Why should I hire a lawyer before I am charged with a crime?

We are often contacted by individuals who have had the police stop by their house or call them requesting information. The reason for this police contact may be that these individuals are suspected of criminal activity, or that the police believe they may know something about some criminal activity they are investigating. Regardless of why the police wish to speak to someone, it is important to know that every Read More

Search and Seizure: When Can the Government Invade Your Privacy?

Imagine this scenario: You’re sitting at home when you hear a knock at your door. You open it to find a couple of local police officers in front of you, asking if they can take a look around your house. Understanding whether you are legally obliged to allow them to conduct a search of your home, or if you are within your rights to refuse them, is critical. Many people believe that they are obligated to permit Read More

Understanding the Criminal Appeals Process

If you are found guilty of a crime, but feel that the law wasn’t applied correctly or adequately in your case, you have the right to appeal. Whether the conviction takes place at the federal or state level, you can still try to appeal it by arguing that there was a mistake made during the trial that could have influenced the jury against you, and ultimately affected the outcome. The handling of appeals cases is Read More

What Is The Difference Between Financial Transaction Card Fraud, Financial Transaction Card Theft, and Breach of Trust with Fraudulent Intent?

Fraud charges are serious business. A person or business may face charges of financial transaction card theft, financial transaction card fraud, or breach of trust with fraudulent intent depending on the circumstances of the alleged crime and the facts around what happened. We explain the main differences as well as the penalties if convicted. Financial Transaction Card Theft A charge of financial transaction Read More

A Brief Guide to Drug Crime Punishments in South Carolina

Unlawful drug offenses in South Carolina include the purchase, sale, trafficking, distribution, manufacturing, possession, or possession with intent to distribute controlled substances. Every one of these offenses is aggressively prosecuted by law enforcement and the Circuit Solicitor’s Office in an attempt to clean up the streets. If you’re convicted of a drug crime, you’ll find yourself facing heavy fines and 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

A Brief Guide to South Carolina Post-Conviction Relief

Do you feel that your rights were violated during the course of your recent criminal trial? If so, you may be eligible for post-conviction relief, or PCR, which can lead to a new trial to fight your conviction. While it can be a long and difficult process, our South Carolina legal team wants to make it easier by giving you the information you need to proceed. How the SC PCR Process Works Post-conviction relief Read More

Understanding Disorderly Conduct Charges in South Carolina

Disorderly conduct can be seen as murky territory. The law doesn’t specify exact descriptions of illegal behavior and it’s a bit of a catch-all charge. If you’ve been charged with public disorderly conduct, it may not seem fair. Maybe you were just having fun with your friends and got a little too rowdy. This doesn’t change the fact though that being charged with disorderly conduct can have significant and Read More

Understanding South Carolina’s Reckless Vehicular Homicide

South Carolina is the one of the worst in the nation when it comes to DUI-related deaths, ranking 5th in the country overall. So it should come as no surprise then that the penalties for DUIs and vehicular homicides in the state are harsh and unforgiving. Many times, if a driver has been drinking and causes an accident that results in a fatality, either felony could be charged. For this reason, DUI and Reckless Read More

An Overview of Assault and Battery in South Carolina

Many states separate “assault” and “battery” into two separate charges. However, the state of South Carolina merges them together into a single infraction. Regardless of naming structure, being charged with assaulting another person can carry life-changing consequences and should be addressed with urgency. The state of South Carolina divides Assault and Battery charges up into three different degrees, according Read More