South Carolina, like many states, treats first time offenders of DUI differently from those with multiple offenses. It is illegal to for drivers to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. The driver cannot be impaired physically or mentally while in control of the vehicle. If you have a BAC or blood alcohol concentration of .08% or above, you are driving under the influence. Now, if you have a BAC of over .05%, you may also receive a similar charge. In this case, it depends on if there are other sign that you are under the influence.

The Department of Safety suggests that there is a range between first and second time offense sentencing. A first time offender may receive a fine of up to $400. Along with a fine, you may lose your driver’s license for six months and have the possibility of jail time from 48 hours to 30 days.

With a felony DUI, the sentencing is different. Felony DUI involves causing bodily injury or death due to being impaired behind the wheel. If the prosecutor charges you with a felony DUI for the first time, you still may incur serious charges. You have a mandatory fine of $5,100 to $10,100. In addition, the prison time ranges from 30 days to 15 years. When there is a death involved with the DUI, you will have a $10,100 to $25,100 mandatory fine. Likewise, imprisonment ranges from one to 25 years.

If you face a DUI charge, the provided information helps educate but is not by any means legal advice.