One of the impacts of a drunk driving conviction in South Carolina is that you can lose your ability to drive legally. A drivers’ license suspension is one of the primary sentences that you can receive. Some individuals might not realize that there may be options that you can utilize to enable you to drive in a limited capacity.
The exact type of license you’re eligible for depends on several factors. Your attorney can help determine if you may qualify for one. Knowing the differences between them is beneficial so you understand what you can do.
Temporary alcohol license
If you file for an administrative hearing, you may qualify for a temporary alcohol license. The cost is $100 and is only valid until you receive the results of the administrative hearing. Your administrative hearing must be for one of these:
- .02% BAC or higher if you’re under 21
- .15% BAC
- Implied consent under 21
- Implied consent
Provisional driver’s license
A provisional license is valid for a 6-month term if you’re facing a first offense drunk driving charge. There are some specific points that must be met in order for you to qualify for this license. If you meet them, you must pay a $100 fee. These are the qualifications:
- Enrolled in the Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program
- Have a valid South Carolina driver’s license or an exemption
- No other suspensions with a few exceptions
- Meet all requirements for prior cancellations, revocations and suspensions
- A BAC of .14% or less for violations on or after October 1, 2014
Route restricted driver’s license
It’s sometimes possible to get a restricted license that allows you to drive to and from work, school, a court ordered drug program or the Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program. You can also drive during work or school. This license is valid for the length of your suspension. You can only have one route restricted driver’s license in your lifetime. The alcohol-related charges that can lead to eligibility include:
- Implied consent
- BAC of .15% or higher
- Alcohol violation
Dealing with the loss of your driver’s license is only one small part of what you need to think about when you’re facing a drunk driving charge. Your defense attorney can help you to work out a defense strategy. Try to get started quickly so you don’t have to rush.