DWI charges in South Carolina

For many people, drinking is a way of relieving stress and another way to enjoy the company of friends. Many people are able to enjoy alcohol in a responsible way that does not endanger themselves or others, but if you have drunk enough to become impaired and then you decide to drive, you may learn the hard way that drinking and driving in South Carolina can have very serious consequences.

The single greatest concern when it comes to drinking and driving is that an intoxicated driver will harm or kill another person, multiple people or themselves. However, even if an intoxicated driver does not cause any damage to themselves, others, or their property the driver can still be charged with driving while impaired and a DWI will change the rest of their life.

What counts as a DWI?

Under South Carolina law, the point at which a driver is legally impaired depends on the driver. If they are,

· 21 or older - The legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for an adult who is legally allowed to consume alcohol is 0.08%. The amount of alcohol is takes to get to this level varies greatly depending on the physiology of the drinker and the way in which they drink.

· Younger than 21 - If you are under 21 years of age, the legal BAC limit is 0.02% or higher.

· Commercial driver - If you are a commercial driver, the legal BAC limit is 0.04%.

· Prior DWI charges - If you have been previously charged with a DWI, the legal limit is 0.04%.

Charges for people under 21

If you are under 21, you can be charged for alcohol-related crimes for a multitude of reasons. For example, if you,

· Drive with a BAC level of 0.02% or higher in your system

· Buy or try to buy alcohol

· Use a fake ID or someone else's ID to buy alcohol

· Assist someone else buying alcohol

Refusal of tests

If you are pulled over because a law officer suspects you are intoxicated, they may request that you take some sort of test that will measure the amount of substances in your system. You do have the right to refuse these tests, but by doing so you may be charged with criminal penalties similar to the ones with which you would be charged if you are found guilty of driving while intoxicated.

No matter how or why it happens, a DWI charge is a very serious matter. They should be avoided if at all possible. If you find yourself in a situation in which you are facing a DWI, it is highly suggested that you seek out the services of an experienced and knowledgeable legal professional. They will be able to guide and support you through the legal process.

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