License Suspension in Lexington, South Carolina
Did you lose your license after a DUI arrest?
Most DUI charges include separate issues. The first includes the criminal proceeding because of the choice to drive while intoxicated. There are many penalties that a DUI offender may face. In addition to excessive fines and jail time, the offender will be at risk for losing his or her driver's license. The second issue that a DUI offender may have to face is a driver's license suspension. Under South Carolina law, you can lose your driver's license for a variety of reasons. These may include:
- Being convicted of a drug crime
- Non-payment of traffic offenses
- Certain criminal convictions
- Loss of license points
- Non-payment of child support
- DUI offense
Driving Under Suspension (DUS) Law
If you are caught driving with a suspended license you will be charged under South Carolina driving under suspension (DUS) law. If convicted, you may face a high fine, mandatory jail time, and a guaranteed extension of your original suspension. Having your license suspended can cause you to have to entirely readjust your lifestyle. It can affect employment, enjoyment and education. Without a license, you will have to rely on other individuals and public transportation to get you to the places you must go.
Under South Carolina's habitual offender law, those who have been convicted of three violations of the DUS, DUI, or a serious traffic violation will permanently lose their license. Once this occurs, if you are caught driving without the presence of a valid license, you may face up to five years' imprisonment in the South Carolina Department of Corrections. This is not a risk that you want to take. One of our
Lexington criminal defense attorneys can help you avoid this circumstance.
At our office, we work with clients who have lost their driver's license privileges and who have been subsequently charged with DUS or a felony level habitual offender violation. Obtaining a serious legal defense is critical to preventing a criminal record, restoring your license and staying out of jail. This legal defense can help you through the process of having your license restored. Contact one of our Lexington DUI lawyers today if you are facing license suspension in Lexington, Columbia or the surrounding areas in South Carolina!