DUI Defense

South Carolina's DUI laws have become increasingly complex and the penalties have become more severe. If you have been charged with DUI, you need an experienced DUI defense attorney who understands how to evaluate your case and develop the appropriate defense strategy to get the best result.

If you have been charged with any offense involving driving a motor vehichle while allegedly being under the influence of alcohol, drugs or a combination of both, schedule a free office consultation with DUI defense attorney Robert A. Bruce to discuss your case. 


Important Things to Know

  • If you refused to take the breath test or took the test and registered a blood alcohol level or breath alcohol content (BAC) of .15 or higher, your driver's license was suspended for a period of time. You have the right to challenge this suspension and obtain a temporary alcohol license, but you must request a hearing in writing within thirty (30) days of the date your license was suspended (arrest date).
  • A conviction for DUI will remain on your record and can never be expunged.
  • If convicted of DUI, depending on the BAC level and whether a subsequent DUI offense, the resulting penalties and consequences can include a substantial fine, public service employment, jail or prison time, SR22 insurance, ADSAP program completion, DL suspension, IID program and DL reinstatement fee.

Ignition Interlock Device


What is the Ignition Interlock Device and will I have to have this device installed on my vehicle?


In 2014, Emma’s Law was signed by Governor Haley and was effective October 1, 2014. This law, among other changes, enhanced the Ignition Interlock Device (IID) program, including those convicted of DUI first offense with a Breath Alcohol Content (BAC) of .15 or greater had to have this device installed on their vehicle and complete the IID program. The IID program is administered by the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Service (SCDPPPS).


For more information about the IID program, use this link to access the SCDPPPS IID brochure on the agency’s website.

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