FAQ: Does a DUI carry jail time in South Carolina?

does a dui carry jail time in south carolina

Most people know that driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious offense in South Carolina, but we still find that people are severely underinformed on the subject. This can lead to unfortunate and serious consequences.  South Carolina law defines driving under the influence/DUI as driving under the influence of a substance (ie, alcohol or…

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False Pretenses in South Carolina

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South Carolina law treats wrongfully gaining property from another person, or theft, as a criminal offense. Theft can happen in a number of ways, including fraud or larceny. Similar to both these crimes is the theft crime of “false pretenses,” which is sometimes described as a combination of fraud and larceny because it involves both…

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An Overview of South Carolina Gun Laws

South Carolina Gun Laws

Knowing your local gun laws is an important part of being a responsible gun owner, but gun laws in the U.S. can be complicated and hard to keep up with because they are ever-changing and vary from state to state. If you’re in South Carolina, knowing the requirements to purchase or carry a gun in…

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Larceny in South Carolina

larceny in south carolina

Chances are you’ve heard the term “larceny” mentioned as a spectator, whether in news stories, police reports, social media posts, or your favorite crime drama series. But if you’re facing charges of larceny, it’s important to know what is considered larceny in South Carolina and what kind of punishments it can carry. What is Larceny?…

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Types of Fraud in South Carolina

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Fraud is a matter that’s taken very seriously in South Carolina. Depending on the type, fraud charges can result in a felony conviction at either the state or federal level, and the most serious charges can carry jail time or heavy fines. WHAT IS FRAUD? Fraud is a deliberate act, or failure to act, to…

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Possession of Controlled Substances in South Carolina

Possession of Controlled Substances in South Carolina

We previously discussed South Carolina’s definition of simple possession of marijuana and the penalties and consequences of that type of charge.  Possession of other controlled substances – like cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin – carry their own charges, penalties, and consequences.  Cocaine Possession Under South Carolina law, it is unlawful to knowingly or intentionally possess a…

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What happens if I receive a Failure to Appear?

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In Charlotte, missing your court date, even by accident, can have serious consequences. Failing to show up for DWI, felony drug, or domestic violence charges can result in an Order for Arrest being issued. Failing to show up to your court date for a traffic citation can result in the suspension of your driver’s license.…

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What happens if I’m charged with trespassing in North Carolina?

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You may be aware of the general concept of trespassing, which involves intentionally intruding on the property of another person without his or her consent, but what you may not know is that NC law treats different types of trespassing in different ways, and each has separate requirements to prove your guilt. For example, trespassing…

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How Criminal Charges Affect Divorce and Custody

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Family Law Cases and DWI Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) in NC One thing many people might not understand about a Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) charge – and subsequently a Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) charge – is the effect it can have on their child custody arrangement.  DWI penalties are strict…

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Everything you need to know about expungement in North Carolina

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Expungement is the process that seals or “erases” a conviction, charge, or arrest from public record. When an arrest or criminal conviction is expunged from a person’s record, they no longer have to disclose that information on an application for a job, apartment, or higher education. NC’s Second Chance Act: changes you need to know…

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