Columbia DUI Attorney Works to Reduce Your Drunk Driving Penalties
A charge for driving under the influence can ruin your future
No one intends to get arrested for drunk driving, but sometimes a simple good time with friends can result in an arrest that threatens your future and livelihood. The penalties for DUI can be severe in South Carolina. The loss of your license and a conviction that appears on your background check can drastically affect your employment opportunities. Don't let this happen to you. The Law Offices of Marion M. Moses, LLC provides legal defense services to South Carolinians and out-of-state residents accused of driving under the influence. We are adept at having penalties reduced or dismissed.
What are the consequences of a DUI conviction?
An arrest for DUI can cause major hardships. The fines can be high and a conviction could result in the suspension of your license. Recovery of your driving privileges can take time. Relying on others or on public transportation after losing your license can cause inconvenience and additional costs. And if you're convicted of a DUI following an accident, you may be liable to additional criminal charges and lawsuits.
Before trying to handle a DUI case on your own, we strongly encourage you to speak to the Law Offices of Marion M. Moses, LLC regarding your situation. We are experienced in handling drunk driving and traffic violation cases and can advise you about your rights and options.
What are the penalties for repeat drunk driving offenses in South Carolina?
The law holds severe penalties for repeat drunk driving offenders. After February 10, 2009, the South Carolina DUI statute changed to a three-level tiered penalty system, meaning that the consequences for an arrest or conviction differ depending on the level of alcohol in your system.
The penalties for a DUI conviction are organized as follows:
- First offense -- A first-time offense results in a suspended license for six months, a minimum fine of $400 and a maximum jail sentence of 30 days.
- Second offense -- A second offense results in a suspended license for one year, a maximum fine of $5,100 and up to three years in jail, depending on the level of intoxication.
- Third offense -- A third offense results in a suspended license for two years, fines of up to $10,000 and a jail sentence ranging from two months to five years.
- Fourth offense -- A fourth offense results in a driver permanently losing their license and a jail sentence of one to seven years.
If you have been convicted of DUI in the past and are facing an additional charge, consulting with the Law Offices of Marion M. Moses, LLC is in your best interests. We are experienced at defending clients accused of drunk driving and work hard to keep your record clean.
Dealing with license suspension
Your driver license can be suspended following a DUI or drunk driving arrest, even if you have not yet had a hearing. A refusal to take a requested Breathalyzer® test results in an automatic suspension of your license. In many cases, you cannot recover your license until the end of the suspension period. Attorney Moses is experienced with handling DUI cases and can help determine if the circumstances of your case may justify early license recovery.
Call us today for a free initial consultation in the Columbia, Lexington and surrounding areas if you are facing DUI penalties
Do not let severe DUI penalties threaten your future and your livelihood. The Law Offices of Marion M. Moses, LLC provides representation in DUI cases. We help our clients deal with these serious charges and avoid high penalties. Contact us online today or call us at 803.771.7011 to schedule a free initial consultation about your case.