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What are the DUI Laws in South Carolina?

In South Carolina, a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% makes it illegal to operate a motor vehicle. South Carolina punishes those driving under the influence severely, with potential jail time, steep fines, and license suspensions. Even if you have no prior offenses, the law does not make exceptions. If you have been charged with…

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What is an Ignition Interlock Device?

You may have heard of an ignition interlock device, but unless you are required to use one, you may be unaware of what it is or how it works. If you have been convicted of a DUI in the Palmetto State, you will likely need to install one on your vehicle. Our [DUI defense lawyers…

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Important Qui Tam Lawsuit Requirements

Today, it seems that whistleblowers often face retaliation for their service. However, the federal statute allows whistlers to report corruption on behalf of the federal government without fear of repercussions. Latin for “in the name of the king,” qui tam allows citizens to report acts of fraud and as a reward, the whistleblower can recover…

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Who Is Protected under Title IX?

Title IX is designed to protect everyone who participates in education programs and activities and receives federal financial assistance. And the protections included focus on discrimination based on sex, which extends to sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy and beyond. If your institution of learning is facing an issue related to Title IX, consulting with an…

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What is Self-Defense?

Self-defense refers to resorting to physical force or the use of a weapon to protect yourself, and it’s a challenging defense strategy that requires careful legal attention. Nevertheless, protecting yourself or someone else in the face of serious harm is sometimes necessary, and defending yourself against any charge that may apply is important. If you’re…

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How can a DUI conviction impact my commercial driver’s license?

Commercial vehicles are a common sight on the South Carolina roads. Trucks go to, from and through the state delivering and carting items that are vital to everyday life. This can include food, materials, retail items and more. For commercial drivers, it is imperative that they maintain their status as holders of a commercial driver’s…

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Bill could lead to harsher penalties after drug overdoses

In South Carolina and across the United States, opioids are garnering significant attention. This is understandable given the number of people who are having problems with these types of drugs. Specifically, fentanyl is drawing scrutiny from state and federal law enforcement with regular investigations and arrests being made. People who are alleged to be involved…

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Do you know the importance of jury selection in your case?

There’s a lot to consider when building your criminal defense. While you may want to work with prosecutors early on to try to mitigate the fallout from your case, and you certainly want to gather evidence that contradicts the prosecution’s case, you can’t neglect the legal technicalities that are involved in your case. This includes…

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When can people be charged with insurance fraud?

Unexpected events occur in people’s lives in South Carolina. Many of these unexpected events can be very costly as well. This could be a car accident resulting in damage to vehicles and injuries. There could be a hurricane or other weather event that damages people’s homes. People can also develop diseases or other medical conditions…

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The damage a DUI conviction may do to your career

A DUI conviction promises ramifications beyond criminal penalties. On the surface, you understand that you face incarceration, probation, steep fines, restitution, loss of your driver’s license as well as your vehicle. But digging deeper, you also face stark challenges to your professional career. A DUI conviction means that you now have a criminal record. You…

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Here’s how to block the prosecution’s evidence

Drug charges can quickly derail your life, especially if you’re convicted and slapped with the harsh penalties sought by prosecutors. Jail or prison time, enormous fines, a lingering criminal record, and haunting damage to your reputation can all leave you feeling scared and uncertain about your future. But before you let overzealous prosecutors push you…

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When can the police search my home, car or body?

We all make lapses in judgement from time to time. You might have dabbled in recreational drugs occasionally and assumed that because you were not harming anyone else in the process that your drug use was safe and reasonable. However, this could not be further from the truth. To put it bluntly, the possession of…

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What are the different forms of domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse and allegations of domestic abuse can have a dramatic impact on everyone involved, including those accused of committing domestic abuse. It is helpful for everyone impacted by domestic abuse to be familiar with what is considered domestic abuse. There are several different forms of domestic abuse including: ## Physical abuse Physical abuse is…

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Should you have a public defender represent you?

A lot of people who are charged with serious criminal offenses qualify for the services of the public defender agency. This can be a low or even no-cost option for your criminal defense. For this reason, a lot of people elect to be represented by a public defender rather than seek assistance from a private…

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Dabbling in marijuana can be a risky decision

Sure, you may have made some risky decisions in the past. Perhaps you dabbled in marijuana while in college but have since cleaned up your act. You graduated, got a steady job with a reputable company and were able to support your family. Still, marijuana use did not seem too serious especially given that states…

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Four powerful defense options in your drug-related case

Drug charges, especially those pertaining to drug trafficking, can threaten to upend your life as you know it. If you’re convicted on these serious allegations, then you face the very real possibility of prison time and a criminal record that may haunt you for the rest of your life. We know that’s scary, which is…

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Breaking fraud down into its elements of proof

White collar crimes are serious legal allegations. In South Carolina, the conduct that can constitute a while collar crime can range from alleged deceit in the procurement of a diploma to using telecommunications devices to commit fraud. At the heart of many white collar crimes is a claim of dishonest conduct that results in the…

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Rise in DUI arrests in South Carolina may be on the way

Arrests for driving under the influence in South Carolina is often categorized in a certain way with the alleged DUI driver negatively perceived as reckless, irresponsible and a danger to others. While this is an easy assumption to make, just because a person is arrested and charged does not automatically imply guilt. For residents of…

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Here are some ways to challenge drug-related charges

Drug charges can threaten nearly every aspect of your life. Upon conviction, you might be hit with financially ruinous fines, devastation to your reputation, a job-killing criminal record, and long-term incarceration. We don’t say that to scare you but to instead motivate you to build the strongest criminal defense that you can to protect yourself…

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The difference between Ponzi schemes and pyramid schemes

White-collar crimes in South Carolina include several nonviolent felonies the offender commits for personal gain. They take their name from the white-collar workers who tend to commit them, often by taking advantage of their position. An example of a white-collar crime is a Ponzi scheme, which often gets confused with pyramid schemes. ## Definition of…

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Can a tax payer accidentally commit fraud?

White-collar crimes in South Carolina include several categories of non-violent actions like money laundering, ID theft and tax fraud. It involves the perpetrator knowingly and willfully trying to deceive to benefit themselves. These crimes come with fines and may include prison terms, but they aren’t always committed intentionally. ## Tax fraud vs. evasion According to…

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Are repeat DUI offenders more dangerous on the road?

The state of South Carolina has harsh penalties for anyone caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, studies have shown that many people continue to drive under the influence after racking up a DUI charge or two. Repeat offenders are some of the most dangerous people on the road. ## What are…

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Why kickbacks are illegal

Receiving kickbacks is still a very real crime being committed in South Carolina and across the country. Understandably, this is often confused with bribery, which is similar but not the same. Bribery is something of value given upfront, whereas kickbacks are usually a reward for something which has already been done. But, of course, there…

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Common types of auto insurance fraud

When it comes to reporting an auto accident in South Carolina or other states around the country, it is incredibly important to ensure that you are reporting accurate information. Failure to do so can lead you to be accused and charged with committing auto insurance fraud. In fact, insurance companies around the nation take this…

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Thoughts On Thanksgiving

We often think of gratitude on Thanksgiving Day. It is a day to gather and offer thanks. It is not just a day. It is THE day for Americans. It’s a tradition that started before our nation’s founding and has been part of our culture for as long as anyone alive can remember. Parades, turkey,…

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When could felony DUI charges apply in South Carolina?

As most people know, felony criminal charges typically have the possibility of steeper consequences if a person faces a conviction. In some cases, crimes that often fall into the category of a misdemeanor charge could increase to a felony if certain details apply. As a result, it is always wise to fully understand any allegation…

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How Has COVID-19 Changed The Legal Process?

COVID has changed the way we perform almost anything we do on a regular basis. It’s changed the way we go grocery shopping; the way we get food from restaurants; and the way we socialize with the people we love. Many people also have found the way that they do their job to have changed…

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Ryan Beasley named to Legal Elite of the Upstate

Ryan Beasley has been named a Legal Elite of the Upstate for 2020 in the Criminal Law category. A South Carolina native, Beasley graduated from Wofford College and then earned his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2000. He served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable John C….

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Elvis Presley’s Legal Legacy

Elvis Presley is best known for his massive influence on rock and roll as we know it, appropriately nicknamed “The King” or “The King of Rock and Roll.” While his musical legacy has lived on for years and deserves to be recognized, many people are not nearly as aware of the legal legacy that has…

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PPE fraud on the rise during the pandemic

One of the most important Senate hearings of the year happened last week, and I can guarantee that you likely missed it. Don’t worry, there was a lot happening in the news. Even the media barely noticed the hearing with the mundane, even benign, title of “COVID-19 Fraud: Law Enforcement’s Response to Those Exploiting the…

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Lawyers who shaped the United States

Lawyers have been around since the 1200s (at least) and played a significant role in history, but many people do not know their role in the foundation of America. With Fourth of July coming up, we think it’s the perfect time to look back at the lawyers who shaped the United States of America as…

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Insurance fraud: is it serious?

Allegations of a financial crime could result in serious penalties for you, including the possibility of spending time behind bars. There are many types of white-collar crime, and insurance fraud is one of them. If you recently filed a major claim, you could find that this leads to questions about the nature of your claim…

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Why are you suspected of health care fraud?

When you decided to become a doctor, you agreed to do no harm to your patients. You committed yourself to helping Greenville residents recover from injuries and illnesses and get back to a healthy and normal life. If you can’t do that, you provide them with the best care possible in order to manage their…

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Does shooting count as police seizure?

You may know that the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects you from unreasonable actions of South Carolina police during a search or seizure. However, perhaps you do not fully understand what it means to have police “seize” you. Does it mean that they have physically put their hands on you? Are you still…

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Lawmakers look to revise unfair asset forfeiture laws

You may be fully aware of the possible consequences for a conviction of drug charges, especially distribution or trafficking. You might expect fines, imprisonment, community service and other penalties. Certainly, the burden of a criminal charge on your record will follow you the rest of your life. However, what you may not expect after an…

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The stress of being a doctor can lead some to alcohol

You may have known from the time you were young that you wanted to be a doctor. You studied hard all through your school years and looked forward to the time when you could gain practical experience in helping people with their medical concerns. In the beginning of your career, you may have been bright-eyed…

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Can the First Step Act benefit you?

When the federal government enacted the First Step Act, many who were in prison for non-violent crimes rejoiced along with their families. The First Step Act promotes long-overdue reforms in the criminal justice system, including adopting common sense sentencing guidelines and more appropriate options for those convicted of drug-related offenses. If you are currently [serving…

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What can increase the penalties of a DUI conviction?

You may think that driving home after having a couple drinks is no big deal. However, when you are facing DUI charges and the consequences and penalties that follow, you may have a different opinion. A simple first offense DUI conviction can leave you with long-lasting struggles in many areas of your life, but there…

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What should you know if charged with tax evasion?

If you are facing charges of tax evasion, you may be tempted to underestimate the serious nature of this type of criminal offense. White collar crimes, which are offenses that often involve financially motivated criminal activity, can result in penalties that can change the course of your life. It is in your interests to take…

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Understanding the options of plea bargaining

If you are facing criminal charges, especially in federal court, you may have great concern about how your case will turn out. This may be particularly true if the prosecution seems to have significant evidence against you. In fact, the prosecution team may seem rather confident that they will get a conviction once the judge…

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Binge drinking is a serious problem

Binge drinking is a pattern of drinking alcohol designed to get you drunk and your blood alcohol content above the legal limit. Binge drinking is a common, excessive and potentially deadly act in the United States. The last study conducted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in 2015, found that those ages 18-24 and…

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College students aren’t always presumed innocent

College is often a young adult’s first time out from under their parents’ roof for an extended period of time. While moving into the dorms is a great learning experience, it can also be hard on both the students and their parents, as mistakes are made that may have long-ranging consequences. College students are expected…

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South Carolina college has its own municipal court

As you walk on the campus of Clemson University, you may think the laws and rules of surrounding Clemson, South Carolina, apply. However, this may not be the case. Clemson University has the unique position of being its own municipality. The municipality of Clemson University includes a five-mile radius around the center of the campus….

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Consequences of a DUI for underage drivers

Facing DUI charges can be terrifying for anyone. Whether it’s your first offense, you refused to consent to a breath test or more, the consequences can be steep and you may wonder how the penalties may affect your life. For underage drivers, the effects of a DUI conviction can be even more devastating. While South…

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Insider trading – a brief FAQ

What do you think of when you hear the words “insider trading”? Quite likely, you think of white collar criminals who got wind of some juicy information, used it to make a killing in the stock market, then got caught and winded up in jail. But most insider trading is actually legal. Corporate insiders trade…

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Bias in field sobriety tests

Even if you have never been pulled over for a DUI before, you have likely seen some version of a field sobriety test on a movie or in other media. Some of them seem relatively easy, while others look impossible to complete even when sober. When an officer pulls someone over for suspected drunk driving,…

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Is your phone private … or fair game for police?

Increasingly, law enforcement relies on “smoking gun” evidence from smartphones. Phones can either be a conduit for committing crimes or leave a trail of electronic bread crumbs for police. The only barrier is accessing the content of the phones. A recent federal court ruling put new limits on how far police, prosecutors and judges can…

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Can you record the police? Yes, but there are limits.

Law enforcement has historically clashed with journalists who are recording live events. Sometimes reporters had their cameras taken away or their film destroyed. In the smartphone era, regular citizens find themselves in confrontations with police over videos. What are your rights regarding filming the police? Can you secretly record law enforcement? Can they confiscate your…

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Government’s tax evasion case did not add up

Sometimes prosecutors have the right guy but may not have all the facts right. This is a case where the government got just about everything wrong. Their math was bad. Their methods were sloppy. Their conclusions were wrong. Tax fraud charges against a Seattle restaurant owner were originally announced as the largest sales suppression case…

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Sentencing reforms are aptly named – a first step

Congress appears poised to enact significant criminal justice reforms. The First Step Act would scale back harsh sentences for some drug crimes, improve prison conditions and provide more help for prisoners when they re-enter society. It is a good first step. And a hopeful sign for bipartisanship in Congress. But it’s not an overhaul of…

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Is an anonymous tip grounds for arrest?

An appellate court in Illinois has tossed out the 2014 conviction of a motorist who was sentenced to jail as the byproduct of an undocumented “anonymous tip.” The supposed concerned citizen reported that the motorist was drunk. He was not, but it turned out he was driving on a suspended license, for which he was…

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What really happens if you refuse the Breathalyzer?

If you are pulled over for DUI, you are required to submit to testing. Right? That’s not quite true. Under South Carolina law, you can legally refuse to provide a breath, blood or urine sample. But if you do so, you are automatically subject to certain consequences, namely license suspension. The question is not can

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Why did the floor collapse at the Clemson party?

One minute everyone was dancing and having a good time, and moments later the floor fell out from underneath them and dozens of people fell into the basement. Thankfully, no one died, but there were some serious injuries. The investigation into the party near Clemson University will focus on why the floor gave way and…

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What are the possible outcomes for drug possession?

If you are arrested on drug charges, you will no doubt hear a wide range of “helpful advice” from people. Everyone has a story about a brother or cousin or friend who got busted. But there is a lot of misinformation out there. The outcome depends on many factors – the facts of the case,…

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‘Officer, I swear I was not drinking *while* driving.’

A Florida driver who was caught with an open bottle of bourbon had a novel defense to a DUI arrest. He claimed he was only drinking at stop signs. So, you know, he wasn’t drinking while driving. That would be irresponsible. Obviously, his brilliant legal excuse did not prevent his DUI arrest. It does emphasize…

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California bill would repeal felony murder law

Most states, including South Carolina, have “felony murder” statutes. These laws trigger first-degree murder charges against people who had no murderous intent. It also leads to murder charges against other individuals who were present or somehow contributed to an unintended death. Lawmakers in California have introduced a bill to scale back felony murder prosecutions. Under…

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Cash bail is an unfair and antiquated system

The concept of bail is to ensure that the accused will show up for court once they are released from jail. But for many defendants, bail bonds are set unreasonably high. Unable to raise bail, they sit in jail for months until their trial date rolls around. An analysis by FiveThirtyEight confirms that the cash…

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Ryan Beasley Comes To Popular Teacher’s Defense

Attorney at Beasley Law is representing Lisa Houston, the Upstate teacher who lost her job following the viral video of a mischaracterized classroom episode. The sensationalized case has made national headlines, casting both his client and the school district in an unfavorable light. The situation could have been defused and handled differently, Beasley says. See…

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A sliding scale for criminal fines and traffic tickets?

To a brain surgeon or corporate executive, a speeding ticket is no big deal. They probably have that much cash in their purse or wallet. When a retail clerk or maid gets that traffic ticket, it hurts. It may mean the rent is late or they can’t buy food. It can have a domino effect….

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"‘PIL’ task force on opioid trade will cast a wide net"

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a coordinated and unprecedented effort to combat the scourge of prescription opioid abuse in America. By cracking down on the supply side, federal law enforcement hopes to reduce overdose deaths and the crime and family strife associated with painkiller addiction. But any War on Drugs always catches innocent people in…

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Report suggests federal agencies secretly helping local police

There is nothing wrong with federal agencies working with local law enforcement. Unless the feds are passing along unlawfully obtained information or concealing their secret surveillance. A recent court case has revealed a disturbing trend. Federal agents feed tips to state and local police who then make the bust. Those defendants and their lawyers typically…

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South Carolina Amtrak crash appears to be human error

Two crewmembers died and 116 passengers and crew were injured in a tragic train accident in South Carolina on Sunday, Feb. 4. An Amtrak train ended up on the wrong track and crashed head-on into a parked CSX freight train. The precise chain of events is under investigation. But an official from the National Transportation…

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The consequences of underage DUI are harsh and long-lasting

Jail or loss of driving privileges may not even be the worst part of a DUI conviction. The long-term aftermath can be just as devastating. This is especially true for students and young adults. A DUI on a young person’s record can affect their college plans and future employment, as well as their finances and…

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How are federal criminal charges different?

Criminal prosecutions can be brought in state or federal court. What is the difference between a state crime and a federal crime? What triggers federal charges? Is federal court any different than state court? Yes, there are important differences. Federal crimes are almost always felony charges, with potentially tougher punishments. Federal court operates under different…

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Oh, man. Even the computers are racist?

Recently we wrote about racial bias in plea bargains. For the same crime with no prior convictions, researchers found that white defendants, on average, had better outcomes than their black counterparts. ( You get probation, but you go to jail.) Along those lines, criminal justice gurus have tried to remove racial bias by taking humans…

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When does theft become a felony in South Carolina?

Most states set a certain dollar amount to differentiate between misdemeanor theft and felony theft. South Carolina has one of the highest thresholds in the nation for grand larceny (felony) charges. This prevents filling our prisons with low-level offenders and people who steal to feed drug addictions. However, any theft charges can lead to jail…

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Are cellphones fair game for law enforcement?

Mobile phones were once the exclusive domain of business moguls. Today, even 10-year-old kids have cellphones. Increasingly, law enforcement is using that fact to track the whereabouts of suspects and obtain data about private communications. But civil rights defenders and criminal defense lawyers are pushing back. In particular, they are challenging the use of cell…

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Before you respond to a letter from the IRS …

The Internal Revenue Service has issued a list of helpful tips for taxpayers who receive letters in the mail. Their “don’t panic” reassurances are hardly reassuring. Some of the advice is conflicting. And one piece of advice is conspicuously missing from “Seven Things To Do When An IRS Letter Arrives.” The list does not suggest…

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Black defendants treated unequally in plea bargain process

Much has been written about racial profiling by police. Much has been written about federal judges giving longer prison terms to minorities. New research shows that African-American defendants also face discrimination at several points between the arrest and sentencing. The study suggests race plays a role in the severity of charges and what prosecutors offer…

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Is Your Door Lock Protected By The Fourth Amendment?

Seemingly good detective work sometimes crosses a line. Police must follow leads and clues and hunches to solve crimes, but they also must follow the law. A federal appeals court recently ruled that police went too far when they inserted a key into a door to determine if their suspect lived there. The government argued…

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Failing To Report Side Income Can Be Prosecuted As Tax Evasion

There is a big difference between iffy tax deductions and failing to tell the IRS about thousands of dollars in income. The shift toward a gig economy – piecing together income from multiple sources – means more people are earning “off-book” money that the government doesn’t know about. So-called “side hustles” are costing the U.S….

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Courts limit warrants for cellphones and social media accounts

Law enforcement agencies quickly latched on to the electronic trail of evidence. Crimes are easier to prove with a smoking gun email or text, or an incriminating photo posted to Facebook. Prosecutors often tack on wire fraud charges for extra leverage if the suspects used the internet or smartphones in furtherance of a crime. But…

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How to challenge a DUI charge in South Carolina

Were you recently arrested under suspicion of drunk driving? Are you facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) or driving with an unlawful concentration (DUAC)? It is important to fight back in order to keep a conviction off of your permanent record. Avoid the consequences of a conviction Depending on the circumstances in…

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‘Just passing through’

Lots of people arrested in the Greenville area don’t live here. They are drawn to Falls Park, to Bon Secours, to Centre Stage, the Greenville Zoo, or our Shakespeare festival. Or they are just passing through, and they happen to have bad luck here. Some visitors are convinced that local law enforcement is on the…

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How much do you really know about South Carolina DUI?

Think you know a lot about DUI laws in South Carolina? If you find yourself pulled over or facing charges of driving under the influence, it pays to be well-informed. Here are some questions (and answers) you can use to test your knowledge. In South Carolina can you legally drink alcohol before driving a car?

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Critics of “Back the Blue” worry police would not be accountable

A bill in Congress called “Back the Blue” is intended to protect police officers who put their lives on the line. But the proposed legislation would not only enhance penalties for killing or assaulting officers, but broaden immunity to cops who are sued for brutality or using deadly force. Opponents are concerned that “Back the…

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Drug Arrests Of The Rich And Famous

Celebrities used as an example by law enforcement Despite their fans and the importance placed on them in our society, celebrities can also get arrested for drug crimes. In many situations, as with other citizens, officers make these arrests based on simple possession – especially of marijuana. Many people believe that the rich and famous…

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Do police always need probable cause?

Most of us have heard the phrase “probable cause” used by police officers and prosecutors on television shows. The first thing any good criminal defense lawyer will do is investigate whether the police had right and reason for searching a person’s property, or even questioning a person before making an arrest. In this post, I…

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New York passes 'Raise The Age.' North Carolina next?

Juveniles belong in juvenile court The governor of New York just signed a bill called “Raise the Age.” That leaves North Carolina as the only state that still automatically charges 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. The good news is that North Carolina appears poised to also raise the age of criminal prosecution to 18. However,…

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Helping To Hide A Crime Is A Crime

Recovering the money is often a chief priority in fraud investigations Just like the proverbial person who helps bury a body, a person who helps conceal a white collar crime can likewise be charged with fraud, wire fraud or conspiracy. Five former executives of a credit card processing company are accused of siphoning more than…

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Texas judge set bail at $4 BILLION dollars!

She called attention to a system that unfairly keeps people in jail while awaiting trial. The purpose of bail is to make sure suspects show up for court. The higher the bond, the less likely the person will skip town. A Texas judge took this to the extreme recently when she set bail at 4…

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A second chance … to commit crimes?

**D.C. lawmakers say leniency in youth sentencing has not deterred crime** Youthful offender laws offer lenient sentences and a clean record. Many juveniles squander the opportunity, committing new and escalated crimes. Some are sentenced a third, fourth and fifth time under such “second chance” laws. Lawmakers in the District of Columbia are pushing to repeal…

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There is no ‘dope-alyzer’ for driving while high

Any marijuana in a driver’s blood can trigger DUI charges Marijuana possession has become legal in nine states and a lower priority for law enforcement elsewhere. But driving under the influence of marijuana or other drugs remains illegal in every state, including South Carolina. Unlike alcohol, there is no blood or breath test for marijuana…

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Forensic Evidence Is Sometimes Junk Science

A government report finds fault with the use of forensics in court. Increasingly, law enforcement investigations rely on forensic science, from DNA matching to facial recognition software. Some of the most popular shows on television are crime dramas in which the case is solved by a lock of hair or speck of blood. In real…

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Gone fishing: freeway drug arrests

Casting out the line hundreds of times eventually pays off. Many law enforcement officers dream of making a big drug bust. Selfies next to a mound of drugs and guns and cash. TV interviews, maybe a promotion. All chalked up to patient and diligent police work. In reality, a lot of drug busts stem from…

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South Carolina’s strange DUI loophole for mopeds

Most people assume that operating any motorized vehicle while drunk can land you in jail. However, that isn’t currently the case in South Carolina. A surprising loophole in the law specifically excludes mopeds from the definition of DUI. Put simply, you can’t get a DUI conviction for driving a moped while intoxicated. The loophole provides…

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Could underage drinking charges cost you your scholarship?

There’s no question that underage drinking charges can have a profound impact on your future. Not only are your rights at stake but so, too, are your educational opportunities. The penalties for a conviction can extend beyond probation, potential jail time, fines and loss of your driver’s license. You could also stand to lose your…

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Child pornography lands man in 10 year prison sentence

A 72-year-old Minnesota man was convicted last week on one charge for possession of child pornography. He was sentenced to an unusually harsh 10 years in prison and 10 years supervised release. His sentence was possibly made longer because this was his second child exploitation related offense. He was tried and convicted in the District…

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Two Guatemalan drug leaders convicted in U.S. court

Last week, following a four-week trial, two leaders of a Guatemalan Drug Cartel were convicted in federal court of one count each of conspiracy to distribute cocaine into the United States. This case is notable because these two individuals were charged for actions that they committed in another country based upon the effect that it…

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The risks of driving while drugged

Driving while under the influence of drugs brings to mind a scary boogeyman or reckless college student. However, the reality is far blander. The decriminalization and legalization of formerly illegal substances have led to a rise in drugged driving arrests. There is no uniform reporting and assessment system, so it is difficult to track the…

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Two Georgian men charged in interstate armed robbery case

The Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida filed charges against multiple defendants earlier this week. The complaint alleges that a team of four people conspired to and actually robbed several jewelry stores in multiple states. Specifically, they planned and executed robberies against stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and North Carolina….

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An overview of gun regulation laws

Gun laws are regulated by both the state and federal governments. This means you often have two regulatory schemes with which to comply. Additionally, just because it is permitted under federal law, does not mean that your local state government does not include additional restrictions. There are several federal laws that regulate the ownership of…

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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…

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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…

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Onus on defendant when using the insanity defense

It is a common assumption that whenever you don’t like your odds at trial you can just plead insanity and get away Scott-free. This isn’t necessarily true. Proving an insanity defense means convincing the jury that you either did not understand what you were doing, could not control your actions or even that you failed…

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Drug charges include more than just drugs

You are probably aware that some drugs are illegal, like marijuana or heroin, but sometimes possessing items associated with drug use is illegal. Drug paraphernalia is any items that are related to the use of illegal drugs. These crimes may include innocuous items like spoons or more sinister products like needles or pipes. This article…

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The consequences of a DUI charge

A driving while under the influence charge involves the operation of a vehicle while you are under the influence of alcohol, drugs or some other substance that impairs reaction time or judgment. A person who is convicted of a DUI charge most likely faces some sort of criminal punishment including and up to time in…

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There is a federal death penalty

Most every state has some sort of capital punishment, or “death penalty,” for certain crimes. In addition to the state criminal statutes, the federal government also has a death penalty. The death penalty is a punishment for certain felony crimes. It usually involves a lethal injection of a cocktail of drugs designed to peacefully kill…

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Telling the truth is the best defense

There are gradient versions of the “truth.” Sometimes it will be exactly how the prosecutor portrays it and other times it is how the defense attorney explains it. Many other times it is a gray area between these two extremes. Your defense attorney should be honest and upfront with you about the realities of your…

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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…

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Four arrested in Georgetown during drug raid

Following complaints by neighbors of drug activity, DEU agents and Georgetown Sheriff’s executed a search warrant on a residence. Once inside, the police arrested the four suspects. A search of the house revealed several grams of marijuana, cocaine, scales, packaging materials, illegal firearms, prescription pills, over $12,000 in cash and various stolen property. These four…

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Understanding criminal charges in South Carolina

When clients come to the Greenville law firm of Beasley Law, many of them are scared and confused because they do not understand the criminal charges they face and are unsure of how to defend themselves against those charges. A large part of our job as a criminal defense law firm is to support our…

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What is Emma’s Law?

Charges of driving under the influence have always been serious business in South Carolina. On Oct. 1, 2014, Gov. Nikki Haley signed new legislation into law that considerably strengthened the penalties for drunk drivers. This legislation, known as Emma’s Law, is named for a girl who died in an accident involving a repeat DUI offender….

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What Are Crimes of Deception?

With technology providing people greater interconnectivity than ever before there’s an evolution of white-collar crime. Actions enabled through new technologies can still be classified under the 1939 FBI definition of white-collar crime; crimes of lying, cheating and stealing. You may be surprised to find that federal investigators are focusing more than ever on stopping fraud…

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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…

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How common are DUI arrests?

Throughout South Carolina, countless individuals have been charged with drunk driving at one time or another. Some have escaped conviction, whereas others were not that fortunate. In either case, the preceding process is much the same. Officers attempt to determine your blood alcohol concentration and find out whether it is in excess of the legal…

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A good defense may help you face drug charges

As many residents of South Carolina are aware, being investigated on suspicion of involvement in a drug crime can be a very serious matter. Even before the matter goes to trial, it can have a severe impact on your life. For example, you could be suspended from your job while you are under investigation. You…

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Man arrested in connection with shooting

In South Carolina, it is a well-known fact that criminal charges can dramatically affect your life, especially if you are young. A conviction does even more damage, leaving a permanent mark on your record and affecting your chances of employment, college and even getting a loan. As a result, if you have been charged with…

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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…

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An excessive BAC may be it all takes to be charged

You may know your limits, but if they are above the legal level of 0.08 percent, you could still get into trouble, no matter how confident you are behind the wheel. A single mistake on the part of any road user can result in an accident. However, if you are involved in that accident and…

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White collar charges can severely affect your future

In South Carolina, it is no secret that a criminal conviction can be extremely detrimental to your future prospects and even have an effect on your current employment. This is especially the case if you are in a position of great responsibility as the damage to your reputation could result in you being dismissed. Even…

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South Carolina man facing multiple drug charges

Every year in South Carolina, numerous people are arrested in connection with drug crimes. However, not all of these people have committed a crime. It is often difficult for the authorities to determine the truth, especially during the early stages of an investigation. As such, it is possible that you may be implicated in a…

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What is entrapment?

In South Carolina, it is no secret that being charged with a crime can be a very serious matter. No matter the severity of the charges, a conviction can still damage your future as the mark on your record can remain for the rest of your life. This may mean you struggle to find work…

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Graduate charged with theft from sorority

As most people in South Carolina know, positions involving the handling of large sums of money come with a significant amount of responsibility. A mistake can be extremely costly for the organization involved and can even bring you under suspicion. Not only could you be removed from your position, but you might even find yourself…

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You could be charged over drugs that are not yours

In South Carolina, it is no secret that there are a large number of people engaged in the use, manufacture and distribution of controlled substances. As a result, authorities are constantly on the lookout for evidence that an individual may be involved in one of these crimes. However, it is notoriously difficult to pinpoint these…

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The legal system can be hard to navigate alone

When you are faced with criminal charges in South Carolina, your first concern may be what you can say in your defense. There are many details that may be relevant to your case, but saying the right thing at the right time is essential and how you structure your defense can make a huge difference…

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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…

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Officers may be mistaken about who was driving during a DUI

When accidents occur in South Carolina they can often be traumatic for all concerned, especially if someone was injured in the incident. Suddenly you find yourself having to exchange details with other drivers, speak to medical staff and try to explain the situation to attending officers. The shock of the crash may leave you confused…

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What is tax evasion?

Tax forms can be extremely confusing and it is all too easy to make a mistake. However, as most residents of South Carolina know, such an error can be costly. It is vital to thoroughly check all tax documents before submitting them as an error could be interpreted as an attempt at defrauding the tax…

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Act quickly when faced with criminal charges

Throughout South Carolina, the authorities do all they can to keep the peace and protect the residents of the state. Of course, this is not always an easy job and when crimes occur the investigative process is often drawn out and taxing for all concerned. In fact, it can be so difficult to get to…

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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…

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South Carolina works to close DUI loophole

It is a well-known fact in South Carolina that drunk driving can lead to a lengthy investigation, serious criminal charges and severe penalties if convicted. The consequences can range from the suspension of your driver’s license, to hefty fines or even time spent in prison. If anyone was hurt while you were driving drunk and…

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What factors can exacerbate drug charges?

In South Carolina, it is well-known that criminal charges can have a dramatic effect on your future. Aside from the immediate worries about conviction, fines and possible prison sentences, the mark on your record can greatly diminish your employment prospects and even affect your housing, college and financial options. Furthermore, friends and family may be…

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Sometimes the truth is the best defense

When you are faced with criminal charges in South Carolina, your immediate instinct might be to deny everything in order to protect yourself as much as possible. However, this is not always the wisest course of action. Being caught out on a minor detail could undermine your future testimony as authorities may be less willing…

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Criminal charges can destroy your reputation

When you work in a position of power and responsibility, your reputation is critical. You need to be seen as trustworthy and reliable or you could find yourself being removed from the position or, perhaps worse, being blamed for mistakes or illicit activity connected with your office. In South Carolina, law enforcement officials are so…

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South Carolina sheriff faces prison time

Criminal charges are never good news. No matter how minor the alleged offense, being the subject of a criminal investigation can have a dramatic impact on your day-to-day life, your reputation and even your home environment. This in turn can put you under great emotional stress, which can in turn have a negative effect on…

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Police planned DUI crackdown for St. Patrick's day

South Carolinians enjoy engaging in all sorts of public festivities. Such gatherings always provide the opportunity to share time with old friends and meet new friends. In such times, there is nothing wrong with having a drink or two to make the celebration that much more fun. In fact, in the case of St. Patrick’s…

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How is drug possession proven?

In South Carolina, being charged with a drug-related offense is a serious matter. If convicted, you could lose your job, struggle to find future employment or even have your housing options limited. Aside from that, you could be fined, sent to prison or even lose any professional licenses you might hold. In short, a _[drug…

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Great responsibility can lead to serious accusations

Any form of criminal charge can change your life indefinitely. However, as many residents of South Carolina are aware, federal charges can be even more severe. In many cases they carry greater fines, longer sentences and harsher repercussions. However, something that not everyone realizes is that it is not only individuals that can be charged…

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Great responsibility can lead to serious accusations

Reaching a position of great responsibility within your organization can be a worthy achievement. However, like all such things it comes with its risks. The more responsibility you bear, the greater the scrutiny under which you are held and the more serious your mistakes are considered to be. Worse still, some may even suggest that…

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What are South Carolina’s DUI penalties?

In South Carolina, the roads are not always safe. As a result, officers are constantly on the lookout for anyone who appears to be driving erratically or irresponsibly. For the most part this makes the state’s roads far safer. However, from time to time this means that innocent people may come under suspicion. A slight…

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South Carolina man charged with possession

Drug charges are a serious matter, no matter which state you live in and South Carolina is no exception. While the severity of the penalties for conviction can vary dramatically depending on state laws and the type and quantity of the drugs involved, it can still be life-changing. Not only might you face significant fines…

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Federal convictions can often be far more serious

Crime is taken very seriously in South Carolina and officers are extremely dedicated to tracking down offenders and seeing that they are held accountable for their actions. Unfortunately, this can mean that innocent people occasionally come under suspicion as investigators work to get to the bottom of a crime. However, you are considered innocent unless…

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Be aware of implication in wire fraud

Working in a position of power in South Carolina is a double-edged sword. While your job may be well-paid and interesting, it can also mean that you come under a lot of scrutiny. If you make any kind of mistake, there may be suspicions that it was a deliberate action intended to benefit yourself or…

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When can you claim self-defense?

Being charged with any kind of crime in South Carolina can have serious consequences and violent crimes are no exception. Whether you have been accused of assault, battery or even murder, authorities recognize the importance of identifying the truth behind the incident. If you injured the alleged victim, you may worry that there is no…

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Be aware of implied consent laws

Something many drivers in South Carolina are unaware of is the fact that holding a driver’s license means you are bound by certain laws. This legislation, often termed as “implied consent,” means that you consent to any chemical or field sobriety tests required to determine whether your driving has been impaired by drugs or alcohol….

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Federal charges can be life-changing

Being charged with any sort of crime is a serious issue in South Carolina. Depending on the nature and severity of the crime, you could face anything from fines or community service to a lengthy prison sentence. The damage to your reputation could affect the way you are treated within your local community, while the…

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Is pleading insanity the right choice for you?

When you are faced with criminal charges and the threat of conviction in South Carolina, it can be an extremely traumatic experience. You may worry about the future, the effect a conviction could have on your employment and accommodation options and whether you will receive a prison sentence, taking you away from friends and family….

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Sheriff accused of federal corruption

Criminal charges are a serious matter, particularly if you work in a position of power or influence. Even being suspected of a crime can be extremely damaging to your reputation. Furthermore, if you are convicted, you could lose your job altogether. On top of all this, a conviction could even affect your chances of future…

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How can you reinstate your license in South Carolina?

If you are convicted of drunk driving, it can have many detrimental effects on your life. You might face fines or even a prison sentence. You could also have your license suspended. If you need to drive to work or, worse, if your job involves driving, you may be unable to continue working. Furthermore it…

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Drug charges are not the end

Being charged with a drug crime can be devastating. Drug charges are taken very seriously in South Carolina and can have a dramatic impact on your future. If you are convicted, that mark remains on your record, affecting your professional prospects, housing options and even the severity of future charges. Furthermore, family and friends may…

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What are the benefits of negotiating a plea deal?

Every year in South Carolina, countless people are investigated for criminal offenses. These can range from violence or disorderly conduct, to fraud, conspiracy, drug use or even drunk driving. Whatever the case, a criminal investigation can be an exhausting and distressing thing to go through, not to mention time-consuming. In the meantime, you could be…

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What is a white collar crime?

When you work in a position of power, you may be constantly under scrutiny. The slightest mistake might be deemed to be a deliberate attempt to misuse that power. Furthermore, any such slip could severely damage your reputation and jeopardize your position. In South Carolina, white-collar crimes are not an uncommon occurrence and as such…

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Drive-by shooting leads to 2 arrests

Federal charges are not to be taken lightly, as they often arise from serious accusations and can be punished severely in the event of conviction. Whether a crime is tried on the state or federal level can depend on a number of factors. Furthermore, while federal penalties are often more severe, this can vary from…

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Drug paraphernalia can add to your charges

If you are suspected of involvement in a drug-related offense, you could face a lengthy investigation. This may lead to your home, vehicle and your person being searched or even your friends and family being questioned. Furthermore, if any illegal substances are found, authorities will want to determine whether they belong to you and what…

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What are the penalties for drunk driving?

If you are arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in South Carolina, one of your primary concerns may be the potential severity of the penalties you may face if convicted. These can range from fines to jail time and may also include conditions such as the revocation of your driver’s license, or the installation of…

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South Carolina men charged with drug crimes

It is important to be aware of the legislation surrounding drug possession and use, not only in your home state, but in any state you visit. Being found in possession of something illegal within that state can land you in serious trouble. This in turn can lead to serious legal repercussions, such as hefty fines…

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Can an online scam constitute a federal crime?

Federal charges are not something to be taken lightly. The penalties for such crimes are often severe, so it is important to act quickly in your defense if faced with such allegations. Furthermore, it is important to bear in mind that federal offenses cover a broader range of crimes than you might think. For example,…

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Know your rights concerning blood alcohol tests

During a DUI traffic stop, there are a number of tests you may be asked to submit to. However, in the heat of the moment, you might be unsure how to respond. The fear of incrimination, even if you know you have not been drinking, can make the thought of taking any of these tests…

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Fast action may help when faced with federal charges

A federal charge is a serious matter with potentially life-changing consequences. The punishments for such offenses are often severe, while the mark on your record can be detrimental to both your personal and professional life. Furthermore, the prosecution in such cases can gain substantial leverage from federal sentencing guidelines. Many federal charges fall into the…

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Man arrested after passing out in drive-thru

If you are perceived to be behaving abnormally behind the wheel of a vehicle, there is a chance that you will be investigated for drunk driving. Unusual behavior could include swerving erratically, drifting or even falling asleep at the wheel. Of course, there are any number of reasons that such behavior might occur, from fatigue…

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Another South Carolina sheriff faces criminal charges

Coming under suspicion for involvement in a federal crime can be damaging to anyone’s prospects. However, for someone in a position of power or influence, it can be particularly devastating. Even suspected criminality can be highly damaging to their reputation and may even cost them their post. Furthermore, all this is before you even consider…

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South Carolina man charged in fatal DUI accident

Being involved in a car accident is traumatic enough, but the chances are that you will also have to undergo a police investigation. Officers will want to determine the cause of the accident and you may be asked to submit to various tests to determine whether you were intoxicated at the time of the accident….

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Multiple arrests made in South Carolina

If you have ever been investigated in connection with criminal charges, you will know how distressing and exhausting it can be. Regardless of your involvement with the crimes you may have been accused of, such allegations can have a dramatic effect on your work, relationships and even your personal well-being. Furthermore, worries about possible conviction

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Lawmaker battles charges of fraud

In South Carolina, charges of federal crimes such as fraud are taken very seriously. Unfortunately, some people fall foul of such allegations through no fault of their own. Mistakes on tax returns, missed payments and other such errors can all come into play in a fraud charge. The consequences of a conviction can be severe,…

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Man who crashed his car into a house is charged with DUI

When automobile accidents occur, law enforcement officials are obliged to determine the cause. If they suspect a driver has been under the influence of alcohol when an accident occurs, this can significantly impact the case and the driver’s future. A convicted individual might be fined, lose his or her license, or even face jail time….

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DUI charge brought in relation to 3-vehicle accident

Recently, here in South Carolina, a man has been accused of getting behind the wheel while under the influence and triggering a three-vehicle accident. The man is 60 years old. According to authorities, he was driving a motor vehicle along a road in Columbia last Friday morning. Authorities claim that the man then attempted to…

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Man in Spartanburg charged with cocaine and gun crimes

Recently, a police patrol of a motel in Spartanburg resulted in a drug arrest. On March 6, a police patrol was being conducted in a motel area that narcotics complaints had been made in relation to. A drug-sniffing dog was part of this patrol. According to authorities, the dog alerted when conducting a drug sniff…

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