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Can I Get a DUI Reduced to Reckless Driving in SC?

Can I Get a DUI Reduced to Reckless Driving in SC?

At the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, our main goal for anyone facing a DUI charge in South Carolina is to get the entire case dismissed and help them avoid serving any criminal penalties. However, there are some cases in which obtaining such a result is out of the question. 

Despite the evidence against you, if you are a first-time offender, your blood alcohol content (BAC) level was either precisely at or just below the legal limit, or you were polite and cooperative to the law enforcement officials during their investigation, the prosecution may offer you a plea bargain to reduce your DUI charge to a reckless driving offense. 

Reckless driving is defined as operating a vehicle with total disregard for the safety of others or property. A first conviction of reckless driving is punishable by a jail term of up to 30 days, a maximum fine of up to $200 (not including other fees), and six points to your driver’s license. 

Although a first-time DUI conviction also carries a jail sentence of up to 30 days, the maximum fine is $400 (not including other fees) and driver’s license suspension for six months. As you can see, the penalties are not as serious compared to reckless driving. 

The following are several reasons why a reckless driving charge is better than DUI/DUAC: 

  • No automatic driver’s license suspension 

  • No SR22 

  • No ignition interlock device (IID) installation 

  • Cheaper fines 

  • Less significant increase to your insurance rates 

  • A reckless driving conviction on your criminal record carries less social stigma than a DUI 

Our legal team can investigate your arrest, collect and examine the evidence, expose any weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, and help you either get your case thrown out altogether or your charges/penalties reduced. If we can develop a strong and personalized legal defense, the prosecution will be more willing to reduce your DUI charge to reckless driving. 

If you have been arrested for a DUI in Lexington or Columbia, call the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC at (888) 301-6004 or fill out our online contact form today to schedule a free consultation. Serving clients throughout South Carolina since 2004! 


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