License Suspensions and Revocations

If you are facing a DUI charge, we can help

One of the consequences of driving under the influence in South Carolina is the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license. This is just one reason why you need an experienced DUI attorney to fight for your rights if you are facing charges. That’s why you need the law firm of Matt Bodman, P.A.

For many of us, a driver’s license means independence. We use it to get to work, or school, or to visit friends and family. A driver’s license is a privilege, and there are consequences for breaking the law while driving. But it also should not simply be taken away without a fair examination of the facts in the legal process.

Drivers facing DUI charges face many types of consequences regarding their license:

DUI Conviction

  • 1st offense: Driver’s license suspension for 6 months.
  • 2nd offense: Driver’s license suspension for 1 year.
  • 3rd offense: Driver’s license suspension for 2 years.
  • 4th offense: Permanent revocation of driver’s license.

Felony DUI Conviction

  • If someone suffered great bodily injury: Driver’s license suspension for 3 years.
  • If someone was killed: Driver’s license suspension for 5 years.

Underage Drinking and Driving

  • 1st offense: Driver’s license suspension for 3 months.
  • 2nd offense (within 5 years): Driver’s license suspension for 6 months.
  • 1st offense & refused a chemical test: Driver’s license suspension for 6 months.

Refusal to Take a Chemical Test

  • 1st offense: Driver’s license suspension for 6 months.
  • 2nd offense: Driver’s license suspension for 9 months.
  • 3rd offense: Driver’s license suspension for 1 year.
  • 4th offense: Driver’s license suspension for 15 months.

In some cases, a driver charged with DUI may be able to obtain a Temporary Alcohol Restricted License (TARL) or Provisional License. But getting one of these licenses may involve paying steep fees, attending administrative hearings and enrolling in a substance abuse program.

We fight for your rights

There are many other consequences that come with a DUI conviction. You may have to pay thousands of dollars in fines, and even serve time in jail. When you do get your license back, you may have to have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed in your vehicle, which requires a breath test before it will start.

If your license is suspended or revoked, you could potentially lose your job. And a DUI conviction on your record can make it difficult for you to seek other employment. Dealing with a DUI conviction can also put a strain on your personal relationships.

There’s a lot at stake if you’ve been arrested for DUI in South Carolina. And prosecutors will aggressively pursue charges against you to get a conviction. That’s why you need an experienced and aggressive DUI attorney who will fight for your rights.

Attorney Matt Bodman used to be a prosecutor working on DUI cases. He knows the kind of evidence prosecutors will use against you and how to build a strong defense on your behalf. Learn more about how he can help you during a free consultation at our Columbia office. Call us at (866) 806-8608 to schedule a time.

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