If you have been charged with a DUI in the state of South Carolina, you will have had your drivers' license temporarily revoked. The amount of time for which you will have your drivers' license suspended will depend on a number of factors. These factors include whether this was your first offense, and how intoxicated you were found to be at the scene.
Being unable to drive can completely alter your life, and it may affect your ability to carry out meaningful work or care for loved ones. The courts in South Carolina are sympathetic to this, but their main objective is to keep the roads safe for other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. However, it may be possible to gain a provisional license while your full license is suspended under certain terms.
What suspensions am I subject to?
If this DUI is your first offense, you will have your drivers' license suspended for six months. For a second offense, you will be subject to a nine month suspension and you will not be eligible for a provisional license. If you are charged with a felony DUI, you will be banned from all driving privileges for three years.
What is a provisional license?
If you successfully gain a provisional license, you will be able to drive your car legally under certain circumstances. Therefore, you will not have the freedoms associated with a full drivers' license. However, you will be able to make necessary trips, such as driving to and from work. This can make a huge difference to your life, and can potentially prevent you from losing your job as a result of a suspended license.
Am I eligible to gain a provisional license in South Carolina?
In order to gain a provisional license after a DUI in South Carolina, this must have been your first offense. In addition, you should not have any other pending suspensions, and you must pay the associated fees.
If you have been charged with a DUI for the first time in South Carolina, it is important that you understand your legal rights and take appropriate action.