Mopeds are currently not considered motor vehicles in South Carolina. This exclusion makes them the perfect conveyance for people who have lost their driver’s license as a result of a DUI conviction. The current classification of mopeds also precludes operators who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol from facing DUI charges when stopped.
A new South Carolina bill, which has already passed unanimously a House vote, will change the current classification and make it illegal to operate a moped while under the influence. If this bill passes into law moped operators who are under the influence could face the very same punishments for DUI that those driving a car would be subject to.
DUI drivers in South Carolina face the possibility of some serious punishments if convicted. First time offenders face fines of up to $400, a prison sentence of up to thirty days and a driver’s license suspension of up to six months. In addition to the aforementioned penalties, drivers convicted of a South Carolina DUI are also required to carry a high risk SR22 insurance policy for a period of three years.
If you’ve been arrested for a DUI you need to contact a South Carolina DUI attorney as soon as possible. Hiring an experienced DUI attorney will ensure that you’ve got the most appropriate defense strategy for securing a favorable verdict.