The Consequences Of First-Time DUI

South Carolina takes impaired driving seriously, and penalties for even a first-time driving under the influence (DUI) conviction are harsh. At a minimum, you could face hundreds of dollars in fines and as much as 30 days in jail. There are many factors that influence a DUI sentence, including your blood alcohol content (BAC) level at the time of arrest.

Our firm, Hucks Law Firm, has represented many DUI clients successfully. Our founding lawyer, J. Scott Hucks, understands how the prosecutor will evaluate your case and will help you mount a defense that will address both the criminal and administrative consequences that come with a DUI charge.

Factors That Can Aggravate A First-Time DUI Charge

In South Carolina, not all DUI arrests are created equal. Your arrest could lead to a more or less severe sentence if convicted, based on whether or not the following conditions were present:

  • Taking a field sobriety test, which simply allows law enforcement to gather more evidence against you
  • Answering police questions without an attorney present to guide you
  • Possession of an open container of alcohol in your car, or illegal drugs such as marijuana
  • Being argumentative or noncooperative with law enforcement during the traffic stop

Administrative Penalties For First-Time DUI Convictions

The state considers administrative penalties for DUI separately from criminal sentencing. Our firm will assist you in defending yourself against both administrative and criminal penalties. The biggest challenges you will face on the administrative side are:

  • License suspension lasting as long as six months (and can be indefinite with a BAC of 0.16 or greater)
  • Placement in a high-risk insurance pool
  • Mandated motor safety or drug treatment classes and programs
  • Having a serious violation placed on your driving record
  • The possibility of being suspended or expelled from college
  • A DUI conviction showing up on your criminal background checks from now on

Why Fight A First-Time DUI Charge?

It is important to hire a criminal defense lawyer to represent you during your initial DUI case. A second-time DUI conviction in South Carolina is much more severe and has more long-lasting consequences.

Contact Us

Our firm represents DUI clients in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and greater Horry County. Call us at 843-213-6204 or use our convenient online form to set up an appointment today.