If you are from out of state and receive a South Carolina DUI you may face
additional complications pertaining to your driver's license. Although
a South Carolina DUI can only suspend a South Carolina license, all convictions
will be reported to your home state. This means that you will face the
same penalties against your license as you would have if you had been
charged back home.
Another major complication is for those whose license is suspended by refusing
an alcohol test or providing a high sample. In this circumstance your
privilege to operate a vehicle in South Carolina will be suspended, but
your home state's license will remain intact (at least initially).
And because you don't have a South Carolina license you aren't
eligible to receive a Temporary Alchol License ("TAL"). You
can however receive a non-resident certification after requesting a contested
case hearing through the Office of Motor Vehicle Hearings and going in-person
to the South Carolina DMV branch in either Blythewood or Shop Road (Columbia).
The best thing that anyone can do to help their out of state license is
to avoid being convicted of DUI in South Carolina. This is accomplished
by having the case dismissed, reducing to a non-DUI plea bargain, or being
found not-guilty. Certain states will still penalize their residents who
accept a DUI plea bargain, so you will want to be aware of any consequences
before accepting any reductions. For more information regarding
South Carolina DUI topics please request our free report written by attorney James R. Snell, Jr.