Strom Law Firm Columbia SC
No obligations & no credit card required

Emma’s Law – Ignition Interlock Device

SC DUI Charges: Emma’s Law. Ignition Interlock Device

The South Carolina State Legislature passed, “Emma’s Law“, in April 2014  and became effective October 1, 2014. This law established a  tougher punishment for South Carolina DUI convictions.  There are several facets of this new law, but one of the major changes is the implementation of a statewide ignition interlock device (IID) program.  The more times a person is convicted of DUI, the longer the IID remains on the car.

How Does the Ignition Interlock Device Work?

The IID is connected to the engine’s ignition system and requires that a driver breathe into the device prior to starting the vehicle.  The car physically will not start unless you take a breath alcohol test immediately before starting the car.  If the ignition interlock device records a blood alcohol level of more than .02, the car will not start.  The cost of the IID device is the responsibility of the defendant and depending on the duration required by the conviction for the IID to remain on the vehicle, the added costs to the defendant can be in the thousands.  The driver must pay for the cost of the device’s installation, maintenance, and monthly monitoring. Contact the criminal defense lawyers at the Strom Law Firm if you have questions about Emma Law or South Carolina DUI penalties.

If you are convicted of DUI in South Carolina, effective October 1, 2014, the law applies as follows:

  • If you are under 21 and it is your first offense:
    • If you blow a .02 or higher you are facing a 3 month driving suspension
    • If you refused the breath test, you will receive a 6 month suspension.
    • You can enroll in the ignition interlock program to end the suspension or denial of a license or permit.
  • If you are at least 21 and it is your first DUI offense:
    • If you blow a .15 or less, you may install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle in lieu of the mandatory suspension
    • If you blow a .15 or higher you must install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle for 6 months.
    • If you refused the breath alcohol test, you may install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle in lieu of a six-month driver license suspension.
  • If you are at least 21 and it is your second DUI offense, and you blow at least a .12 you must install an ignition interlock device for two years.
  • If you are at least 21 and it is your third DUI offense, and you blow at least a .15, you must install an ignition interlock device for three years.
  • If you are at least 21 and it is your fourth DUI offense, and you blow at least a .15, you must install an ignition interlock device FOR LIFE.
  • Felony DUI conviction where great bodily injury occurs requires the installation of an ignition interlock device for 3 years upon your release from prison.
  • Felony DUI conviction where death occurs requires the installation of an ignition interlock device for 5 years upon your release from prison.

Defending your South Carolina DUI charge is critical

The Implementation of Emma’s law makes your DUI defense even more critical.  Our experienced Columbia, South Carolina DUI attorneys are here to help you.  We offer a free, confidential consultation to discuss the facts of your South Carolina DUI arrest as well as possible consequences including mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device. We are located in Columbia but handle DUI cases state wide. 803.252.4800

How this works

Step 1 - Welcome
In this step, you'll experience a warm welcome as you enter the Strom Law Firm.
Step 2 - Initial Meeting
You'll meet with professionals. They will go through the facts of your case, explain the entire process.
Step 3 - Preparations
We builds your case by interviewing witnesses, conducting legal research, drafting pleadings, and hiring experts.
Step 4 - Trial
You'll learn that the firm is trial-ready. They've been preparing since day one and will guide you through the process.
Step 5 - Resolution
your case concludes with the firm hoping for a positive outcome. They assure enduring friendships and a commitment to being there for you, regardless of future legal needs.
No obligations & no credit card required


years combined
legal experience
0 +
awards &
0 +
in business

What Our Clients Say

They truly care
Mrs Vallery, who answered the phone took more care and attention to detail than any other law office, that I have called, in 2 years+. She diligently took notes to give to the lawyers and cared about my situation and let me actually tell everything without cutting me short. Out of over 100 law offices, this is rare treatment. Care. Consideration. That means more than anything going through this…
Professional Representation, Satisfying Legal Outcome!
My wife and I retained Bakari Sellers to represent our son in a case in Richland County. We found Mr. Sellers, his assistant Stephanie, and the rest of the staff at Strom, extremely courteous and professional. We really appreciated Mr. Sellers’ straightforward and honest approach. We believe this is a very competent law firm, and are satisfied with the legal outcome they achieved. We would highly recommend them!
Bryan B.
Exceptional Legal Team After Our Car Accident!
We retained Atty Jessica Fickling to help us after a terrible car accident. She and her paralegal Mallory were wonderful! Professional, skilled, savvy – we couldn’t have asked for a better legal team. Many thanks!!
Jocelyn C.
Strom Law Firm's Consistent Excellence
I have been a client with The Strom Law Firm for thirty years and have been incredibly blessed to have the assurance that they will do everything possible to provide excellent service to my needs. Ally Benevento is exceptional and represents the firm in a professional manner.
Timothy O.
From Self-Representation to Victory in SSDI Case!
My experience with Mario and his staff was outstanding. When everyone said to give up my case with SSDI and after being poorly represented and losing. I had to file my own appeals and represent myself. I literally called every attorney in the book. Then I called Mario cold – I expected one more no! Well, this gentleman took my case and won. He knows the law and cares a lot. I am proud to call him my friend. If you need a professional to help you, call these guys.
Robert L.
A Pleasure to Work With, Outstanding Case Outcome!
Thanks Olivia, It was a pleasure working with you. You were well prepared and presented our case in a very professional manner. I could not have ask for a better outcome. Working with everyone at the Strom Law Firm has always been a pleasure and I will be happy to recommend your Law Firm to anyone.
Nancy G.
A Lifesaver in the Courtroom, Ensuring Freedom with A1 Professionalism
Needed a lifesaver. I had gotten myself into a bad situation and the possibility of going to prison. Through the diligence and hard work done by attorney Alley B., I was able to walk out of that courtroom a free man. No tricks just hard down attorney work. She was an A1 professional and knew every inch of the Law pertaining to my case. For that, I am forever grateful.
A Winning Team at Strom Law Firm!
John Alphin was great. We basically worked together for 22 months. Bakari Sellers was also on the team and together those 2 guys were fabulous. Won the case and I’m still a client of Strom law firm. Thank you and awesome law firm.
Steve T.
Excellence in Action for Workman's Comp Case!
Strom Law Firm was really great and professional. I had a great experience with Mario as my attorney and his paralegal, Brian. These two are amazing, they worked very hard on my husband’s workman’s comp case and we were very pleased with the services and results 👍. Brian was so prompt at returning phone calls and getting things ready for the case. I strongly recommend this firm for any of your legal matters. If I had to use you guys again, I would be happy to do so.
Mary W.
Mastering Complex Legal Issues with Care and Compassion
Mario Pacella at Strom Law Firm LLC in Brunswick, Georgia, is a masterful, no-nonsense lawyer. His caring and compassionate approach, along with prompt responsiveness, sets him apart. Mario and the firm exhibit exceptional professionalism and attention to detail, emphasizing genuine care for every client.
L. Gilder
No obligations & no credit card required

Contact Us For A Free Case Evaluation

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

No obligations & no credit card required

*A consultation fee applies to employment matters