Overview of DUI First Offense
How a Columbia DUI Defense Lawyer Can Help
If you are convicted of a first offense DUI, the penalty depends on whether
you provided a
breath or blood alcohol sample and how high the reading is on said sample.
If you refuse or provide a breath sample less than .10, then you can be
incarcerated for as little as 48 hours but up to 30 days or fined up to
$400. This fine does not include court-costs and assessments, which often
bring the total amount you will be required to pay to about $1000. Likewise,
the judge has the right to sentence you to public service in lieu of the
minimum period of incarceration, but this is rare. Even if your fine and
jail time are waived, there is a non-waiveable court cost which varies
by county, but is typically around $300.
If you provide a breath sample of .10 but less than .16, then the fine
is $500 (not counting court costs and assessments) and you may be incarcerated
as little as 72 hours or up to 30 days. Public service in lieu of the
minimum period of incarceration is again available, but rarely handed down.
If you provide a breath sample higher than .16, then the fine is $1000
(not counting court costs and assessments) and you may be incarcerated
as little as 30 days or up to 90 days. Public service in lieu of the minimum
period of incarceration is again available, but rarely handed down.
In addition to the above punishments, any first-offense
DUI conviction in South Carolina will automatically cause your license to be suspended
for at least six months, force you to complete an out-patient drug/alcohol
assessment course known as ADSAP, (which costs $500) and further require
you to maintain SR-22 insurance on your car for a period of 3 years subsequent
to completing the suspension.
Defending the Criminally Accused in Columbia, SC
Have you been arrested and charged with your first DUI offense?
Columbia DUI Attorney Michael Laubshire has been representing criminally charged residents throughout
Columbia, SC for a number of years, and he can provide you with the defense
representation that you need in your case. With offices in both Columbia
and Charleston, he serves people facing DUI charges in Lexington County
and Richland County as well. He understands that there are many difficulties
associated with your situation and can provide you with the representation
you need. He has ten years of experience as a law enforcement officer
and he understands how the DUI process works better than most lawyers.
The Laubshire Law Firm, LLC also offers a
free case evaluation so that you may obtain advice and information regarding your case before
making any financial commitment. Seek their representation in your case today!