Clearing Your Record: Understanding Expungement in South Carolina

Expungement in South Carolina

Having a criminal record can make life challenging, from finding employment to securing housing. Fortunately, South Carolina law allows for expungement of certain criminal records. Expungement can give individuals a fresh start and a chance to move forward without the stigma of a criminal record. What is Expungement? Expungement is the process of erasing or…

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Understanding Plea Options in South Carolina Criminal Cases

Understanding Plea Options in South Carolina Criminal Cases

Facing criminal charges is an overwhelming experience, particularly when faced with choosing the correct plea to enter in response to the charges against you.  A defendant’s plea is a crucial moment in a criminal case, as it determines the course of the trial and the potential consequences for the defendant. Understanding the different types of…

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Guiding College Students Through Criminal Charges in South Carolina

Guiding College Students Through Criminal Charges in South Carolina

As Summer ends and back-to-school season falls upon us, college students start to pour back into South Carolina. College is a time of growth, exploration, and learning, but sometimes it can lead to unexpected challenges. These challenges can come in the form of criminal offenses when poor judgment comes into play. If you are a…

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Fast FAQs: Bail in South Carolina

Bail in South Carolina

Being arrested and subsequently charged with a crime is a life-changing – and often traumatic – experience. If it is your first time getting arrested in South Carolina, the entire process can be overwhelming. An experienced criminal defense attorney will ensure that you understand what is going to or could happen in your case, and…

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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

false pretenses

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

fraud in south carolina

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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