DUI In South Carolina
If you get behind the wheel of a vehicle under the influence of drugs–prescribed or otherwise, you can be charged with Driving Under the Influence. Many states, including ours, are cracking down on DUI charges, and are instituting more and more laws to make this a much more straight-forward offense. Something to also keep in mind is that if you’re under the influence of any illegal drug, you could also be charged with drug charges (criminal charges, which, in SC, can be extraordinarily harsh if found guilty of them).
Penalties of DUI Conviction:
The same penalties for DUID or sleep driving are the same as our DUI laws. SC takes these cases incredibly seriously, and has a zero-tolerance policy for drunk driving, or driving under the influence of drugs. The possible penalties include:
- Suspended or revoked license or permit;
- Prison sentence;
- Monetary fine;
- Mandatory drug and alcohol education programs;
- Community service; and/or
- SR-22 insurance.
Keep in mind, your future and career could be at stake due to you loss of drivers license and criminal record.
How Do I Get Charged?
If you’re pulled over and arrested for a DUI, you will be asked to take a screening test, during which, they test your urine for the presence of drugs. Many of these cases depend on circumstantial evidence such as how you were driving, your appearance when pulled over by the arresting officer, a field sobriety test, the result of you chemical screening, and testimony of an expert.
Due to all of this, if you’re arrested and charged with DUI, it’s critical that you contact a DUI Attorney ASAP. They will aggressively fight to protect your future and make sure the evidence brought against you is more than circumstantial.