South Carolina DUI Laws, Fines and Penalties
1 year license suspension
Disclaimer: While we strive to keep this information up to date and accurate, it’s important to understand that it’s based on your states legislature. Your local courts, judges, district attorneys office and even local law enforcement will have a huge impact on how the law is actually applied in any given case. No amount of legal information can replace the advice of a local attorney familiar with DUI cases in your area.
Can you plead to a lesser offense than DUI in South Carolina?
No, a plea bargain for a conviction of “wet reckless ” (reckless driving involving alcohol) is barred by statute in South Carolina.
Drinking and Driving Laws in South Carolina
It is illegal in the State of South Carolina to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or above. The limit is lower for commercial drivers and drivers under the age of 21. The .08 limit is the standard measurement of the “impaired” driver throughout the United States. In addition to alcohol, it is also illegal to drive in the State of South Carolina under the influence of controlled substances such as marijuana, cocaine, inhalants and other intoxicating substances.
How many drinks does it take to reach the legal limit in South Carolina? There isn’t one correct answer to this question, there are calculators and tables that can serve as a reference, however these devices cannot predict with certainty what your exact BAC level will be at a given time. There are many factors that contribute to an individuals BAC score, including weight, sex, body-fat percentage and the time interval between drinks. Studies have show that a persons BAC could go up between .01-.05 percent for each drink taken. The fact is it takes very little alcohol to become legally drunk and each drink taken is a another step closer to becoming an “impaired” driver.
The best answer is not to drink and drive. The State of South Carolina has strict laws for drunk driving, and when you drink and drive in South Carolina, you risk your freedom, finances and your future.
Changes in the South Carolina Drunk Driving Law
On 04/28/08 the Governor of South Carolina signed House Bill 3496. This bill revises the period of time a person’s privilege to drive must be suspended when he refuses to submit to a chemical DUI test. The new bill also relates to an administrative hearing and the immobilization of a motor vehicle owned by a person who has been convicted of driving under the influence. The bill also increases the fee for reregistering an immobilized motor vehicle and relates to videotaping a breath test. In addition the bill also requires a person to pay for costs of a breath test and relates to a restricted license and payment for alcohol treatment services.