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February 24, 2017


When we send our children to school, we always assume that they are safe in the care and supervision of their teachers. However, recently, students’ lives in South Carolina were put in jeopardy when a high school coach drove a school activity bus under the influence of alcohol. The driver had a blood alcohol level of .18, well over the legal limit in South Carolina. Fifteen students and three adults were on the bus. While no one was hurt, the driver will likely feel an impact from getting behind the wheel drunk for the rest of the life.


What happens when I get a DUI when driving for my job?


While the driver of the school activity bus was not a professional bus driver, when your career centers on driving, a DUI can be disastrous. Frequently a DUI results in the suspension or loss of your driver’s license. Without a valid driver’s license, you would be unable to drive legally for your job. Additionally, driving with a suspended license carries additional penalties in South Carolina.


What are the penalties for a first offense DUI in South Carolina?


According to South Carolina law, a first DUI can bring a four hundred dollar dine or imprisonment of 2 to 30 days. However, even after leaving you, will still be hit with court fees and other expenses. The penalties for a first offense DUI may be aggravated by certain factors like having children in a car or having a very high BAC. With each successive DUI, the penalties in South Carolina become more and more severe. Multiple DUIs can lead to thousands of dollars in fines and long-term imprisonment. 


In addition to criminal penalties of fines and jail time, there are also administrative penalties that are associated with DUIs. This includes a six month suspension of your license and the possible requirement of alcohol abuse classes. Also depending on the circumstances, a court may require the installation of an ignition interlock device. Ignition interlock devices, while typically reserved for multiple offenders but not uncommon for first time offenders, require a driver to blow into a breathalyzer before starting their vehicle. If the breathalyzer registers alcohol, the driver will not be able to start the car.


Criminal and administrative penalties can be overcome with the help of a lawyer. If your DUI causes injury or death to another person, however, that is something that you will have to emotionally deal with for the rest of your life.


How can an Aiken attorney help?


Whether you have been in an accident with a drunk driver or you have been charged with a DUI, drinking and driving behind the wheel can have serious lasting consequences. Our attorneys have experience in helping those who have been injured in accidents and those who have been charged for driving under the influence. No one should drink and drive, but we understand that mistakes happen and can help get you back on track.


Contact us today for a free consultation on your case.



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