The laws changed in February, 2009. The State of South Carolina currently imposes the following penalties and fines for a person convicted of a DUI.

DUI- 1st Offense:

  • A fine of $400 – $1,000 plus court costs
  • 48 hours – 90 days in jail
  • Loss of your driver’s license for 6 months to 1 year
  • ADSAP ( Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program) class program fees
  • Proof of SR-22 (high risk driver’s insurance), required for a minimum of 3 years
  • Possible loss of Your Job and Educational Benefits
  • Permanent Criminal Record for the Rest of Your Life

DUI- 2nd Offense:

  • A fine of $2100 – $6,500 plus court costs
  • 5 days – 3 years in jail
  • Loss of your driver’s license for up to 1 year
  • ADSAP (Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program) class program fees
  • Proof of SR-22 (high risk driver’s insurance), required for a minimum of 3 years
  • Vehicle Immobilization Required
  • Ignition Interlock Device Installed in your Vehicle for 2 years (Required)
  • Possible Loss of Your Job and Educational Benefits
  • Permanent Criminal Record for the Rest of Your Life

DUI- 3rd Offense:

  • A fine of $3,800 – $6,000 plus court costs
  • 60 days – 5 years in jail
  • Loss of your driver’s license for between 2 years to 4 years
  • ADSAP (Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program) class program fees
  • Proof of SR-22 (high risk driver’s insurance), required for a minimum of 3 years
  • Loss of Your Vehicle
  • Vehicle immobilization Required
  • Ignition Interlock Device Installed in your car for 3 years (Required)
  • Possible loss of Your Job and Educational Benefits
  • Permanent Criminal Record for the Rest of Your Life

The court fines and fees listed above does not include court assessments, DMV fees , higher insurance premiums or the fees for classes for the ADSAP (Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program). The permanent criminal record from a DUI means if you are a student, you could lose your scholarships, grants and loans and not be able to afford to continue in college. If you are in the military, your could lose your rank, have a reduction in pay, lose your security clearances or be cycled out of the military. If you are a professional, such as a doctor, a lawyer, nurse, insurance agent or financial advisor, you could even lose your professional license and thus lose your livelihood! Additionally, most employers will not hire or will fail to promote a person with a DUI on their permanent criminal record. A DUI conviction is not a speeding ticket that goes on your driving record only, it is a serious charge and a criminal conviction that goes on your driving record and permanent criminal record for life!

Disclaimer:

“The client is responsible for fines, fees and expenses in addition to the lawyer’s fee. In personal injury cases, the fee will be a percentage of the recovery and that percentage will be computed before deducting the expenses in the case.”

By Freddy Woods