One who is charged with his or her first offense for driving under the influence, can expect a shock when it comes to penalties and fines they may face. Courts are more lenient to first time offenders than second and third; however, this is not to say that the burdens on the offender are not very severe. Society today has very little tolerance for one who is charged with DUI, or a drinking related crime.
A first offense for DUI can carry the following penalties:
- 6 months suspension of your driver’s license;
- 48 hours to 90 days in jail;
- $400 to $1000 in fines;
- Court fees;
- SR22 insurance requirement;
- Other aggravating circumstances
Therefore, it is extremely important to attempt to avoid some of these negative consequences by presenting mitigating circumstances to the judge. This is best done through the use of competent representation. If you have a question regarding a recent DUI, or drinking related offense, call the law offices of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP. For a consultation, call our Baxter Village office in Fort Mill, South Carolina at 803-548-4444, or toll free at 877-374-5999.