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The consequences of a DUI charge on your license

Your driver's license is your ticket for getting from A to B, and when it gets revoked it can create a lot of inconvenience. As such it is important for South Carolina drivers to understand what circumstances could result in the revocation or suspension of one's license. One of the most common scenarios that triggers a license suspension, for example, is a DUI charge.

The longterm consequences of a DUI or DWI conviction

Most people see a DUI or DWI conviction as a temporary inconvenience that will eventually pass. Jail time, probation, drug and alcohol classes, drivers' license suspensions, ignition interlock device requirements, fines and other punishments are temporary, right? While this is true, there are some lasting effects of a DUI or DWI conviction of which those accused of the crimes should be aware.

What are implied consent laws?

When you get pulled over by a police officer, the officer will usually look for signs of intoxication. If the signs appear to be there, then the officer will request that you take a breathalyzer test. This test will reveal your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). "Implied consent laws" come into play when drivers refuse to take a BAC breathalyzer test.

Do Breathalyzers always work correctly?

In every U.S. state, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content that is 0.08 percent or above. With this BAC or higher, police will consider drivers to be intoxicated and the drivers could be arrested and charged with DUI. There are three ways to test an individual's BAC: through blood, urine and breath.

South Carolina listed as the 8th most dangerous state for driving

South Carolina is high on the list of dangerous driving states, coming in at number eight. The ranking was recently published in a report by 24/7 Wall Street, tracking driving risks, dangers and statistics throughout the nation.

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