202004.20
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Common South Carolina Drug Charges

            As with every state, South Carolina has its own statutory scheme of drug laws. The laws set forth the elements and penalties for attempting to possess, manufacturing, possession, intent to distribute, distribution and trafficking of illegal drugs. Laws also address criminal violations for many offenses related to the drug laws, such as paraphernalia, committing…

202004.14
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Why Should I Tell My Criminal Defense Lawyer Everything I Know

Individuals facing trial in a criminal case often attempt to withhold vital information from their defense attorney. The individuals might believe that an admission of guilt or their involvement in the case might alter the criminal defense lawyer’s motivation to defend them, or that the defense lawyer might not fight as hard for them if…

202003.27
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Frequently Asked Questions About South Carolina Juvenile Court

What happens when a minor is arrested in South Carolina? The South Carolina Department of Justice (DJJ) will conduct an “intake” to complete a comprehensive psychological, social, and educational assessment of the child. A caseworker with DJJ will be assigned, and will interview the child and the child’s parents or guardian to compile background information….

202003.09
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Criminal Law and the CDL

CDL AND REQUIREMENTS A Commercial Driver License (CDL) is a driver license authorizing an individual to drive a class of commercial motor vehicle, which is defined as any motor vehicle designed or used to transport passengers or property if the vehicle: has a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the…

202002.29
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DUI: Field Sobriety Tests

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A driver suspected of DUI will almost always be requested to perform Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs). While it is not uncommon for an officer to request a driver to perform any number of tasks, such as touching the tip on one’s nose with the index finger or going through the alphabet backward A driver suspected…

202002.26
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The Right To A Unanimous Jury Verdict

Does a state court criminal defendant have the right to a unanimous jury decision to convict? In all but one state, Oregon, yes. The Sixth Amendment guarantees a unanimous jury verdict in federal criminal trials. Currently, however, any state could enact a non-unanimous rule. For example, in Oregon, since 1934, a criminal defendant can be…

202002.18
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How Do I Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney

Years ago, someone arrested for and accused of a criminal offense relied on “word of mouth” in searching for a criminal defense attorney. However, times have changed, and now the most likely move is to reach for a smart phone, tablet or computer. A Google search for a criminal defense attorney will result in pages…

202002.18
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South Carolina Asset Forfeiture Laws Ruled Unconstitutional

South Carolina’s laws permitting law enforcement to seize and retain a person’s property, including cash, vehicles, and even homes, upon an arrest for a South Carolina Drug Crime has been found unconstitutional by a Circuit Court Judge in Horry County, South Carolina. Routinely, the South Carolina Criminal Defense Attorney is faced with the situation of…