Whether you are charged with Driving Under the Influence or Driving with an Unlawful Alcohol Concentration, the state has to prove all elements of the charge beyond a reasonable doubt.
It is illegal in South Carolina to drive a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol to the extent that your faculties to drive a motor vehicle are materially and appreciably impaired or if you are under the influence of any other drug or substance.
For a First Offense, the fine is four hundred dollars plus court costs and up to 30 days in jail. S.C. Code 56-5-2930.
In addition, you will be facing a license suspension or revocation if you have more than one offense, requirement to complete an alcohol program, you may have to carry SR-22 insurance for up to 3 years. A DUI is a permanent criminal record that cannot be expunged.
Call Jordan Law Firm in Charleston, or Rock Hill, SC for a consultation to see if we can help!