2014 South Carolina Code of Laws
Title 44 - Health
CHAPTER 32 - BODY PIERCING
SECTION 44-32-120. Minors or persons impaired by drugs, alcohol, or otherwise incapable of consenting; unhealthy skin surfaces; penalty.

SC Code § 44-32-120 (2014) What's This?

(A) It is unlawful for a person to perform or offer to perform body piercing upon a person under the age of eighteen years, unless the body piercing is performed in the presence of, or as directed by a notarized writing by, the person's parent or legal guardian.

(B) This section does not apply to the body piercing of an emancipated minor.

(C) The minor upon whom body piercing is performed, or the parent or legal guardian of that minor or any other minor, is not liable for punishment pursuant to this section.

(D) Body piercing may not be performed upon a person impaired by drugs or alcohol. A person is considered incapable of consenting to body piercing and incapable of understanding body piercing procedures and aftercare suggestions.

(E) Body piercing may not be performed on skin surfaces having a rash, pimples, boils, infections, or evidence of unhealthy conditions.

(F) A person who violates a provision of this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined up to two thousand five hundred dollars or imprisoned up to one year, or both.

(G) All fines collected must be remitted to the State Treasurer to be credited to the Department of Health and Environmental Control in a separate and distinct account to be used solely to carry out and enforce the provisions of this chapter.

HISTORY: 2000 Act No. 249, Section 1.

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