Implied Consent – DUI Administrative Hearings in SC
“Implied consent” means that, under SC law, you have legally consented to provide a breath, blood, or urine sample if you are suspected of DUI.
Of course, you didn’t consent to provide a breath or blood sample to the police. Neither did I. It’s a “legal fiction” – SC law pretends that you gave consent so as to help law enforcement get convictions for driving under the influence charges…
You can “revoke” that consent, but, if you refuse to take the breathalyzer following a DUI arrest, your license will be automatically suspended. If you take the breathalyzer and the result is .15 or greater, your license will still be automatically suspended although it will be for a shorter time.
In either case, you must request an administrative hearing through the DMV within 30 days of your arrest. Once you request the hearing, you can get a temporary license and continue driving until the date of the implied consent hearing.
If you do not request a hearing within 30 days or if the hearing officer upholds the officer’s decision to suspend your license, you are required to enroll in the alcohol and drug safety action program (ADSAP) before you can regain your driving privileges.
This is one reason why it is critical to call a DUI defense lawyer as soon as you have been arrested and charged with a DUI offense. If you call us after the 30-day deadline has expired and you did not request the administrative hearing on your own, we cannot help you to get your license back, and the administrative suspension will stand.