South Carolina Reckless Driving Lawyer
Reckless Driving Points in South Carolina
One reckless driving charge is six points against your driver’s license. A total of 12 points will cause your license to be automatically suspended.
Penalties for Reckless Driving Conviction
One reckless driving charge will cause a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to be suspended, and a second offense will cause a regular license to be suspended. Additionally, you will face up to 30 days in jail on any reckless driving charge.
However, the charges against you can be reduced or the case could be dismissed entirely without sufficient evidence to show that you were driving with “willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property,” according to the state statute.
At Drennan Law Firm, our attorneys regularly defend people who have been charged with reckless driving in the Charleston area and successfully minimize the consequences of charges. You should never plead guilty before speaking with an experienced South Carolina criminal defense lawyer.
Reckless Homicide Conviction
Causing the death of another person in a motor vehicle accident is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. However, the prosecuting attorney must prove that you were operating your vehicle with “willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.”
Without a police officer present to witness how the accident occurred and who was at fault, a conviction on reckless homicide should be difficult for the prosecution to achieve.
Get the committed defense of a dependable attorney before you make any other decision. You won’t regret securing the powerful protections that our firm can provide in a potentially life-altering situation.
Reckless Driving vs. DUI in SC
Speeding and DUIs are some of the most common moving violations in the U.S. Both have the potential to threaten your license, especially if you are speeding while intoxicated.
There are different levels of penalties for those who commit these varying degrees of crimes. For example, if you speed 5 mph over the limit, you’ll face lower penalties than someone speeding 15 or more mph over the limit. Excessive speeding could even lead to accusations of street racing, which could result in a misdemeanor, the loss of your license and fines.
Combined with a DUI, you could face significant penalties including jail time. The more simultaneous traffic violations, the more reckless you’ll appear to the court and prosecution. For example, if you’re speeding and racing while intoxicated, you may face fines for each violation, time in jail and additional charges such as reckless driving.
Along with the above serious moving violations, you should remember that refusing a Breathalyzer test may result in the loss of your license immediately. When you accept a license, you’re agreeing to take a Breathalyzer test when asked, so failing to do so is a violation as well.
What can you do if you face a DUI charge combined with other violations?
It’s important that you try to have the number of charges lowered and to get the types changed to lower charges. For example, if you can get your DUI charge lowered to driving while ability impaired, it may have different penalties. If you can show that you weren’t racing despite speeding, then having the racing charge dropped will help, too.
Your DUI attorney will review your case carefully to see which charges they can have changed or eliminated. They’ll talk to you about the penalties you face and what you can do to mitigate them. In some cases, alternative sentences may be a possibility, helping you seek alcohol or substance abuse treatment, or other alternatives to traditional sentences.
A single mistake of driving while drunk or violating the speed limit by too much can lead to serious penalties that continue to impact your life far into the future. If you have received a DUI charge or face other moving violations, it’s a good idea to look into your legal rights in South Carolina and what you can do to mitigate or eliminate the penalties that you may face in the future.
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Our traffic violation lawyers handle cases throughout South Carolina, and we can get to work on your case today. Please call us at 843-352-4149, or email us to schedule a free initial meeting. We will independently investigate your case, protect your rights and driving privileges, and vigorously pursue your best possible outcome.