When convicted of a DUI in South Carolina most people will get consequences including having to install an ignition interlock device or having their driver’s license suspended for six months or longer. However, during this time, people can’t go about their daily lives waiting for their suspension to be up. Often, judges in South Carolina reprimand DUIs convicts to DUI intervention services such as The Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program. A Charleston DUI lawyer can help their clients understand how to get started in the process.
What Are Driver Intervention Services?
Every South Carolina driver convicted of a DUI must complete the Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program (ADSAP) in order to qualify to get their driver’s license back or uninstall their interlock ignition device (IID). The program is designed to educate drivers on highway safety, treatment services for alcoholics and drug abusers, and intervention to avoid more DUIs in the future.
In South Carolina you have 30 days after your DUI conviction to enroll in ADSAP but your Charleston DUI lawyer may advise you to start right away so you can complete the program as soon as possible. If you do not enroll in a program within 30 days a notice will be sent to your judge and you could be found in contempt of court. Most participants can complete the program before their driver’s license suspension is up; however, some take up to 12 months to finish. If your suspension is only for 6 months and you take longer to complete ADSAP, you will not be able to get your license back until you meet your goals and graduate the program.
There is also a fee to the program of $500 and treatment services can be as much as $2,000. The law does give a maximum cost of $2,500 that can be charged for ADSAP services. Your Charleston DUI lawyer may be able to help you get a provisional driver’s license as you are going through the program to help ensure you can complete the requirements.
If you need help navigating your DUI, call The Law Office of Peter David Brown at 843-806-0899.