First DUI Offenses

Trusted Lexington DUI Defense Attorney

Are you or a loved one facing their very first DUI offense? While not every driver ends up being accused of DUI in their lifetime, these cases are common and the accused come from every walk of life, regardless of their criminal history or status in the community. Because a simple lapse in judgment can happen to anyone, our firm believes that our clients facing a first-time DUI deserve an advocate by their side ready to protect their interests.

At J. Bradley Baker LLC, our clients can count on their case being backed by 15 years of legal experience. Our Lexington, SC DUI defense lawyer knows that to look for in these cases when developing a defense and, in every case, can ensure that our clients receive every consideration they deserve both in and outside the courtroom.

You do not have to face your first DUI charge without a proven advocate in your corner. Call our firm at 803.403.1485 today.

DUI First Offense Penalties

One of the most challenging realities of a DUI conviction is that the state of South Carolina provides numerous penalties for the accused. While no one penalty is especially serious, combined, they can add up to a serious interruption of the convicted’s life. The most serious of these penalties, jail time, is dictated by the accused's blood alcohol content (BAC) at the time of their arrest.

Jail time by BAC level in South Carolina is as follows:

  • BAC .08% to .10% - minimum of 2 days of jail (maximum: 30 days)
  • BAC over .10%, less than .16% - minimum of 3 days in jail (maximum: 30 days)
  • BAC .16% and over - minimum of 30 days in jail (maximum: 90 days)

The good news is that, in most cases, jail time can be avoided by first time offender. Other penalties, such as license suspensions, fines, and mandatory substance abuse assessments may apply. For more information on first-time DUI penalties and what our criminal defense firm can do to help minimize any sentence and resolve this matter as swiftly as possible, contact us today.

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