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Drunk driving charges and previous offenses

If you are facing a drunk driving case, you could have many questions and worry about how the outcome of the case will impact your future. If you are in college or recently started your career, these allegations could deal a devastating blow, not only in the short term but also with regard to your future.

In addition, if you have previous drunk driving convictions on your record, you could face even harsher penalties.

The penalties for drunk driving with past DUIs

According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, you could face a number of penalties if charged with drunk driving for the first time, such as a fine, a six-month license suspension and up to 30 days behind bars. However, if charged with drunk driving for the second time, you could face a harsher fine of up to $5,100, one year behind bars and the suspension of your license for a year.

If charged with driving drunk for the third time, you could have to pay a fine of as much as $6,300, spend up to three years behind bars and lose your license for two years. A fourth DUI charge could result in the permanent revocation of your driving privileges and up to five years in prison.

Handling DUI charges

It is critical to thoroughly examine all facets of your case if you face DUI charges. Whether you have multiple offenses on your record or you are facing these allegations for the first time, make sure you review all of the details surrounding the charges and identify strategies to help safeguard your future.