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South Carolina Drunk Driving Law

Highlights of South Carolina's DWI Law

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Updated February 09, 2014

Here are highlights from South Carolina law on driving while under the influence (SC Code section 56-5-2930). Click on the links for further explanation of the legal terms associated with drunk driving in South Carolina.

'Per Se' BAC Level: .08

Zero Tolerance BAC Level: .02

Enhanced Penalty BAC Level: .18

Implied Consent Law: Yes

License Suspension 1st Offense: 6 months

License Suspension 2nd Offense: 1 year

License Suspension 3rd Offense: 2 years

Mandatory Jail Time after 2nd offense: Yes

Mandatory Alcohol Education: Possible

Mandatory Assessment/Treatment: Possible

Possible Ignition Interlock: Yes

Possible Vehicle Confiscation: After 4th offense

Hardship License while license suspended: No

Open Container Law: For driver and passengers

These are highlights of the main provisions of South Carolina law pertaining to drunk driving. Other factors can increase the penalties for drunk driving, such as if an injury or death occurred, or if a child was endangered.

If you have been arrested for drunk driving in South Carolina, contact an attorney in your area to determine you rights and responsibilities.

Source: SC Code section 56-5-2930

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