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Underage DUI

Underage DUI offenses have very damaging consequences. South Carolina has a Zero Tolerance Policy for underage drinking and driving. That means that after just one drink, a minor can be charged with DUI, regardless of whether or not they are physically impaired.

Penalties you face for being convicted of having a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.02% up to 0.08%:

First Offense

  • 3 month driver’s license suspension
  • 6 month driver’s license suspension if you refuse a chemical test

Second Offense (within 5 years)

  • 6 months driver’s license suspension
  • 1 year driver’s license suspension if you refuse a chemical test

Penalties you face for being convicted of having a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher:

If your blood alcohol is .08% or higher, you can be charged with DUI, even if you aren’t yet 21. You can also be charged if you are under the influence of marijuana, cocaine, or other illegal drugs, as well as prescription medications that impair your ability to drive. The penalties for DUI are even stiffer than those for Underage DUI.

First Offense

  • Driver’s license suspended for 6 months
  • $400 fine
  • Minimum 48 hours of jail, with a maximum of 30 days
  • 48 hours of Public Service

The consequences are progressively worse with increased BAC levels, and subsequent DUI arrests.

Charges for any underage drinking offense are serious, and can have far reaching consequences beyond the legal penalties. If you are convicted of DUI, you could face:

  • Loss of your LIFE scholarship eligibility for one year
  • Ineligibility for some types of financial aid
  • Restriction from participation on school sports teams
  • SR-22 Insurance requirement, costing you hundreds more a month for auto insurance
  • Difficulty getting a job in the future

The attorneys at Bernstein & Bernstein can help you if you are charged with Underage DUI, or any other underage drinking offenses.  We have the experience and knowledge to fight for your rights in court. Contact us today for a consultation.