South Carolina has been working aggressively to cut down on drivers who operate vehicles under the influence after we ranked among the top in the US for DUI fatalities. While you may associate alcohol intoxication with “driving under the influence,” that is not the only cause for a DUI. Illegal drugs and prescription pain killers can also be a source of impairment for drivers. It’s important to know what possible consequences you’re facing if you are charged with Driving Under the Influence. Today, we’ll walk you through what you may be looking at when charged with a first-offense DUI. Certain circumstances, such as driving under the influence with children in the car, a blood-alcohol level that is a certain amount or more over the legal limit, and other problems may lead to stricter penalties even for a first offense.