You face an aggravated or felony DUI in South Carolina if you cause a serious accident.

Myrtle Beach, SC- Drunken driving accounted for over 40 percent of fatal accidents in South Carolina in 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That’s an alarming statistic and far above the national average of 30 to 33 percent. There are so many traffic fatalities related to drunk driving in South Carolina and because of that  and individual accused of causing an injurious or deadly accident under the influence of drugs or alcohol could face aggravated DUI charges and stiffer penalties.

If you have been charged with a DUI, USAttorneys wants to encourage you to contact a DUI lawyer serving familiar with South Carolina’s drunk driving laws to assist you with your defense. If you live in Myrtle Beach, we recommend you contact defense attorney Robert Hedesh at his Myrtle Beach office by calling 843-839-0141.

A tenacious DUI lawyer will do everything they can to see you avoid conviction.

An aggravated DUI charge carries longer jail times, higher fines and a criminal conviction on your record. In South Carolina, there two situations in which you can be charged with a felony DUI; if you caused an injurious traffic or one that resulted in death.

The penalties associated with a felony DUI involving serious bodily injury include a mandatory minimum of 30 days in jail up to 15 years. Fines range from $5,000 to $10,000 and driver’s license suspension periods last for the length of incarceration plus three years.

The penalties for a DUI involving death include a mandatory minimum jail term of at least one year up to 25 years. Fines range between $10,000 and $25,000 and a driver’s license suspension period lasting the length of an individual’s incarceration plus five years.

On top of those penalties, you will have to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, the costs of which will come from your pocket. You may have to leave the device in your car for at least two years possibly more. What’s more, a felony or aggravated DUI will leave you with a criminal record that will show up on background checks.

If you aren’t aware of all of the consequences associated with an aggravated DUI charge, you should speak with a lawyer and learn. You need to be clear about the legal and personal ramifications before you can decide on the best course of action for you given the seriousness of your charges.

If you are facing an aggravated DUI charge in Myrtle Beach, USAttorneys encourages you to speak with a DUI lawyer before you decide how to plea. Call DUI attorney Robert Hadesh and set up a consultation. He has over 25 years of legal experience and will build an effective defense, so you have a greater chance of avoiding a routine or aggravated DUI charge.

USAttorneys has a devoted team of defense lawyers who can assist you with your claim.