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Driving While Under the Influence Attorneys

Many people seriously frown upon driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in today’s society. Individuals convicted often face public ridicule and a diminished reputation. Unfortunately, there are even worse secondary consequences that a person charged with a DUI faces. Due to the negative stigma of a DUI charge, many defendants may face a biased jury during trial. Because of these consequences, it is even more important to find strong legal defense to represent your case.

At Truslow & Truslow, our qualified attorneys believe everyone deserves a fair and reasonable trial, regardless of the charges brought against them. Our legal team has years of experience bringing our clients a just trial by creating the strongest legal defense possible. We understand that people make mistakes, and those mistakes should not justify changing lives for the worse. Call our offices today at (803) 256-6276 to learn more about how we can benefit your DUI case.

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DUI Penalties

DUI’s hold some of the most severe penalties for both felony level and misdemeanor crimes. One DUI charge can send a person with no criminal record to jail. These penalties increase exponentially if someone dies because of the accident or if there is a child passenger. On top of the criminal punishments of a DUI, there are many secondary consequences for offenders, such as a tarnished reputation. The general guidelines for DUI penalties are as follows:

  • 1st Offense – 2-90 days imprisonment and fines up to $1,000
  • 2nd Offense – 5 days-3 years imprisonment and fines up to $6,500
  • 3rd Offense – 60 days-5 years imprisonment and fines up to $10,000
  • 4th Offense – 1-7 years imprisonment, fines up to $10,000, and permanent license suspension

After the third offense, a DUI receives a felony level classification and the penalties increase accordingly. In many instances, a person convicted of a DUI will also receive an ignition interlock device in their vehicle that inhibits vehicle operation until a sobriety test is administered.

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Contact a South Carolina DUI Attorney

If you or someone you know is facing charges in a DUI case, you must take great legal precaution to avoid a wrongful conviction. At Truslow & Truslow, we will do everything within our legal scope to provide the best legal strategy for our clients. Our law firm believes that once the facts are rightfully and truthfully proven, the American justice system will prevail. Contact our offices today at (803) 256-6276 to speak with our qualified legal professionals about your case.

Columbia DUI FAQs

Under what circumstances can a DUI be a felony?

There are a few distinct circumstances in which a DUI charge will be upgraded from a misdemeanor to a felony. If someone is driving under the influence and, in the process, inflict great bodily injury or death upon another person, they will automatically be charged with a felony DUI. The law defines great bodily injury as an injury that causes permanent impairment, the loss or impairment of an organ or limb, or an increased risk of death. In addition, if someone is charged with a DUI while there is a child in the car, they may be charged with child endangerment. If the child is injured or killed, the driver will automatically be charged with a felony. Finally, third and subsequent DUI charges within a period of 10 years will result in a felony DUI.

Will my license be suspended if I am convicted of a DUI?

For almost all DUI convictions, there will also be a mandatory loss of license from South Carolina administrative penalties. Even for first-time offenders, a DUI conviction carries a mandatory license suspension of 6 months. Under certain circumstances, your attorney may be able to successfully contest the loss of your license at an administrative hearing if you are convicted of the DUI, but this depends on the circumstances of your case. In addition to losing your license, you may additionally be required to install an ignition interlock device in your car. Because of the potential severity of these penalties, including jail time, hefty fines, a criminal record, and the loss of reputation that comes with such charges, it is imperative to have a skilled and aggressive criminal defense attorney on your side to fight for your rights.

Under what circumstances can you be charged with a DUI?

If you are caught driving with a blood alcohol content above the legal limit or have another substance in your system that is impairing you, you can be charged with a DUI. The legal alcohol limit for adults over 21 is .08% and any percentage above this number will result in a DUI charge. Additionally, for drivers under 21, the legal limit is .02% BAC, and it is .04% for those with a CDL license. Alcohol is not the only substance covered under a DUI, but illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, and MDMA, and even high levels of prescription drugs will equally land you with a DUI charge if you choose to drive while under the influence of any impairing substance.

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