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

What is a Bench Trial?

Courtroom Most people are familiar with what a Jury Trial is because we see them all the time in film and on television: you have a jury of twelve sitting in a jury box while a prosecutor and a defense attorney take turns calling witnesses and objecting to one another’s questions, after which the jury deliberates and decides whether the defendant is guilty or not guilty. A Bench Trial is different because you do Read More

What are Good Questions to Ask a Potential Attorney?

If you’re looking to retain a lawyer to defend you on a case, there are certain things that it would probably behoove you to ask them. It’s helpful to have someone that you relate to and who you can tell your story to, tell what’s going on in your life, and to have someone who cares about you and genuinely wants to help you. But retaining a lawyer is not just about you feel good about emotionally, you should also Read More

Quick Guide to CSC Charges in South Carolina

Criminal Sexual Conduct charges in South Carolina are the crimes of sexual assault, rape (including date-rape and statutory rape), and child molestation. Sexual assault charges are sub-divided between conduct against an adult (Criminal Sexual Conduct) and conduct against a non-adult (Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor), which is further sub-divided based on the age of the alleged victim at the time of the alleged Read More

How Can I Clear My Record?

Maybe you are applying for jobs, maybe you’re applying to school, or maybe you’re just being proactive about your background. Either way, you may find that you have arrests or convictions listed on your background check that you want to get removed. There are a few things you should know when considering clearing up your criminal record in South Carolina. Clearing your record generally means getting charges expunged Read More

Should I Answer Questions from a Law Enforcement Officer?

We are frequently approached by people who have had a law enforcement officer come to their home or business asking them questions. These people want to know if a) they need to answer these questions and b) they should have an attorney present when speaking to these law enforcement officers. There’s really no complete right or wrong answer to these questions. Should somebody answer questions from any law Read More

Should I be Worried About Hiring Someone with an H-1B or J-1 Visa?

Questions are often raised by people who own companies or factories about whether they should be worried about hiring employees from other countries that come here on a J-1 visa (a student visa/travel visa) or on an H-1B visa (a work visa). For both visa types, if you are in strict compliance with the visa requirements, no, you need not worry. But, if you’re not in strict compliance with the visa requirements, then Read More

Can the Police Actually Lie to Me?

We get a lot of questions about whether the police can or do lie to people. This is an important question and the answer to it is why we encourage anyone who believes they are being investigated by the police to contact an attorney immediately. The short answer to the question of whether the police can lie to you is: yes. Yes, the police can, and often do, lie to people during the course of an investigation. As far Read More

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