A conviction for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol carries many serious consequences, including costly fines, suspension of driving privileges, and incarceration. A person can be charged for a DUI if police determine that he or she was operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, or if under the legal drinking age of 21, with a BAC of 0.02% or higher. Below are some of the common questions people ask when facing the challenges of a DUI case.

Will I Be Able To Drive Prior To My Trial?

Refusal to submit to a breathalyzer or blood test, or a charge of DUI will result in the suspension of your driver license for six months. There are, however, some alternative options which will permit you to drive, including but not limited to, temporary alcohol licenses and route restricted licenses. Please realize that requests for these types of licenses must be made to the South Carolina Administrative Law Court within thirty days of the date of your arrest. The attorneys at Barth, Ballenger and Lewis, L.L.P. are prepared to advise you as to the best license options and assist you in the administrative process.

Is DUI A Felony Offense In South Carolina?

If an impaired driver causes grievous bodily injury or death, he or she can be charged with a felony.

What Are The Consequences Of A DUI Conviction?

The consequences of a DUI conviction depend on a number of factors, including the number of DUI offenses, or if anyone is injured or killed as a result of your impaired driving.

If this is your first offense, penalties may include:

  • $400 to $1000 in fees
  • 2 – 90 days in jail
  • 6 month suspension of your driver license.

If driving while intoxicated caused serious injury or death:

  • $5100 - $25000 in fines
  • 30 days – 25 years imprisonment
  • 3 – 5 years driver license suspension

Do I Need A Lawyer?

It is strongly recommended that you seek representation from a reputable lawyer such as the legal experts at Barth, Ballenger and Lewis when dealing with a DUI charge. A knowledgeable lawyer will evaluate the criminal investigation and build a solid defense, and work to minimize penalties when they occur.

If you or someone you know is facing a DUI charge, trust the legal professionals at Barth, Ballenger and Lewis to work for you to get the best possible outcome. Contact us to today to get started on your case.