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What happens if convicted of DWI or DUI in South Carolina?

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  • What happens if convicted of DWI or DUI in South Carolina?
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      Firm Name: Jack B. Swerling
      Duration: 01:15
      Date: 2022-09-09
      When you have been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in South Carolina, the consequences can include loss of license, paying a fine, completing community service, and jail time.  Often, the penalties imposed for DUI will depend on the level of intoxication and whether anyone was injured in a related accident. For a first time arrest in South Carolina the penalty can come with as much as $1,000 in fines and up to 90 days in jail. 

      Drivers license suspensions There is also typically a license suspension of up to six months. When this happens, we may be able to help recover your license. However, it can be a time sensitive issue. The penalties for repeat drunk driving offenses are much more severe.

      Drug charges with DUI

      Columbia SC Drug Charges Attorney Helps DUI AccusationsWhen your case includes drug charges, even first time offenders can face prison or additional fines. Jack Swerling is an experienced Columbia SC drug charges lawyer who can help seek the most lenient sentence possible. If you’re concerned about the consequences of a DUI or DWI conviction, a criminal defense attorney in your state can help.
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  • STATE v. BORIS: The defendant was found not guilty by reason of insanity in a case where the defendant was involved in a shoot-out with 3 police officers.
  • STATE v. TYGER: Jack Swerling obtains a not guilty verdict in a criminal sexual conduct case in Beaufort County.
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