South Carolina DUIs: 5 Eye-Opening Statistics

It sounds appealing to meet up with friends after work and have a few drinks, but when you’ve had one drink too many and decide to drive home, your entire evening can change. Drivers in South Carolina have to be careful when it comes to operating a vehicle under the influence, and can face some strict consequences if pulled over and charged with a DUI. Let’s take a look at some statistics that puts this life-changing 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

How to Get a DUI Without Drinking a Drop of Alcohol

The term DUI is often synonymous with drunk driving, and leads people to think about getting in trouble for driving after drinking alcohol. In reality, DUI stands for driving under the influence, and this influence does not limit its definition to alcohol alone. Any substance that could cause you to engage in unsafe driving behavior can be considered grounds for a DUI if it is found in your system. Here are a few of 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

A Penny in the Mouth & 4 Other Myths About Beating the Breathalyzer

You might have heard a story from a coworker or former college roommate that they were able to get out of a DUI by tricking the breathalyzer machine. It sounds too good to be true right? And it is. Today we’re going to address some of the more common myths out there regarding this tool police use to charge someone with a DUI. Myth - Putting a penny in your mouth will absorb alcohol This couldn’t be further from 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

Hand Over the Keys: 7 Ways You Can Lose Your Driver’s License in South Carolina

While it might not seem like a big deal, having a driver’s license is a privilege which we oftentimes take for granted, and getting it revoked or suspended can seriously impact your life. Instead of having the freedom to go where you want when you want, your day to day routine is seriously impacted while you rely on others for your transportation. There are certain offenses which will deem you unfit for a license Read More

Furry Felonies: South Carolina’s Animal Fighting & Baiting Act

Encouraging animals to fight each other for sport has been illegal for many years, and comes with very serious penalties. Those who engage in this activity, whether as the owner of an animal, a trainer, property owner, or anyone present where the fighting occurs, can be found guilty of violating Title 16, Chapter 27 of South Carolina’s Code of Laws. This law is more commonly known as the Animal Fighting & Baiting Read More

Understanding the Difference Between Probation and Parole

Getting arrested can be frightening and confusing. There are several potential outcomes from sentencing and it is important to understand what exactly is taking place and what is expected of you. Two terms which occasionally are not correctly understood, especially by first time offenders, are “probation” and “parole.” Probation A person is given probation rather than being sentenced directly to prison or jail. Read More