The key to determining whether you have committed a second DUI in South Carolina is the ten year look-back period (also known as "wash out period"). In other words, a DUI offense onle becomes a "second" offense if it was committed within ten years of another South Carolina DUI. Sentencing is also based on the circumstances of the arrest – Were there children present? Was your BAC over .15? Below are the rules for second offenders.
A second offense DUI in South Carolina results in license suspension from 60 days to one year.
For a second DUI offense in South Carolina, you face the following penalties:
You may plead guilty, no contest to a lesser reduced charge, such as reckless driving with no intoxication or traffic infractions of speeding, following too close or lane changes or not guilty. An attorney can advise you how to plead depending on your BAC levels and other circumstances surrounding your arrest.
If you have been charged with a second DUI in the State of South Carolina, you may want to seek legal assistance from a South Carolina criminal defense attorney in order to determine whether to plead guilty or seek a plea bargain.