Will I go to jail if I am convicted of a DUI or DUAC charge in South Carolina?

The answer will mainly depend on whether you have any prior DUI or DUAC arrests and the blood-alcohol concentration determined in your case. However, there may be other factors that a court considers.

For instance, many first-time and even-second time DUI / DUAC offenders may be able to perform community service in lieu of serving an active sentence. However, if you have three or more convictions, you will serve jail time.

The amount of time you receive in a sentence will depend on your blood-alcohol concentration (BAC). For instance, the penalties increase in severity as you go from a BAC of 0.10 or less to a BAC of 0.10 to 0.16 to a BAC of 0.16 or higher.

The consequences you may face would also depend on whether your impaired driving caused an accident (as well as whether anyone was injured or killed in the crash), whether you had a child in your car at the time of your arrest and other factors.

Your lawyer from Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., would seek the most lenient punishment possible in your case.

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