Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is a serious offense that can result in severe penalties if convicted. DUI laws aim to deter impaired individuals from driving, thereby reducing accidents, injuries and deaths on the road. As such, DUI laws have become more strict and consequences for violating the laws have become more rigid. If you’re facing a DUI charge, contact Schwarz Law at (843) 342-2751.

Understanding DUI Laws:

DUI laws vary by location but in general prohibit driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or both. Penalties for a DUI often depend on your location, your level of intoxication or blood alcohol content (BAC) and if you have had any previous convictions.

The Consequences of DUI Convictions:


  • Criminal Penalties: DUI convictions can lead to fines, probation, mandatory education classes, community service, and sometimes jail, especially for repeat offenders or severe cases.
  • Driver’s License Consequences: DUI convictions often result in suspended or revoked licenses. However, some courts may allow limited driving privileges for work or court-ordered programs.
  • Insurance Implications: DUIs can result in increased insurance costs or even lead to a policy cancellation, which often makes finding affordable coverage hard to find.
  • Professional Impact: DUI convictions can result in a loss of a job and harm future job prospects.
  • Personal Impact: A conviction can also strain personal relationships and carry social stigma. 

Building a Strong Defense:

  • Challenging Traffic Stops: You may be able to dispute the legality of the initial stop if law enforcement lacked reasonable suspicion.
  • Questioning Field Sobriety Tests: Field tests aren’t always accurate indicators of impairment. You may be able to challenge their validity based on factors like bad weather, medical issues, or unclear instructions.
  • Contesting Breath and Blood Tests: You may be able to dispute the breathalyzer and blood tests for faulty equipment or improper administration.

Asserting Rights Violations: You may be able to challenge your arrest if law enforcement violated your constitutional rights by failing to read your Miranda rights or conducting an unlawful search.


DUI laws exist to protect public safety by deterring impaired driving. Understanding the legal aspects, potential consequences, and defense strategies is crucial. Skilled legal representation is vital to protect your rights, inspect evidence, and present the best defense. With a comprehensive understanding of DUI laws, Schwarz Law can help navigate DUI charges effectively for the best possible outcome.

For a free consultation, call Robert Schwarz at (843) 342-2751 to discuss your legal rights.

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