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The complications involved in out-of-state DUI

A long-awaited opportunity to take time off and travel to another state represents rest and relaxation from the daily grind. Getting away from it all helps to unwind from daily rigors for you and those close to you to enjoy time off.

However, that enjoyment and fun can also lead to serious criminal consequences. Before you know it, the revelry you enjoyed becomes a criminal matter. The siren and flashing lights will make the trip unforgettable for all the wrong reasons. The paperwork documenting your arrest will become the most unlikely and unwanted souvenir that you could receive.

Options exist to stay home

A drunk driving charge away from your home state means that you will be prosecuted in that state. Multiple trips from home to the state where you face serious criminal allegations take significant time and money. Thankfully, you may have the chance to deal with your criminal problems from your home state.

Thanks in part to modern technology, the possibility exists of retaining an attorney to waive your appearance and avoid attending court hearings in person. However, some judges may mandate an appearance if plea bargaining is successful or a trial commences.

South Carolina DUI penalties can result If you have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. A BAC of at least 0.05% but less than 0.08% can also be considered a crime, as can a failed field sobriety test. While fines can go up to $400, other financial assessments and surcharges may increase that number. You also may face anywhere from 48 hours to 30 days in jail. Community service could be an alternative. The most challenging is the loss of a driver’s license for six months.

Upon acknowledging your out-of-state status, you will likely be allowed to finish the terms in your home state, providing that you receive approval from the state where the DUI occurred.

Open lines of communication with an attorney are paramount, regardless of the state where they arise. One mistake in the form of a first DUI should not permanently impact the rest of your life.