC level determined by the breath test, whether this is a first offense or a multiple DUI, and whether any accidents or injuries resulted. Below is a list of possible penalties you may be facing, depending on the number of offenses.

1st DUI Offense
For a first time DUI offense, your license can be suspended for a minimum of 6 months. You may also be required to pay a fine of $400 to $1,000. Even a first DUI can result in substantial jail time from 48 hours to 90 days, depending on your BAC level. Additionally, you may be required to perform Public Service Employment for the community.

2nd DUI Offense
For a second DUI conviction, you can have your license suspended for one year along with jail time of up to 3 years, depending on the specific circumstance of the case. Along with the jail time and license suspension, you may be responsible to pay a fine beginning at $2,100.

3rd DUI Offense
As each DUI offense has greater repercussions, third and subsequence drunk driving convictions can result in a license suspension of 2 years to permanently. The offender will also be responsible for a fine beginning with $3,800 up to $10,000. For third and subsequent offenses, there is also substantial jail time beginning with 60 days.

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If you are convicted of a DUI in the state of South Carolina, you should take immediate action and obtain help from a Hilton Head criminal defense attorney. Our partner attorneys at the firm have a combined 35 years of experience that can be used to help you fight for your rights and driving privileges. Contact Bauer & Metro, P.C. today to learn more about how we can help you avoid these penalties!

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I was in Hilton Head for a friends wedding and had the misfortune of being pulled over and was arrested for DUI. Driving while under the influence is nothing to be taken lightly these days. It can affect your job and many other things due to not being able to operate a vehicle. In no way am i condoning drinking and driving, but let's face it, everyone makes mistakes. I was terrified! It felt like ... - Kye G