DUI Lawyer | Underage DUIs in South Carolina
South Carolina DUI laws are similar to everywhere else in the country—if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is over .08%, you can be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. For drivers under the age of 21, however, the penalties can be strict and expensive. If you’re underage and been arrested for a DUI, you need an experienced DUI lawyer to handle your case.
Rules and Penalties for Underage DUI
Any driver under 21 who has a BAC between .02% and .08% can be arrested for underage DUI even if they do not seem impaired. Penalties for underage DUI are strict; however, they do not result in jail time or court fines. Instead, there are many penalties against their driver’s license and alcohol treatment is required.
As soon as a driver under 21 submits to a chemical test, their license will be automatically and immediately suspended for three months when it is the first offense. Second offenses will result in a six-month suspension. If a driver refuses to submit to a test, the license is suspended for six months automatically on the first offense and one year on the second offense.
Additionally, every person convicted of an underage DUI is required to enroll in an Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program. Participants receive an alcohol evaluation and will get a recommended treatment plan that they must follow.
Underage DUIs are not handled through the criminal courts unless injuries or property damage is involved. Regular underage DUIs are handled through the DMV administratively without a judge or trial or any criminal convictions. If any damage or injuries happened during the DUI, contact a DUI lawyer that can help prepare your defense. Objections to the administrative actions of the DMV must be filed within 30 days of a DUI, so getting a DUI lawyer quickly is imperative if you are looking to stop the DMV from proceedings against you.
Get a DUI Lawyer
If you or your teenager has been pulled over and cited for an underage DUI, call the Law Offices of Peter David Brown as soon as possible at 843-971-0099.