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UNDERSTANDING DUI, SOUTH CAROLINA

In South Carolina it is never illegal to drink and drive. The question is how much can you drink and drive? Every state has laws about drinking and driving often called DUI or DWI (driving while intoxicated). The penalties are severe and include: jail time, high fines, loss of driver's license, and probation.

The first state to make DUI laws was New York in 1910. The remaining states soon followed suit and made laws which prohibited a driver from operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. But what did "intoxicated" mean?

Government studies in the 1930's concluded a driver with a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) of .15% or more was intoxicated. Anything less than .15% meant the driver was not intoxicated. Non-scientific groups including the lobbying group MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) successfully pushed laws into effect lowering the BAC from .15 to .10 in the late 1970's and 1980's all the way down to .08 today.

People seldom realize the collateral damage stemming from what appears to be a minor offense. For example, Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or speeding can result in losing your driver's license or car, jail time, higher insurance rates, and enrollment in expensive DUI courses. Even a criminal investigation without an arrest can have implications on your future, your education, your job, or your well-being. An arrest does not mean you are guilty. You have rights, and Justin Maines is the DUI attorney you need to defend them!

If you are arrested for DUI in South Carolina or Georgia, your first action needs to be a call to Justin Maines, (843) 420-1555.

25 Clarks Summit Dr. Suite 102, Bluffton, SC 29910
Phone: 843-420-1555      /      Fax: 912-231-1251
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