DUI Administrative Suspension Hearings

If you’ve lost your license from a DUI arrest in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester County, it is possible to obtain a temporary license while your case is ongoing. You may be eligible to request an Administrative Hearing from the SC Office of Motor Vehicle Hearings.

 

Who is eligible to request an Administrative Hearing?

·      Drivers who refused to submit to a Breathalyzer Test.

·      Drivers who registered a .15 or higher blood alcohol content (BAC).

 

When can I request an Administrative Hearing?

·      Your request must be made within 30 days of the date of your DUI arrest.

 

How much does it cost to request an Administrative Hearing?

·      $200. (personal checks are not accepted)

 

How much does a Temporary Alcohol license cost?

·      A temporary license costs $100.

 

What happens if I win my DUI Administrative Hearing?

·      You will not receive an administrative suspension for your refusal to submit to a Breathalyzer test or for having registered a .15 or higher blood alcohol content (BAC).

 

What happens if I lose my DUI Administrative Hearing?

·      You will be required to turn in your temporary alcohol license and serve your suspension.

·      You will be required to enroll in ADSAP.

·      This suspension is separate from the suspension you will receive if you are convicted of DUI in court.

If you have been charged with DUI in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester County, contact our office today. 

DUI COLLISION STATISTICS

SC DUI FACTS (Based on SC Dept. of Public Safety 2012 Report)

1.     67% of the drivers in DUI collisions were male

2.     43% v. 11% - The rate of alcohol involvement in collisions at night vs. day

3.     348- The number of people killed in alcohol-impaired crashes.

NATIONAL DUI FACTS (Based on NHTSA 2012 Report)

1.     30% of all fatal crashes during the weekend were alcohol-related, compared to 15% during the week.

2.     31% of fatal crashes involved alcohol.

3.     35% v. 9% - The rate of alcohol involvement in collisions at night vs. day

4.     10,322- The number of people killed in alcohol-related crashes.

If you have been affected by a drunk driving accident let us review your case. 

Pre-trial Intervention

PRE-TRIAL INTERVENTION

Pre-Trial Intervention, or PTI, is a diversionary program in South Carolina designed for first-time offenders charged with non-violent offenses. If a person is accepted into PTI, and successfully completes the requirements, the charges against them are dismissed and criminal prosecution is avoided.

Who is eligible for PTI in South Carolina?

Many first-time misdemeanor and felony charges are eligible for PTI. Anyone facing criminal charges in magistrate, municipal, or general sessions court may qualify.

Who is not eligible for PTI in South Carolina?

·      Someone who previously has been accepted into an intervention program; or

·      Someone charged with:

  •   Blackmail; DUI or DUAC; a traffic-related offense which is punishable only by fine or loss of points; a fish, game, wildlife, or commercial fishery-related offense which is punishable by a loss of 18 points as provided in Section 50-9-1120; a crime of violence as defined in Section 16-1-60; or an offense contained in Chapter 25 of Title 16 if the offender has been convicted previously of that chapter or a similar offense in another jurisdiction.  

South Carolina PTI Application Fees:

1.     $100 application fee

2.     Upon acceptance, there is an additional charge of $250

Should I participate in PTI?

Contact our office for a free consultation. We can help you determine if PTI is the best course of action for your case.