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I Have to Do ADSAP Twice?

When you are charged with a DUI in South Carolina, you might also have your license suspended. Either, or both, of these issues could result in the requirement to take South Carolina’s Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program (ADSAP). And yes, since there are two different reasons that you might be required to take ADSAP, that also means that there may be a scenario in which you take the course not once but twice. As Read More

What Does a Defense Attorney Actually Do Once Retained?

If you’re considering hiring an attorney to represent you on a criminal charge, you may find yourself wondering whether you even need one. If you’ve already hired an attorney to represent you, you may find yourself wondering what, exactly, you are paying for. So, what do attorneys do once they’re hired? The goal of a defense attorney is to find the most reasonable or best outcome for their client. Depending on when Read More

I Failed PTI, Now What Happens?

If you are given the opportunity to do a Pre-Trial Diversion program, we hope that you will take that opportunity seriously. But we also understand that our clients are human and that there are a variety of reasons why a person might “fail” or be kicked out of their PTI program. The good news is that this is not a worst-case scenario. You still have options if you don’t complete your PTI Program. When you sign up for Read More

When Am I Required to Comply with a Law Enforcement Officer?

Unless complying with the Officer would violate your rights, the short answer is you should always comply with law enforcement. It’s important to know what your rights are regarding what a law enforcement officer is allowed to do or to ask from you, and there are times when you can refuse a request made, but if the request does not violate your rights, the best response is to comply. When might I find myself in this Read More

What is (Simple) Possession?

(Simple) Possession is a term that refers to a drug charge in a weight of drugs generally considered to be intended for “personal use.” First Offense Possession charges are usually classified as misdemeanor drug charges in the state of South Carolina*. Second or subsequent offenses are generally classified as felony charges. Whatever the classification, a Possession charge can have very serious consequences if a Read More

What Is Drug Court in Horry County?

In Horry County, if you are charged with a Drug offense or other non-violent offense in General Sessions and are not eligible for Pre-Trial Intervention, you may be eligible for Drug Court. Drug Court is an intensive judicially supervised treatment program for individuals who are addicted to or dependent on drugs, alcohol, or other controlled substances, who are committed to recovery, and who are willing and able to Read More

How Long Does It Take to Get Evidence in My Case?

So, you’ve hired an attorney and they have submitted a Brady Motion requesting the evidence in your case. How quickly can you expect to start reviewing that evidence?   What Kinds of Evidence Exist? The most common forms of evidence in a criminal case are police reports and car/body camera footage, but these are not the only type of evidence. Police reports and camera footage are created on or shortly after the date Read More

Is it Illegal to Drink on the Beach?

Imagine, if you will: it’s a perfect, sunny day. The sky is a shade of blue to rival the ocean that meets it on the horizon. The ocean waves are ideal for whatever water activity you have planned. The breeze is just enough to cool, but too light to kick up any sand into your drink. And that drink? It’s an ice-cold beer or a perfectly smooth daiquiri. It’s every vacationer’s dream. Until it isn’t. What that vacation Read More

Federal vs. State Drug Crimes

Federal drug crimes are, essentially, the same as state drug crimes. All of the different drug types that are illegal to either possess or sell in state court are also illegal to possess or sell in federal court. There are a couple of areas in which the federal and the state differ regarding drug crimes, some small, some major. One of the minor differences between federal and state drug charges is a matter of Read More

What About My Right to a Speedy Trial?

It is important to understand that the court systems in every state, county, and municipality operate a little differently from one another. While you may be familiar with the general process in one court system, you may find that the courts just one county over have a strikingly different process. The court procedures which we are most familiar with, New York and Los Angeles thanks to film and television, should Read More