South Carolina Criminal Defense Trials

Criminal cases are the result of being charged with a felony by the U.S. government after committing a crime like robbing a bank or breaking into a store with a firearm. The defendant, the person charged with a felony, is expected to participate in the trial process and has the right to hire a criminal defense lawyer or be appointed one. A defendant is innocent until the government resolves their burden of proof Read More

Why Hire A Criminal Defense Attorney in South Carolina

Being charged with committing a felony means that a serious crime has been committed and that means jail time that can range from one year to a lifetime. In the U.S., people are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. A defendant is the individual accused of the crime and has the right to hire a defense lawyer or have one assigned to them if they cannot afford one. A few examples of what constitutes a Read More

An Overview of South Carolina’s Domestic Violence Laws

In 2015, South Carolina law changed the way it handles domestic violence cases. More levels of domestic violence were added. Instead of two categories, misdemeanor or high and aggravated nature, there are now four degrees of severity. Let’s look a little closer at domestic violence laws. What’s the Difference Between Domestic Violence and Assault and Battery? To be considered domestic violence, an assault must Read More

What to Do if You’ve Been Accused of Domestic Violence

Being faced with an accusation of domestic violence can make you feel helpless, worried, and afraid—and rightfully so. A domestic violence conviction can have profound consequences on your life, your future, and the lives of your loved ones. These consequences can include: Being removed from your home for the duration of any outstanding Orders of Protection Suffering a damaged reputation amongst your Read More

Are You Under Investigation? Don’t Do These 4 Things!

If you’ve just discovered that you’re under investigation, your first impulse may be to panic. You may think about calling the police to tell your side of the story. Surely they will back off once you convince them that they’ve got the wrong person or, at the very least, the wrong version of what happened. Don’t count on it. If you’ve seen the movie My Cousin Vinny, you probably remember the scene where Sheriff Read More

Second Chances: How to Get Charges Removed from Your Record

Having a criminal offense on your record in South Carolina can be a hurdle in many aspects of one’s life, no matter how serious or how long ago the charges took place. Potential employers can see your whole record when they do a background check, and having criminal offenses can negatively impact your hiring potential. Getting admitted into school or getting a professional license may be more difficult for you. Read More

How the Police May Get a “Confession” from You—Even if You’re Innocent

Getting brought in by the police for questioning would be scary for anyone, especially for people who are completely innocent of the crime they’re suspected of. Playing upon this fear, police officers have specific tricks and techniques that they use to try to get an individual to confess. Often times, these methods are so effective that they actually lead to an innocent person confessing to a crime they didn't Read More

What to Do and What Not to Do When You Get Pulled Over By the Police

One minute you’re driving along the Grand Strand enjoying a nice summer night. The next thing you know, you see blue lights in your rearview mirror. Just like that, you’ve gotten pulled over by the police! It’s a natural reaction to be a little nervous when you get pulled over, but allowing your panic to take over can lead to some costly mistakes. There are certain things you definitely should do when you get Read More

The Ins and Outs of South Carolina Grand Juries

Being charged with a crime can be a frightening experience, and not knowing what happens in the context of court proceedings can make anyone fear for their future. In South Carolina, there are two types of juries that handle crimes, and depending on the severity of the situation, the process for bringing someone to court can differ. Today we’re going to examine grand juries to better understand what they are, how Read More

Understanding the Discovery Process in a Criminal Trial

Many of us love watching crime shows on television, and often think that the procedures depicted represent the true inner workings of the court system. The process of presenting evidence (often in a surprise manner), calling witnesses to the stand, and giving testimony are all very dramatized on our favorite shows. Today we’re going to look at one section of a criminal trial called discovery; aptly titled, this Read More