South Carolina's Drugged Driving Laws

How drug use can result in a DUI charge in South Carolina and the penalties that result from a conviction.

South Carolina not only prohibits drunk driving but also driving under the influence of drugs (DUI) of drugs. The penalties for a drug DUI are generally the same as those for an alcohol-related offense.

This article discusses how South Carolina defines drugged driving and the consequences of a violation.

Drugged Driving Defined

A South Carolina motorist can be convicted of a drug DUI for driving or being in "actual physical control" of a vehicle while under the influence of any drug or intoxicating substance to the extent that his or her "faculties to drive a motor vehicle are materially and appreciably impaired."

Drugged Driving Penalties

The consequences of a South Carolina drugged driving conviction depend on the circumstances. But generally, a DUI carries the following possible penalties:

All offenders must also complete a substance abuse assessment and any recommended treatment.

Getting Legal Help

South Carolina DUI law is complex, and the facts of every case are different. If you've been arrested for driving under the influence, talk to an experienced DUI attorney in your area. A qualified DUI lawyer can tell you how the law applies to the facts of your case and help you decide on the best course of action.

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