Sometimes Connecticut residents travel to other states, like South Carolina, for business or pleasure and have the unfortunate luck to be charged with a DUI. If this happens to you, you should first find a qualified DUI lawyer in South Carolina, but you should also be aware of how Connecticut’s DMV will treat you upon your return.
South Carolina DUI Penalties
If you have been convicted of a DUI in South Carolina, you would be convicted of violating S.C. Code Ann. §56-5-2930.
In South Carolina, the penalties for DUI can range depending on the number of prior DUI offenses you have.
First offense: A first offense DUI in the state of South Carolina will result in a fine of $400 or a jail sentence of 48 hours to 30 days. 48 hours of community service can substitute for the 48-hour jail sentence. Your license will also be suspended for six months.
Second offense: This conviction carries with it a fine between $2,100 and $5,100, as well as a prison sentence of between five days and one year. You will also lose your license for one year.
Third offense: A third offense will result in a fine of between $3,800 and $6,300 and imprisonment for no less than 60 days and no more than three years. In addition, your license will be suspended for two years.
Fourth/subsequent offense: A fourth or subsequent offense is punishable by a term of imprisonment between one year and five years. You will permanently lose your license by your fourth offense.
If you are a Connecticut resident who has been charged with or convicted of DUI in South Carolina, you should be aware that there are repercussions on your Connecticut license in your home state in addition to any license impact in South Carolina as set forth above.
After hiring a South Carolina DUI lawyer to help you fight your DUI, you should consider contacting a Connecticut DUI lawyer like our firm with experience in interstate DMV consequences or asking us to assist you in retaining one for your home state consequences.