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Will I Go to Jail if I Get Caught with Marijuana in the Car?

If you are pulled over, and you end up with the police searching your car because they think they smell marijuana, you might be in trouble if they find some. In South Carolina, marijuana is a Schedule I drug that is still illegal to possess and distribute. If you are convicted on a drug charge,…

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Can I Lose My Professional License for a Criminal Charge?

If you are a licensed professional, then you have worked hard to get where you are now. You’ve studied diligently, practiced, and earned your license so that you can have the career you’ve been wanting. But when you are charged with a crime, whether you are guilty of it or not, the charge alone can…

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Can I Be Arrested for Threatening to Spread Coronavirus?

Back in 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) warned that anyone who intentionally spreads, or threatens to spread, coronavirus, would be charged with terrorism. According to a memorandum sent out in March of that year, a person could be arrested for coughing on other people or objects with the purpose of infecting others. The…

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Do I Need a Lawyer if I’m Caught With Drugs?

More often than not, if you need to ask yourself if you need a lawyer, the answer is going to be yes – especially if you’ve been arrested for possession of an illegal substance. In order to know why you need a lawyer (other than the legal system is a complex and complicated machine that…

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Why Eyewitness Testimony May Be Unreliable

If you have ever watched a crime procedural, you have watched the scene where the potential “perps” are put in a line, and a victim is forced to identify the person who attacked him or her. In most versions, the victim either recognizes the alleged attacker immediately, or states clearly and emphatically that his or…

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Understanding Assault and Battery Charges in South Carolina

Any dispute or altercation that involves physical touching or an attempt to touch someone can lead to assault charges. South Carolina has different levels of assault charges that depend on a few factors. These factors include the severity of the injury the victim suffers, where and how the victim was touched, and whether the assault…

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You May Be Surprised What Is Considered a Crime in South Carolina

Everyone makes mistakes. However, some of those mistakes can lead to arrest and criminal charges no matter how innocent you thought they were. South Carolina has some interesting laws on the books. Want to play a pinball machine at an arcade or pizza parlor? You better be 18. Own horses? If they are scared by…

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Why Do Prosecutors and Defense Lawyers Negotiate Plea Bargains?

The different participants in the criminal justice system have different interests. The job of a criminal defense lawyer is to assert every argument and every strategy possible to achieve the best possible outcome for his client. The prosecutor is there to represent the needs of the public when a person has committed a crime. Sometimes,…

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Medical Kidnapping: When a Hospital Kidnaps Your Child

Every parent’s nightmare is their child falling seriously ill. But imagine this bad dream getting even worse. You take your child to the hospital or urgent care for medical help and the recommended course of treatment has significant side effects – side effects that you believe will have harmful and permanent effects on the well-being…

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