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Fourth DUI in South Carolina

Fourth DUI in South Carolina

Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious crime in South Carolina, even if it is your first offense. However, if it is your fourth or subsequent offense, you face the harshest penalties applicable by state law. 

First, you must understand that a fourth DUI offense is a felony, rather than a misdemeanor like the first, second, and third offense. This means that a conviction will result in a prison sentence, rather than a jail term.  

The following is a breakdown of the penalties for a fourth DUI offense in South Carolina based on the blood alcohol content (BAC) of the driver: 

  • BAC of less than .1 percent – A conviction will result in imprisonment between one year to five years, fines of up to $10,000, and permanent driver’s license suspension. 

  • BAC of between .1 and .15 percent – A conviction will lead to a prison sentence ranging from two to six years, fines of up to $10,000, and permanent driver’s license suspension. 

  • BAC of at least .16 percent – A conviction is punishable by a prison term between three and seven years, fines of up to $10,000, and permanent driver’s license suspension. 

Keep in mind, the driver’s license suspension can be cleared by completing the South Carolina Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program (ADSAP), which is a statewide substance abuse program. Additionally, you will be required to have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed in all your vehicles for the rest of your life. 

If you or a loved one is facing a DUI charge in Lexington, look no further than the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC to protect your rights and freedom. Since 2004, we have provided clients facing serious DUI charges with aggressive and personalized legal representation inside and outside the courtroom. 

Contact us today at (888) 301-6004 and schedule a free initial consultation. Let our firm help you obtain the most favorable outcome in your case! 


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