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Can you be charged for abducting your own child?

If you are a birth parent, then your child is your own flesh and blood. As such, you will typically have parental rights over her or him. However, if you take your child somewhere without first getting the consent of the child’s other parent or guardian, does the act constitute kidnapping? Well, in the age … Read more

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Innocent acts could lead to cybercrime charges

Cybercrime and cyberterrorism are all the rage in the media these days. It is very easy to run afoul of computer-related laws if you don’t make yourself aware of where the legal lines are drawn. You have your standard offenses like larceny or fraud, like using a computer to steal money or information. But sometimes … Read more

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Ex-federal worker may face prison time for workplace lie

It is terrifying how quickly a workplace disagreement can spiral out of control and implicate racial, police and hate crime matters. A former U.S. Army Corp of Engineers employee pleaded guilty to making false statements to a federal officer. The statements in question were in regard as to how a picture of a Confederate battle … Read more

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Sexting involving minors is a federal crime

As cellular networks evolved, it was probably inevitable that they would be used to send explicit photographs. Sexting, as it is colloquially referred to by mass media, is the digital transmission of sexually explicit or suggestive photos via cell phones. This phenomenon is not limited to adults; there are dozens of stories of teenagers sending … Read more

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South Carolina politician agrees to plea deal for federal crimes

A former member of the South Carolina General Assembly has finally been sentenced after signing a plea agreement several months ago. Thad Viers will serve over three years in prison and must pay restitution in the amount of $875,000 for his involvement in federal crimes. His sentencing marks the end of criminal proceedings that began … Read more

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South Carolina men face turtle-trafficking penalties

Federal charges are generally a serious matter, and a conviction could turn your life upside-down. Aside from the possibility of ending up in prison or being fined huge sums of money, the mark on your criminal record can heavily impact your future. You might even find that friends and family treat you differently once they … Read more

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Can an insanity plea spare you from conviction?

Every year in South Carolina, innumerable people go through the criminal justice system. Some have been accused of misdemeanors while others face more serious charges. Many are even charged with federal offenses, which can carry particularly hefty penalties. Being convicted of a crime of this nature can severely impact your future, so the first thing … Read more

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Evidence acquired in breach of your rights may be invalid

As most residents of South Carolina know, the penalties for a federal crime can be extremely severe, often outweighing the consequences of an equivalent charge tried on a state level. On top of this, if you have been charged with such a crime, you also have the worry of the effect conviction could have on … Read more

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What is double jeopardy avoidance?

As many people in South Carolina know, criminal charges can drastically affect all areas of your life, even before you can get to your trial. Some people will make decisions ahead of time as to whether they believe you are guilty or not. You may be suspended from your job and the emotional strains and … Read more

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Many hate crimes prohibited by federal law

As most families in South Carolina will teach their children, it is important to do to others as you would have them do to you. Promoting this sort of kindness and tolerance will not only help them have happy lives, but may also help to protect them from legal trouble in the future. It is … Read more

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