DUI, or driving under the influence, is a serious misdemeanor offense in South Carolina. To prove a DUI, the state must show beyond a reasonable doubt:
- the accused was operating a motor vehicle
- under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating substance, or both, and
- the accused’s “faculties to drive a motor vehicle are materially and appreciably impaired” (the accused was unable to operate a car safely)
In South Carolina there is a presumption that an individual is unable to drive safely if their blood alcohol content was 0.08% or above. The state can try to prove that the individual was unable to drive safely even if his or her blood alcohol content was under 0.08%. Likewise, the defense can argue that the individual was able to drive safely if their blood alcohol content was above 0.08%. Obviously a persuasive South Carolina DUI lawyer like those at Reeves, Aiken & Hightower helps.
- SC DUI Breathalyzer BAC Science Video
- SC DUI Penalties
- SC Implied Consent Law
- SC DUAC (Driving with an Unlawful Alcohol Concentration)
- SC Felony DUI
- SC Traffic Violations
We practice DUI defense throughout South Carolina, including in the cities of Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Tega Cay, York, Columbia, Charleston, North Charleston, and Mount Pleasant.