NC DUI Laws Vs. SC DUI Laws – What’s the difference?

Lawyers in South CarolinaLive in Charlotte and face allegations of criminal charges in Rock Hill SC?  Need legal representation for a felony or misdemeanor charge or DUI in South Carolina?

Looking for a criminal lawyer in North Carolina and South Carolina?  Attorney Chris Beddow is available to answer your questions.

We enjoy helping people in both Carolinas with complex cases in criminal court and civil court.  It doesn’t matter if you have criminal charges or are suffering from a serious car accident, our firm is available for consultation  – Chris Beddow, Lawyer in Rock Hill SC

While there are many similarities in culture and geography, there are also important differences between the laws in South Carolina and North Carolina.  Our clients often cross back-and-forth over the NC-SC border near Carowinds.

More than 30,000+ motorists commute from Rock Hill to Charlotte NC every day, not fully understanding the distinctions in the law.  If you’ve been arrested or involved in a serious DUI accident, we recommend you call a lawyer right away.

Who is responsible for a DUI accident?

North Carolina is one of the few states in the country that allows the defense of contributory negligence.  South Carolina applies a different legal standard, known as comparative negligence.  

South Carolina draws distinctions between DUI Driving Under the Influence and Driving With Unlawful Alcohol Concentration DUAC.  North Carolina DWI laws allow for a conviction with a breath or blood reading or 0.08 (or higher), as well under the “appreciable impairment prong” of N.C.G.S. 20-138.1.

It’s a mistake to assume the laws are the same in South Carolina and North Carolina.  Understanding the differences in criminal laws and civil laws, and how they actually affect our clients in the respective states, are important.  That’s one of the things we do to help clients.

We help criminal defense legal issues like:

  • How will a South Carolina Traffic Ticket affect your North Carolina Drivers License?
  • Will a DWI revocation in North Carolina suspend my South Carolina License?
  • If I’m placed on probation in Charlotte, North Carolina can I live in Rock Hill SC?
  • Do insurance points transfer across the NC-SC state line?
  • Does North Carolina DMV recognize South Carolina Motor Vehicle violations?

We also provide legal representation for legal issues including:

  • If I live in Charlotte NC and was hurt in an accident in Rock Hill SC, where to I file my claim?
  • What happens in a South Carolina truck accident if the CDL driver is licensed in North Carolina?
  • Can my South Carolina car accident case be heard where I live in North Carolina?
  • What is contributory negligence in North Carolina?
  • Is there comparative negligence in South Carolina accident injury claims?

Helping People in North Carolina and South Carolina

We help people with allegations of criminal charges, misdemeanor or felony including:

  • Murder Charges
  • Manslaughter
    • Voluntary Manslaughter
    • Involuntary Manslaughter
  • Sex Crimes / Sexual Offenses
    • Pornography Charges
  • Drug Crimes
    • Trafficking Drugs
    • Possession Charges
    • Drug Paraphernalia
  • Alcohol Offenses
    • Underage Possession of Alcohol
  • DVPO Domestic Violence Protective Order
    • Restraining Orders
    • Domestic Crimes
    • Assault
    • Assault and Battery
    • AOF Assault on Female Charges

Free case evaluation for SC criminal charges and accident cases 

If you happen to be a person who lives in one state, and who was hurt or charged in the other, give us a ring.  We’d be happy to sit and talk with you.

Attorney Chris Beddow is licensed in both South Carolina and North Carolina.  He’s the sole attorney associated with the PowersLaw Firm PA who practices law in SC.  Bill Powers is licensed only in NC and therefore limits his legal practice to issues in the Pine State.

Either way, we have you covered if you have legal problems in either of the Carolinas.  That’s why our website is called  Call now if you’d like to set up an appointment at our Rock Hill office.  Visits for York County matters are by appointment only.

Feel free to call:  877-462-3841

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