DUI Attorney – Sumter & Columbia, SC

Regardless of where you live, if you are a driver in America, operating a vehicle while impaired is against the law. However, each state has a slightly different definition of what constitutes driving under the influence (DUI), as well as the penalties for a DUI offense. In most cases, the consequences that you will face after a DUI arrest can be life changing and could cause you to lose your job. If you have been arrested for and charged with a DUI offense in South Carolina, you need an experienced DUI attorney, like attorney Marc Brown on your side. Contact us today to request a free consultation.

What Is a DUI Under South Carolina Law?

In South Carolina, a person commits a DUI offense when they operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol “to the extent that the person’s faculties are materially and appreciably impaired.” This does not necessarily mean that a person has a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .08 percent or above (the legal limit in most states). However, if an individual does have a BAC of .08 percent or above, it will be inferred that they are driving under the influence.

In addition to being under the influence of alcohol to the extent that one’s faculties and abilities to safely operate a motor vehicle are impaired, it is also against the law to be under the influence of any substance, including both illegal and prescription drugs, to the extent that one’s faculties are impaired.

Penalties for a DUI Conviction

If a person is convicted of driving under the influence in South Carolina, they will face a range of penalties. Potential consequences for a DUI conviction in our state include:

  • Up to 90 days in jail
  • Six-month driver’s license suspension
  • Fines of up to $1,000 (this amount does not include additional assessments and surcharges)

The above penalties are for a first-offense DUI. A second or subsequent DUI offense will be penalized more harshly. 

DUI Defenses & How an Attorney Can Help

There are numerous defenses to a DUI charge. As a knowledgeable DUI lawyer, Marc Brown can review your case to determine which defenses, if any, are relevant to your case. Some defenses that can result in having charges against you dropped or reduced, a conviction of “not guilty,” or evidence against you suppressed include:

  • You were illegally pulled over and stopped
  • No BAC information (i.e. you refused to submit to blood or breath testing)
  • Incorrect breathalyzer/blood alcohol results
  • You weren’t actually impaired
  • You were asked to perform a non-sanctioned field sobriety test
  • You had no knowledge of the impairment—i.e. you were drugged by someone else, took a prescription without knowing the side effects, etc.

Attorney Marc Brown can help you understand the charges against you, discuss possible defenses to those charges, and guide you on how to build your case. He can also negotiate with the prosecution to strike a plea deal, which may be important to the overall outcome of your case.

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At the Marc Brown Law Firm, our DUI attorney is ready to advocate for you. To learn more about the charges you are facing and what steps to take next, contact us today to set up an initial consultation.

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