If a South Carolina driver is suspected of driving while intoxicated, the potential consequences are significant. A conviction could result in fines, jail and the suspension of one’s driver’s license. It is not uncommon for people who are arrested on DUI charges to be unsure of what to expect and what steps to take without jeopardizing the case.
Time behind bars is compulsory after a conviction for a second offense. Also, the driver’s license will be revoked for one year. After that period, an interlock device must to be installed before the person can drive again. Along with these penalties a DUI conviction may adversely affect various facets of the person’s life, including scholarships, employment opportunities, car insurance premiums and more.
The financial impact can also be severe. In some circumstances it is possible to get a restricted license to enable driving to school or work, but the driver will have to complete an Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program (ADSAP). For three years after the suspension period, he or she must carry SR-22 insurance at a cost of as much as $4,000 per year.
For these reasons, it is important to retain the services of an experienced DUI defense attorney to advocate on your behalf. The law firm of Christopher A. Wellborn, P.A provides support and guidance for those in South Carolina who are facing drunk driving charges. Christopher Wellborn has 25 years of experience as a former prosecutor and has successfully defended many first time offenders, helping many to avoid convictions.