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If you have been charged with DUI, it is crucial you retain experienced presentation right away. Our team can investigate your arrest and the procedures used by law enforcement. If you are convicted, you may face high fines, a criminal conviction on your record, increased insurance rates and the possibility of a jail sentence. At the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, we represents clients who have been charged with DUI or driving with an unlawful alcohol concentration (DUAC).

Additionally, we handle cases involving the following:

Depending on your charge, you may lose your legal right to fully challenge your case as early as ten days after your arrest. Call us right away to begin you case.

South Carolina DUI Penalties

The penalties for those convicted for first-time DUI in South Carolina are dependent on the blood alcohol content (BAC) that police are able to establish in court. Typically, the police obtain the BAC level from the reading provided by the breathalyzer machine. According to South Carolina DUI Law (S.C. Code §56-5-2930)

A person found with a BAC of <0.10 can face the following:

  • A fine of approximately $992 or imprisonment for no less than 48 hours or more than 30 days

A person found with a BAC of 0.10 - 0.16 can face:

  • A fine of approximately $1,227 or imprisonment for not less than 72 hours of more than 30 days

A person found with a BAC of >0.16 can face:

  • A fine of approximately $2,480 or imprisonment for not less than 30 days or more than 90 days

The penalties continue to escalate for repeat offenders, and by the time individuals reach their fourth offense the maximum penalties include a mandatory three to seven year imprisonment.

In addition to the criminal penalties, there are also the administrative penalties. These include:

  • Mandatory license suspensions
  • High insurance rates
  • Costly expensive alcohol and drug education course
  • A suspended commercial driver's license

Possible Companion Charges

If you have been charged with a DUI, there may be other charges that accompany your offense. There are several charges that may accompany a DUI and may be prosecuted at the same time. These may include:

  • ABC violations
  • Child endangerment
  • Driving under suspension
  • Gun charges
  • Failure to stop for a blue light
  • Hit and run
  • Open container
  • Resisting arrest
  • Simple marijuana possession
  • Taillight / taglight violations

These companion charges may serve to substantially increase the prospective jail times and/or fines you face. Some may include an additional driver's license suspension period.

Administrative License Suspension in South Carolina

If you refused the police officer's request to submit to a breath sample or if you submitted and registered a 0.15 or higher, your license will be suspended for a period of six months or longer. This is in addition to any suspension that you may incur as a result of your DUI charge. If you allow this suspension to stand, you will also be required to register and complete an alcohol course called ADSAP prior to ever regaining your license. This is due to South Carolina's implied consent law.

To protect our client's rights, we file a request to challenge the implied consent suspension with the South Carolina Administrative Law Court. Within seven to ten days of this request being received by the court, you may be eligible to receive a full, unrestricted license pending the outcome of your implied consent hearing. At this hearing, the officer will have to provide legal proof to the hearing officer to have the suspension upheld. This cannot always be done, and if the suspension is rescinded, you can continue to drive pending the outcome of your DUI case. If the suspension is reinstated for any reason you may be still be eligible for a restricted license.

Contact our firm today if you face DUI or related charges in Lexington, South Carolina. 

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