In South Carolina, arrests for driving under the influence tend to be fairly unforgiving. While it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, you can still be arrested for a lower BAC if you display physical signs consistent with intoxication or erratic driving patterns. Consequences of a DUI arrest are already severe, and can include both criminal and civil penalties, but these ramifications are exacerbated if there is a child passenger in the car. South Carolina has a sentence enhancement statute for DUIs that involve a passenger who is a minor, a provision that only goes from bad to worse if the police argue that your intoxication caused an accident that resulted in great bodily harm.
Charges for a DUI arrest can be intimidating, especially if you were implicated while driving with a passenger under the age of sixteen. Charges of this nature warrant the counsel of an adept Columbia DUI with a child passenger attorney who is well-versed in the various stipulations of South Carolina’s DUI laws. Fortunately, the defense lawyers at Truslow & Truslow have decades of understanding handling intoxicated driving cases and can help guide you through the legal process of combatting these charges.
After accumulating 12 points, the DMV could possibly suspend your license!
South Carolina’s DUI statutes include a stipulation on child endangerment that comes into effect when an adult over eighteen years old drives intoxicated with one or more passengers under sixteen. Under these conditions, a child endangerment charge increases the penalties for a DUI charge in the following ways:
If the child passenger suffers bodily harm during the alleged period of intoxicated driving, the offense then becomes a Class 4 Felony and may result in a minimum $2,500 fine and 1-3 years of jail time. These are harsh consequences and the prospect of facing them is daunting. However, you do not have to go through this troubling time by yourself.
Being convicted of a DUI charge in combination with a child endangerment charge has the potential to be life-altering. At Truslow & Truslow, our knowledgeable DUI attorneys can help you through this difficult process and provide effective counsel for those arrested for DUI with a child passenger. Contact our Columbia offices at (803) 256-6276 to discuss the particulars of your case and learn more about your options.