When a South Carolina police officer pulls you over and arrests you for driving under the influence (DUI), you will face multiple consequences. Pleading guilty doesn’t necessarily protect you from any of the possible penalties.
Depending on your driving record, there could be a risk of jail time. The state will likely also assess fines against you and suspend your driver’s license. For many people, the loss of their license is the most significant concern when facing South Carolina DUI charges. Losing your license could affect your career and inconvenience your family. How long could you lose your driving privileges after a DUI conviction or guilty plea?
Your driving record determines the suspension
As with many criminal offenses, the penalties for DUI charges are progressive. The more prior convictions you have, the bigger the penalties. If you have never had an impaired driving conviction before, the DUI you face could lead to the loss of your license for six months.
A second DUI charge will mean a one-year driver’s license suspension. For a third or subsequent offense, the license suspension will be two years. However, if you have two other DUIs from within the last five years, the state might take your license for up to four years.
When you do get your license back, you can expect your costs to insure your vehicle will increase significantly. Losing your license can be a hardship for you and the rest of your family. It could also affect your job. Defending against DUI charges will help you avoid the consequences of a conviction.