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Columbia South Carolina DUI Defense Law Blog

Can I challenge the results of a blood test after a DUI?

In most situations, suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is verified by a Breathalyzer test. This often occurs on the side of a road when a person has been pulled over for one reason or another.

However, there are times when a blood test may be deemed necessary. This might be true for circumstances where drug use is suspected, or when a person is unable to perform the Breathalyzer test for medical reasons -- for example, if they are suffering from a decreased lung capacity.

Subsequent DUI offenses in South Carolina

In the state of South Carolina, charges for driving under the influence of alcohol are relatively harsh. Drivers can end up with a criminal record after their first offense when being caught driving under the influence, and there are strict zero tolerance laws relating to drivers under the age of 21.

If you have been accused of a subsequent DUI offense in the state of South Carolina, it is understandable that you may be worried about the consequences. While the consequences of a successful conviction can be quite serious, it is important to know that a strong defense, depending on the circumstances, can have the potential to change that.

DUI arrests and administrative license hearings

When you have been found to be driving under the influence of alcohol in South Carolina, you will be subject to a DUI arrest. When this happens you will probably be thinking primarily about the criminal charges you are facing and what these charges will mean for your future.

However, it is important that as a person convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol, you have other duties in relation to the law. You will have a certain amount of time in order to request an administrative hearing with the South Carolina DMV office. In doing this, you will be able to avoid a more lengthy suspension of your drivers' license.