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Everyone makes mistakes. Unfortunately, if you’ve gotten behind the wheel after drinking even a little too much, it’s too late to change what happens once you see lights flashing in your rearview mirror.

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Getting charged with a DUI is hard enough. Then the mounting stress associated with potential consequences, including fines and even jail time, doesn’t make it easier. To top it all off, you need to figure out what to do now that your license been suspended.

How will you get to work? To and from the grocery store?

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If you or someone close to you has been charged with DUI in SC, then you know there are serious consequences associated with a conviction.

And with South Carolina working hard to lower fatalities associated with alcohol-related driving accidents, the State has enacted a number of new provisions to intensify existing DUI laws.

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After a few drinks, you thought you were OK to drive home. That’s when the unexpected happens.

You’re pulled over for a DUI.

As the blue lights flash in your rearview mirror, all of the fun that led up to that moment is replaced with regret and consequences. In South Carolina, a DUI arrest and conviction has several legal ramifications and can even have fines that put a major hit on your wallet.

Being convicted for a DUI can be an intimidating experience with an array of legal consequences -- one of which is the suspension of your SC driver's license.

In South Carolina, the suspension of your driver’s license will vary based on the number of DUI violations that have occurred within a 10-year period. Here's how it works:

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You are arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Charleston, SC. You should simply pay the fine, right? Not so fast. Before you do anything, think about the potential ramifications that a DUI conviction may have on your life. Right off the bat, if you plead guilty you will pay a fine of at least $992 plus court fees. You will also need to obtain SR-22 insurance $1500-$1800 a year for the next three years. It will cost you $200 at the DMV for reinstatement fees and costs to obtain your route restricted driver’s license.