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Out of state drivers should be wary in South Carolina

As another winter slowly gives way to spring, many people in the northeast will still take opportunities to escape to warmer places for vacations. Indeed, March is a popular month for baseball fans to attend spring training games in Florida, and for college students to take spring break vacations. With tourists flocking to Pawley’s Island, Myrtle Beach and other destinations along South Carolina’s coast, the South Carolina Highway Patrol is warning drivers about the dangers (and consequences) of drunk driving.

In conjunction with local police and sheriff’s departments, the highway patrol will be stepping up DUI enforcement efforts throughout the spring. Their reasoning is that alcohol can ruin what is a fantastic warm weather experience and change innocent lives forever in the blink of an eye. Because of this, law enforcement officers will actively be looking out for drunk drivers. 

A DUI conviction in South Carolina could lead to jail time and more than $1000 in fines and penalties. An offending driver’s license would be suspended for up to 180 days as well. For out of state drivers charged with drunk driving in South Carolina, the administrative penalties may be reported to state authorities and treated as if the offense happened here. Essentially, the license suspension could extend to a resident’s particular state, and the offending driver would have to petition a court for a hardship license while the South Carolina case is pending.

Suffice it to say, if you are facing drunk driving charges, it is important to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney to learn about your rights and options.

The preceding is not legal advice. 

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