SC DUI Laws
SC DUI laws include several different types of DUI offenses, each with different elements – what needs to be proven for a conviction – and different degrees of punishment.
The most common impaired driving offense in SC DUI laws is “traditional” driving under the influence (DUI). In a traditional DUI case, the state must prove 1) that you were driving and 2) that your ability to drive was materially and substantially impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Despite what you see in television ads or billboards paid for by the state and by special interest groups, it is not illegal in South Carolina to drink and drive.
If you have been charged with DUI, the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that, while driving, you were intoxicated to the point that your ability to drive was materially and substantially impaired.
Other commonly charged DUI-related offenses found in SC DUI laws include DUAC (driving with an unlawful alcohol concentration), felony DUI, and implied consent violations.