South Dakota DUI law includes a "washout" or "lookback" period which states that if an individual was convicted of a DUI more than ten years prior to the current DUI charge, the new charge is treated as a first offense. Therefore, even if you have been convicted of a DUI in the past, it will not impact a current conviction if the ten-year statute of limitations has passed.
Convictions of both first- and second-offense South Dakota DUI charges are considered class-one misdemeanors. If you are convicted of a second-offense DUI, and it has been less than 10 years since the first conviction, you will lose your driver's license for a minimum of one year. Additionally, if you are then convicted of driving during the time when your license was revoked, you will receive mandatory jail time that will not be suspended.
If you or a loved one has been charged with driving under the influence in South Dakota, contact a South Dakota DUI lawyer at Zimmer, Duncan, and Cole. Call our office toll-free at (888) 733-2992, or complete the contact form on this page to speak with a knowledgeable South Dakota DUI attorney. Contact our office for assistance before you lose your license or the DUI charge becomes a misdemeanor conviction on your permanent record.
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