South Carolina Has A Zero-Tolerance Policy for Underage Drinking
Any person under the age of 21 who drives a motor vehicle after drinking alcohol faces a zero-tolerance policy for drinking and driving (DUI) in Columbia South Carolina.
Underage drivers who have a blood alcohol concentration of .02 can be charged with DUI.
Consequences of Underage DUI
If you are under 21 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 breath test (Datamaster test) is refused during a first offense; one-year suspension for a second offense within five years.
If you are under 21 and your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08 or higher, you may be arrested for driving under the influence and prosecuted using the law under the SC state statute.
Underage DUI 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 the 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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