In Part 1 of this post I discussed the immediate things that occur after a DUI arrest in South Carolina. Those things were: 1) your license getting suspended after the arrest; 2) getting a temporary license pending the implied consent hearing; and 3) the traffic citation and court date. If you didn’t read part 1 of this post, I advise reviewing it before starting part 2.
Picking back where we left off, in this post I’m going to discuss bond stipulations after a DUI arrest, and the affect that a DUI arrest has on your criminal record and insurance premiums.
Unless there are exceptional circumstances, individuals who are arrested for DUI in South Carolina are typically be eligible for bail/bond. However, there are certain stipulations that must be followed after being released on bond. The main one being that pending the trial or dismissal of the case, you are not permitted to leave the State without permission of the court. Additionally, the bail proceeding form will state the first court appearance’s date, time and location. It is imperative that you appear at the court listed on the bail proceeding form. If you do not appear it will be considered a violation of your bond.
An Arrest Will Show on Your Criminal Record
Unfortunately, although a DUI arrest does not mean that you will actually be convicted for DUI, the arrest will show up on your criminal record during background checks. After a DUI arrest, you are booked and finger printed and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and they keep your information on file. As a result, the arrest will show on your criminal record.
A DUI arrest will not immediately result your insurance premiums rising. When most people are arrested for DUI they are not only concerned with going to jail, but the affect the arrest can have on their car insurance premiums. However, a DUI conviction or guilty plea is what causes your insurance premiums to go up, not an arrest. In South Carolina, you will be required to get SR-22 car insurance if you are convicted of a DUI. SR-22 insurance is very expensive in comparison to ordinary car insurance rates. This is yet another reason why it is imperative to get a South Carolina DUI lawyer to prevent a DUI conviction and all its residual effects.
Let us Help You
Obtaining video footage of your field sobriety test and arrest, getting a temporary license pending your implied consent hearing, challenging the implied consent procedure performed at the OMVH hearing, and getting your DUI charges thrown out or dropped are just a few of the things that we can do for you. At Bailey Law Firm, we have affordable fees and offer payment plans to individuals arrested for DUI.
If you or a loved one was recently arrested for DUI in South Carolina, contact Bailey Law Firm today, and I will start working on the case immediately. I personally work on all of our DUI cases from start to finish to ensure that my clients receive a top-notch DUI defense.
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– Tyler D. Bailey, Esq.