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What a DUI Conviction Means for the Rest of Your Life

We all make mistakes, but certain ones can have an impact on the rest of your life. Driving under the influence (DUI) falls within that category.
South Carolina shows little leniency to impaired drivers, and state law imposes a number of severe penalties for a DUI conviction. First offenders can expect to pay a $400 fine, spend up to 30 days in jail, and/or lose their license for six months. A second conviction within a 10-year period is punishable by a fine of up to $5,100, a one-year license suspension, and/or a year in jail. Anyone who is convicted of drunk driving a third time could pay up to $6,300 in fines, spend three years in jail, and/or lose their license for up to two years. Habitual offenders may have an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicle for up to three years (at their expense) and be ordered to attend DUI classes.
But that’s not all. That’s arguably not even the worst of it. The complications will continue long after the fines are paid, sentences served, and driving privileges restored.
Lost employment opportunities
When you are convicted of a DUI offense, you receive a permanent criminal record that is readily discoverable when prospective employers run a background check. Certain occupations, such as a government employee, police officer, firefighter, or teacher are nearly impossible to move into if you have a criminal record.
Limit your ability to travel
A conviction for DUI can cause immigration hassles when you try to travel. You may even be denied entry to certain countries.
Affect your insurance rates
Insurance rates skyrocket if you are convicted of DUI, and in some cases coverage may be terminated completely. If the latter happens to you, your only alternative is to purchase an expensive insurance package for high-risk drivers. Premiums for this type of coverage can cost thousands a year.
These are all devastating consequences, making it imperative that you hire a qualified and experienced DUI attorney as soon as possible after your arrest. They can help get the charges reduced or dismissed altogether, so that you avoid a criminal record that can haunt you for the rest of your life. If you or a loved one find yourself facing DUI charges, please contact us today and let us go to work protecting your future.

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