DUI Arrest Under 21

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Underage drinking and driving charges in South Carolina can tarnish your reputation, exclude you from many school activities and sports, and ruin your college career. A student under 21 convicted of DUI in South Carolina can lose scholarships and be suspended from school. Additionally, will find much more difficult to get a good job if have been convicted of DUI.

Your driver’s license will automatically be suspended for at least three months, and you could also be charged with child endangerment if you have a passenger in the vehicle under the age of 16.

How Can a Lawyer Help Someone Arrested for Underage (Under 21) DUI in SC?

Penalties for an underage DUI conviction are heavy — too heavy for most young drivers. At Denman Law Firm, we understand that everyone makes mistakes. We defend people accused of DUI throughout the Charleston area, and we are committed to hold law enforcement accountable for aggressive tactics, which can include oversights in testing procedures leading to DUI arrests.

Police officers make mistakes, too and sometimes they don’t follow proper protocols. Attorney, John L. Denman was closely involved in crafting the law that requires police officers to videotape all breath tests and field sobriety tests from their squad cars. He can tell immediately if protocols were violated, and that could play an important part in your defense.

We will challenge the prosecution’s case at every turn. Breath tests and field sobriety tests cannot be relied upon for accuracy. Was there probable cause for the police to pull your vehicle over? Many things could influence your breath test results and your performance of field sobriety tests, which could yield inconclusive results.

Zero Tolerance Policy in South Carolina for Drivers Under 21

If your blood alcohol content (BAC) was .02 percent or higher, you will be charged with underage drinking and driving (DUI under 21), and your driver’s license will be automatically suspended.

However, you have the right to an administrative hearing to pursue reinstatement of your driver’s license. The hearing can be accomplished while your DUI case is pending.

We can help you get your driving privileges back. The sooner you contact our law firm, the sooner we can get to work building your best possible case.