South Carolina Has New DUI Laws; You Need An Experienced Attorney

South Carolina has passed new DWI legislation that increases the penalties for drivers convicted of driving under the influence (DUI).

At Drennan Law Firm, our experienced Charleston DUI lawyers aggressively defend our clients’ rights and protect their futures. With a former prosecutor on the team, our South Carolina attorneys can better anticipate the prosecution’s approach to each case and craft an effective defense.

Ignition Interlock Devices Are Now Mandatory With DUI Conviction

South Carolina lawmakers have passed a new expansion of 2014’s Emma’s law, which strengthens and expands the requirement for ignition interlock devices.

When a vehicle is equipped with an ignition interlock device (which functions much like a breathalyzer), drivers must blow into the device to prove they are sober before the car will turn on. They must also periodically stop their vehicle on command and blow again to prove that they haven’t started drinking while they were in motion.

Starting in May 2024, everyone who is convicted of driving under the influence (DUI/DWI) with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.02% or above will endure a mandatory period with an ignition interlock device. First-time offenders will be required to have the device for six months. For second offenses, the ignition interlock device is required for a year. A third DUI offense means having a device for the next three years.

Ignition interlock devices are humiliating, expensive, limiting and potentially dangerous due to the requirement for random re-checks while the vehicle is in use. This makes it increasingly important to have a strong, capable South Carolina DUI defense lawyer on your side.

Protect Your Rights And Freedom To Drive

South Carolina has gotten very tough on drunk drivers, with mandatory minimum sentences and the new ignition interlock device requirements. With these SC DWI law changes, you need a clear defense strategy if you hope to avoid a conviction and minimize the consequences of the charges on your life.

If you have been charged with a DUI, call Drennan Law Firm at 843-352-4149 or reach out to us online to secure representation as early as possible. Our South Carolina DUI lawyers offer a free, no-obligation case review.