What is ADSAP?
ADSAP is the South Carolina Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program. It is a statewide substance abuse program for:
1. Individuals who are convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) [S.C. Code Ann. Section 56-5-2930] or driving with an unlawful alcohol concentration which equates to a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or greater. [S.C. Code Ann. Section 56-5-2933];
2. Individuals who are referred by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources for boating under the influence (BUI); and
3. Individuals whose licenses are suspended through the state’s Administrative License Revocation (ALR) procedure. Drivers fall in this category if they are charged under the provisions known as “zero tolerance” which targets drivers under age 21 or “.15” which is in addition to a charge of DUI or driving with an unlawful alcohol concentration for drivers of any age who operate a vehicle with a BAC of .15% or greater.
4. An individual also is subject to ALR if he refuses to take a blood, breath or urine test for the presence of alcohol or other drugs.
If you are convicted of DUI or driving with an unlawful alcohol concentration you must enroll within 30 days of your conviction.
When should I contact ADSAP?
You should contact an ADSAP representative immediately after you are notified that you must successfully complete the program. Again, you must enroll within 30 days of your conviction.
What happens if you don’t enroll in ADSAP?
The court will be notified if you fail to enroll in a certified program within 30 days or if you fail to participate in the pan of education or treatment. The court can also hold you in contempt of court if you can’t show cause as to why you didn’t enroll in the 30 days or if you can’t explain why no progress has been made on the plan of education. You need to understand that this is serious and contempt could mean you having to serve jail time.
The ins-and-outs of fighting a DUI can be complex and if you’ve been arrested you already have enough on your mind worrying about your job, career, or future. This is why it’s so important to hire an experienced DUI/BUI attorney to help you navigate the shifting channels of the court system.