3 Dangers of Representing Yourself in Your Criminal Case

There are a few reasons why a defendant might want to represent themselves in court. Some think they cannot afford a lawyer; others have a misplaced sense of mistrust in the system, which makes them feel they can represent their own interests better. They may wish to plead guilty and therefore think that hiring a lawyer is pointless or they may believe that if they don’t hire a lawyer, they won’t have to play by the Read More

Probable Cause Explained

Probable cause is a significant part of the arrest process. It is a term that law enforcement officers rely upon to support their reasons for arresting a suspected criminal or obtaining evidence pertaining to a suspected crime. The term can be defined as having an objective belief that a crime has been committed and that a particular person is responsible for that crime. Having probable cause is what motivates a Read More

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

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

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