DUI Penalties

What penalties do I face for a first-time DUI offense?

In South Carolina, the penalties you face depend on your level of intoxication upon arrest.

If your blood alcohol content (BAC) ranges from .08 to .10, you face the following penalties:

  • Loss of license for up to six months
  • Fines up to $400 plus court costs
  • A maximum of 30 days in jail, with a minimum of 48 hours
  • Up to 48 hours of community service

If your BAC is between .10 and .16, you face the following penalties:

  • Loss of license for up to six months
  • Up to $500 in fines
  • Up to 30 days in jail, with a minimum of 72 hours
  • Up to 72 hours of community service

If your BAC is over .16, you face the following penalties:

  • Loss of license for up to six months
  • Up to $1,000 in fines
  • Maximum of 90 days in jail
  • Up to 30 days of community service