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DUI Penalties in Columbia, South Carolina

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First DUI
Second DUI
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Fourth DUI

South Carolina DUI Penalties by Offense

If you are over 21 and you are convicted of DUI, your blood alcohol level (BAC) may be used to dictate the severity of your sentence.  Keep in mind that the fines set forth below will more than double when you add in court costs and assessments.

Penalties for First DUI Offense:

If you refuse or your BAC is below .10:

  • 48 hours to 30 days in jail. Community service can be given in lieu of the mandatory minimum jail sentence.
  • Fines of $400, plus court costs and assessments.
  • Drivers license suspension for 6 months.
  • Ignition Interlock Device‎ for refusal.

If your BAC is .10% < .15%:

  • 72 hours to a maximum 30 days in jail, although community service can be given in lieu of minimum jail time.
  • Fines of $500, plus court costs and assessments.
  • Driver’s license suspension for 6 months.
  • Ignition Interlock Device‎ for refusal.

If your BAC is .16 or higher:

  • 30 days to a maximum 90 days in jail. Community service can be given in lieu of jail sentence.
  • Fines of $1,000, plus court costs and assessments.
  • Drivers license suspension for 6 months
  • Ignition Interlock Device‎ required.

Penalties for Second DUI Offense:

Contact us for help reducing or fighting the following DUI penalties. Legal consequences are listed by ascending blood alcohol levels.

If your BAC is between .08% and .09%:

  • Jail time for a second DUI conviction can be sentenced up to one year, with a five-day minimum.
  • Fines can range from $2,100 to as much as $5,100, with loss of driving privileges.
  • Ignition Interlock Device‎ required / Vehicle immobilization.

If your BAC is between .10% and .15%:

  • Jail time for a second DUI runs up to two years, with a 30 day minimum.
  • Fines can range from $2,500 to as much as $5,500, plus court costs and assessments.
  • Drivers license suspension.
  • Ignition Interlock Device‎ required / Vehicle immobilization.

If your BAC is .16 or higher:

  • Jail time for a second DUI can sentenced up to three years, with a 90 day minimum.
  • Penalty fines can range from $3,500 to as much as $6,500, plus court costs and assessments.
  • Drivers license suspension.
  • Ignition Interlock Device‎ required / Vehicle immobilization.

Penalties for Third DUI Offense:

Contact us for help reducing or fighting the following DUI penalties. Legal consequences are listed by ascending blood alcohol levels.

If your BAC is between .08% and .09%:

  • Third DUI offenders can serve from 60 days to up to three years in prison.
  • Fines include a $3,800 minimum, up to $6,300, plus court costs and assessments.
  • Drivers license suspension.
  • Ignition Interlock Device‎ required / Vehicle immobilization.

If your BAC is between .10% and .15%:

  • Third DUI offenders can serve from 90 days to up to four years in prison.
  • Fines include a $5,000 minimum, up to $7,500, plus court costs and assessments.
  • Drivers license suspension.
  • Ignition Interlock Device‎ required / Vehicle immobilization.

If your BAC is .16 or higher:

  • Third DUI offenders can serve from 6 months to up to five years in prison.
  • Fines include a $7,500 minimum, up to $10,000, plus court costs and assessments.
  • Drivers license suspension.
  • Ignition Interlock Device‎ required / Vehicle immobilization.

Penalties for Fourth DUI or Subsequent Offense:

Contact us for help reducing or fighting the following DUI penalties. Legal consequences are listed by ascending blood alcohol levels.

If your BAC is between .08% and .09%:

  • For a fourth or subsequent DUI conviction is clarified as a felony, with 1-5 years in prison plus court costs and assessments.
  • Ignition Interlock Device for life.

If your BAC is between .10% and .15%:

  • Imprisonment for at least two years, up to six years, plus court costs and assessments.
  • Ignition Interlock Device for life.

If your BAC is .16 or higher:

  • Imprisonment for at least three years, up to seven years, plus court costs and assessments.
  • Ignition Interlock Device for life.

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