Vehicle drivers may face administrative penalties in South Carolina if authorities catch them driving a vehicle while under the influence (DUI). DUI offenders are penalized because they endanger other motorists and themselves when they decide to drink and drive.
Administrative penalties are often imposed on DUI violators or those who refuse to undergo chemical testing and have decided to argue the case. For first-time DUI offenders, their license could be suspended for six months—longer if their Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is 0.15 percent or more. Second and third time DUI offenders, on the other hand, could have their drivers’ license suspended for a longer period of time. DUI offenders will then need to finish a course from the Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) and should settle a $100 fee to have their license validated again. DUI violators will also be required to secure SR22 insurance for three years once they have their license back following a suspension.
DUI offenders should also note that aside from administrative penalties, criminal penalties could also be imposed upon them if their actions resulted in serious physical injuries or property damage. The Truslow & Truslow lawyers in Columbia understand the repercussions of a DUI. If you are facing such a charge, call us today at (803) 256-6276 to find out how we may work for you.