Drivers under age 21 caught drinking and driving face a zero tolerance policy for DUI in South Carolina. Drivers under age 21 that register a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.02 to 0.08 will have their license suspended for at least 3 months. If you refuse the test, your license will be suspended for six months. Additionally, you must enroll in South Carolina's Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program (ADSAP) before your license can be reinstated. If you are under 21 and your BAC is 0.08 or higher, you can be cahrged with DUI laws like all other drivers.
If your license was suspended due to underage drinking and driving you are entitled to an administrative hearing to appeal the suspension. Our Charleston DUI lawyers can help get you a temporary alcohol license that will allow you to drive pending the appeal. You only have 30 days from the date of your license suspension to appeal. Call our Charleston DUI Lawyers today to discuss your case.
Consequences of an Underage Drinking Conviction
A college student who has pled guilty or been convicted of two alcohol or drug-related offenses will not be eligible for a LIFE scholarship after one academic year from the date of the second guilty plea or conviction. An underage driver between the ages of 18 and 21 charged with drinking and driving may also be charged with child endangerment if they are carrying a passenger younger than 16.
Remember, a DUI charge remains on your record forever. A conviction for DUI at such a young age can close the door to many future career opportunities. Please give us a call so that we can discuss your DUI case. You will speak directly with a Charleston DUI Attorney regarding your case free of charge. Contact Us Now
Charleston, SC DUI Lawyers
Our law firm represents people charged with crimes, including DUI, in the Charleston area, including Charleston, Summerville, Mt. Pleasant, North Charleston, West Ashley, James Island, Goose Creek, Hanahan, Daniel Island, Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, Sullivan's Island and Moncks Corner. If you have been charged with DUI, give our Charleston DUI lawyers a call to discuss your case.