Serious Defense For Escalated DUI Charges
A DUI charge alone carries serious potential consequences. If you have past DUI convictions on your record, or if the circumstances surrounding your arrest involve something more than a simple DUI, the potential penalties increase significantly. That is why it is important to have a lawyer in your corner with the experience to take on these complex cases.
At The Law Offices of Marion M. Moses, LLC, our attorney has been handling criminal law matters for more than 18 years. With past experience as a prosecutor, our lawyer knows how the other side develops a case and how to effectively challenge the evidence every step of the way.
Penalties For Repeat DUI Offenders
South Carolina treats DUI cases seriously, especially if you have prior drunk driving convictions on your record. The penalties increase substantially with each subsequent conviction. For example:
Second offense: You face the possibility of up to one year in jail and increased fines. You must attend a state-approved substance abuse program and will be required to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. Your license will also be suspended for one year and you will not be eligible to apply for a restricted driver’s permit.
Third offense: A third offense is considered to be a felony, and you will serve time in jail. Fines will also increase in addition to all of the other penalties mentioned above. Also, your driver’s license will be suspended for two years with no possibility of applying for a restricted driver’s permit.
Fourth offense: This is also charged as a felony and carries a minimum of one year in jail. You will face an even greater increase in fines as well as all of the other penalties mentioned above, and your license will be revoked for life.
It is important to keep in mind that South Carolina has a “lookback” period of 10 years. That is if you have a DUI conviction on your record that is less than 10 years old, and you are subsequently charged with a DUI, you will be considered a repeat offender.
Enhanced DUI Charges
Even if you have a spotless criminal record, you can still face felony or enhanced DUI charges in certain circumstances, including:
- Having a child in the car
- Causing a crash that results in injury or death
- A blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or higher
- DUI while driving on a suspended license
Remember, these penalties are not a foregone conclusion. It may be possible to get the charges reduced. There may be facts in your favor to fight for an acquittal in court. We can help you explore your options, so you can make the most informed decision about how to move forward.
Charged With Drunk Driving? Contact Us.
If you have been charged with a repeat DUI or face enhanced DUI penalties, we will fight to protect your rights and your future. To schedule a free consultation, call our law offices in Columbia at 803-771-7011. You may also contact us online.