DUI & INTERLOCK DEVICES

April 28, 2015

By Vannoy Law Firm

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SOUTH CAROLINA DUI LAWS AND INTERLOCK DEVICES

An "ignition interlock device" is a small, portable breath test that is attached to one's vehicle controls that requires a driver to provide an unimpaired breath sample in order to fire the ignition and operate the vehicle.  On October 1, 2014, South Carolina enacted new legislation that changed the penalties for DUI in South Carolina.  Prior to October 1st, we did not have a requirement for interlock devices as a consequence of DUI convictions.  Now we do.  If one is convicted of DUI 1st in South Carolina, in order to drive lawfully, they will be required to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle.  If they are merely charged and not convicted, there is no automatic requirement to install the device.  However, if the person fails to request or loses an administrative hearing for either refusing to provide a sample or providing a sample of .15% or greater, to lawfully drive, the ignition interlock device is required.  If you are arrested for a DUI and meet with me, during our free consultation, I will discuss the lengths of the suspension periods, fines, duration of the the interlock requirements along with other consequences you could suffer if convicted of DUI. 

If you have been charged with a DUI, traffic ticket, criminal offense, or a probation violation, feel free to contact me to discuss your options.  I also handle driver's license issues, parole cases, and other matters.  At my office, you will receive a free interview in criminal cases.  If retained, I will go about protecting your initial court appearance, if possible, and begin investigating the case.  If you have questions about a criminal or DUI case or questions about this article, feel free to contact me at (843) 761-0610.  If you would like to read more about South Carolina's DUI and criminal laws, copy/paste this link into your search heading https://bradyvannoy.com/blog/

If you have questions regarding a DUI or criminal case in Berkeley, Charleston, or Dorchester County, please contact my office today at (843) 761-0610 or through the contact page on this website.

Photo-3Brady Vannoy is a criminal defense lawyer in Berkeley County, South Carolina.  He carries a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating.  According to the rating system, "AV Preeminent(r) is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence."

Brady Vannoy is a member of The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers in South Carolina.  You can find his profile at www.thenationaltriallawyers.org.

Brady Vannoy's office is located in downtown Moncks Corner.  He regularly takes cases in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties.  Brady is a member of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100.  Brady defends DUI and all types of criminal cases in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties along with other areas of the South Carolina low country.  He can be reached at (843) 761-0610, brady@vannoymurphy.com, or through the contact page on this website.

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