If you are convicted of a first offense DUI, the penalty depends on whether you provided a breath or blood alcohol sample and how high the reading is on said sample.
If you refuse or provide a breath sample less than .10, then you can be incarcerated for as little as 48 hours but up to 30 days or fined up to $400. This fine does not include court-costs and assessments, which often bring the total amount you will be required to pay to about $1000. Likewise, the judge has the right to sentence you to public service in lieu of the minimum period of incarceration, but this is rare. Even if your fine and jail time are waived, there is a non-waiveable court cost which varies by county, but is typically around $300.
If you provide a breath sample of .10 but less than .16, then the fine is $500 (not counting court costs and assessments) and you may be incarcerated as little as 72 hours or up to 30 days. Public service in lieu of the minimum period of incarceration is again available, but rarely handed down.
If you provide a breath sample higher than .16, then the fine is $1000 (not counting court costs and assessments) and you may be incarcerated as little as 30 days or up to 90 days. Public service in lieu of the minimum period of incarceration is again available, but rarely handed down.
In addition to the above punishments, any first-offense DUI conviction in South Carolina will automatically cause your license to be suspended for at least six months, force you to complete an out-patient drug/alcohol assessment course known as ADSAP, (which costs $500) and further require you to maintain SR-22 insurance on your car for a period of 3 years subsequent to completing the suspension.
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