How Many Drinks Can You Have and Still Legally Drive?

There is no definite answer to the question, "How many drinks you can you have and still legally drive in South Carolina?" This is because the answer is unique to each individual and each circumstance, taking into account factors like weight, sex, age, type of drink, food eaten, and time of day. South Carolina DUI law is based on the concept of making driving impaired illegal. This means that DUI is not based on any specific amount of alcohol in your system, but rather how the alcohol affects your driving ability.

Although it is not against the law to drink and then drive in South Carolina, the only way to guarantee that you remain legally able to drive is to refrain from drinking and driving. Many individuals are arrested after police believed that they were impaired when they thought they were safe to drive. Because of this, many individuals who voluntarily take the breathalyzer score higher than they anticipate. For this reason, we typically advise individuals who have been drinking to refuse to take a breathalyzer test.

If you have any further questions about the DUI laws in South Carolina, feel free to contact a Lexington DUI attorney at the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC.


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