If a South Carolina resident or tourist visiting our state who is under the age of 21 is caught drinking by authorities, he or she could be charged with a crime. If the individual also happens to be driving, the penalties for underage drinking and driving are even more severe. Indeed, the laws and punishments associated with underage DUI in this state are more stringent than those that apply to adults 21 and up.
An underage drinking and driving conviction could result in a lot of negative consequences. For example, a parent's son or daughter could lose eligibility for financial aid in college. Future job opportunities could also be jeopardized as a result of such a conviction.