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DUI laws in South Carolina are more complicated than you might think. South Carolina is one of 42 states with Administrative License Revocation procedures – meaning your license can be revoked immediately if your blood alcohol content is above .08 or if you refuse to take the test. Even if you’re not charged with a DUI, your license will be confiscated. You will be given a 10-day grace period, during which you are allowed to drive under a temporary permit issued by the officer who stopped you.

While you’re driving with your temporary license, you can request a hearing to challenge the case. If you do not request a hearing in that time frame, your license will be automatically suspended for six months on the 11th day.

Besides getting your license immediately revoked, there are numerous other consequences you’ll face – including being required to install an interlock device in your car if this is your second offense. Ramifications range from a misdemeanor charge for the first offense to a felony charge for the fourth.

Misdemeanor
  • BAC of 0.08% to less than 0.10%: 48 hours to 30 days in jail (possible 48 hours of public service employment in lieu of the minimum 48 hours jail time), up to $400 fine, 6 months license suspension, mandatory alcohol and drug safety action program
  • BAC of 0.10% to less than 0.16%: 72 hours to 30 days in jail (possible 48 hours of public service employment in lieu of the minimum 72 hours jail time), up to $500 in fines, 6 months license suspension, mandatory alcohol and drug safety action program
  • BAC of 0.16% or above: 30 to 90 days in jail (possible 30 days of public service employment in lieu of the minimum 72 hours jail time), up to $1,000 in fines, 6 months license suspension, mandatory alcohol and drug safety action program, interlock device required.
Misdemeanor
  • BAC of 0.08% to less than 0.10%: 5 days to 1 year in jail, $2,100 to $5,100 in fines, 1 year license suspension, 2 years ignition interlock restriction upon license reinstatement after suspension, mandatory alcohol and drug safety action program.
  • BAC of 0.10% to less than 0.16%: 30 days to 2 years in jail, $2,500 to $5,500 fine, 1 year license suspension, 2 years ignition interlock restriction upon license reinstatement after suspension, mandatory alcohol and drug safety action program.
  • BAC of 0.16% or more: 90 days to 3 years in jail, $3,500 to $6,500 fine, 1 year license suspension, 2 years ignition interlock restriction upon license reinstatement after suspension, mandatory alcohol and drug safety action program.
Misdemeanor
  • BAC of 0.08% to less than 0.10%: 60 days to 3 years in jail, $3,800 to $6,300 in fines, 2 years license suspension (4 years if within 5 years of first offense), 3 years ignition interlock restriction upon license reinstatement after suspension, mandatory alcohol and drug safety action program.
  • BAC of 0.10% to less than 0.16%: 90 days to 4 years in jail, $5,000 to $7,500 fine, 2 years license suspension (4 years if within 5 years of first offense), 3 years ignition interlock restriction upon license reinstatement after suspension, mandatory alcohol and drug safety action program.
  • BAC of 0.16% or more: 6 months to 5 years in jail, $7,500 to $10,000 in fines, 2 years license suspension (4 years if within 5 years of first offense), 3 years ignition interlock restriction upon license reinstatement after suspension, mandatory alcohol and drug safety action program.
Felony
  • BAC of 0.08% to less than 0.10%: 1 to 5 years in jail, up to $25,000 fine, permanent license revocation (may petition circuit court for reinstatement after 7 years), lifetime ignition interlock restriction if and when license is reinstated (may apply to remove interlock restriction after 10 years), mandatory alcohol and drug safety action program.
  • BAC of 0.10% to less than 0.16%: 2 to 6 years in jail, up to $25,000 fine, permanent license revocation (may petition circuit court for reinstatement after 7 years), lifetime ignition interlock restriction if and when license is reinstated (may apply to remove interlock restriction after 10 years), mandatory alcohol and drug safety action program.
  • BAC of 0.16% or more: 3 to 7 years in jail, up to $25,000 fine, permanent license revocation (may petition circuit court for reinstatement after 7 years), lifetime ignition interlock restriction if and when license is reinstated (may apply to remove interlock restriction after 10 years), mandatory alcohol and drug safety action program.

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