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Is a DUI a Criminal Offense in South Carolina? Greenville Law Firm

Price Law Firm
James H. Price IV and E. Powers Price provide legal services for Greenville SC citizens who were stopped and arrested for DUI by SC law enforcement. They offer consultations for your drunk driving case.

The immediate answer to is a DUI a criminal offense in SC is YES IT IS. And if you eventually are convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, this fact can stay on your criminal record for life.

Your friends may tell you that a DUI conviction “falls off” your record in three years. Probably what they are referring to is your SC driving record. When it comes to your criminal record a DUI conviction in South Carolina stays visible permanently. This means that when you apply for a new job your future employer can see you were convicted of drunk driving no matter how many years ago it was.

The State of South Carolina also uses a 10-year “washout” period or “look-back” period for counting DUI offenses on your driving record. If your DUI conviction is older than ten (10) years, it may not count as a prior offense for criminal sentencing purposes, but it will still be on your lifetime driving record and criminal conviction history.

However, any conviction for a 2nd DUI in ten years will have mandatory increased punishment, over whatever your 1st DUI conviction required. Likewise, the restrictions and impact on your driving privileges will be longer and more onerous than for the DUI first offense.

For nearly the last decade, the Palmetto State has had a 3rd DUI felony offense if that third DUI occurred within the past decade. For counting purposes, the SC DMV looks at “dates-of-arrest” to determine what constitutes a felony third offense DUI in SC. With such cases, jail time is lengthy and the impact on driving offenses will be painful.

So, that conviction will show up on your criminal record for life. Currently, South Carolina has no expungement option. In other States expungement means that your first offense DUI conviction can be removed from your criminal record. That is not the case in South Carolina. Now you know the answer to, “Is DUI a criminal offense?”

DUI defense lawyers at the Price Law Firm have been practicing drunk driving and drugged driving criminal defense law for over 100 years. We are located in downtown Greenville, SC.

Call now to speak with our criminal attorneys near me in Upstate SC, and receive your consultation lawyer phone call, virtual meeting or in-person consult with our South Carolina criminal lawyers. Contact us at (864) 271-3535.

Our Greenville South Carolina criminal defense firm handles both misdemeanor and felony cases. When we meet with you during your initial consultation and case review, we will gather the facts about what happened, and also look at the charges that appear on your citations.Typically during a DUI arrest you are charged with more than just drunk driving . You may have several citations that were given to you as you left jail. For example, you also can be charged with improper lane change, reckless driving, speeding, or running a red light. When we represent you, we will fight all charges.

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