South Carolina

In the state of South Carolina there are two ways that your license can be suspended as the result of a DUI offence. One is administrative, and the other is judicial.

Administrative: If you refuse to submit to a breathalyzer, or if you fail such a test, then your license will be immediately suspended and revoked. In its place, you will be given a temporary license, which will allow you to continue driving for a 10-day period. During this period you will be able to challenge your suspension. If you elect not to challenge, or if your challenge is unsuccessful, then your license will be suspended for a period of 6 months following the expiration of the temporary license. Following this suspension period, you will be given a restricted license, which will allow you to drive for certain approved purposes.

Judicial: The courts in South Carolina may also suspend your license as part of sentencing or as part of a plea agreement entered into with the prosecutor.

Offense Fine Jail Time Suspension Period
1st $1000 or less 2 days to 90 days 6 months
2nd $6500 or less 3 days to 3 years 1 year
3rd $10000 or less 60 days to 3 years 2 years
4th $25000 or less 1 year to 7 years Permanent

Please note that the above is only a guideline, as the state of Maryland weighs the severity of the DUI in issuing its penalties. Also note that a fourth DUI offense in the state of Maryland is considered to be a felony.