Underage Drinking & Driving in S.C.

South Carolina Has A Zero Tolerance Policy

Any person under the age of 21 who drives a motor vehicle after drinking alcohol faces a zero tolerance policy for drinking and driving.

It only takes a blood alcohol concentration of .02 to be charged with penalties for underage drinking and driving. Underage drivers will automatically have their license suspended for at least 3 months.

Consequences of Underage DUI

If you are under 21 and and your blood alcohol (BAC) is at least .02 and less than .08

  • License (or permit) suspended or withheld for three months for a first offense; six months for a second offense within five years.
  • License suspended for six months if chemical test is refused during a first offense; a one-year suspension if it’s the second offense within five years.

However, it is important for you to know that you are entitled to Administrative Hearing to seek reinstatement of your driving privileges while your case is pending.

If you are under 21 and your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08 or higher, you may be arrested for drunk driving and prosecuted under South Carolina’s Drunk Driving Laws.

Underage Drinking Convictions

A conviction for underage drinking can have lasting consequences.

  • A student who has been convicted and/or pled guilty to an alcohol or drug related offense will not be eligible for a LIFE scholarship after the expiration of one academic year from the date of the adjudication, conviction or plea.
  • A driver who is over the age of 18 but under 21 charged with DUI may additionally be charged with child endangerment and subject to additional criminal penalties if they are carrying a passenger younger than 16.
  • A conviction for underage drinking and driving may ruin potential career opportunities.

Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney
for Underage Drinking Arrest

South Carolina’s strict zero tolerance policy and the future implications of an underage drinking conviction make it critical that you contact a South Carolina underage drinking lawyer to protect your rights. The Criminal Defense attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC provide a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case.  Call us today to see how we can help.

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  2. […] A driver who is over the age of 18 but under 21 charged with DUI may additionally be charged with child endangerment and subject to additional criminal penalties if they are carrying a passenger younger than 16. The underage DUI suspect could also face reckless endangerment charges, charges for being a minor in possession of drugs or alcohol, or vehicle violations. If you are over 21 years old and you distributed alcohol to a minor which led to an underage DUI charge or accident, you could face serious charges of child endangerment and distributing alcohol to minors, which can lead to a revoked driver’s license or business license. […]

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