Your Quick Guide to Felonies in South Carolina

Under Federal law, a felony is described as any crime whose punishment exceeds 1 year in prison. Some states, like South Carolina, have their own criminal laws and punishment that stray from federal definitions. In South Carolina, felony offenses are broken down into 6 categories, ranging from Class A to Class F. This article will discuss each felony category in South Carolina as well examples of crimes under Read More

South Carolina Ignition Interlock 101

South Carolina has some of the strictest DUI laws in the country. In an effort to deter drivers from getting behind the wheel under the influence, even first time offenders with a Breath Alcohol Content (BAC) of over .15 can be ordered to install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) in their vehicle. Usually, repeat offenders are required to install an IID, but in South Carolina, your first conviction is enough to get Read More

Applying for a Temporary or Restricted License in South Carolina?

A DUI conviction can be a life-altering event. Not only is it a criminal offense that could result in jail time and show up on your background checks, but it can also prove to make life very inconvenient and difficult for years after the fact. Many DUI convictions result in losing your driver’s license, regardless of whether you’ve already paid hefty fees or served jail time. In South Carolina, even your first 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

A Brief Guide to Administrative License Revocation and Judicial Procedures After a DUI

A DUI arrest comes with serious penalties in any state, but South Carolina takes a two-pronged approach. If you are charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in South Carolina, whether the arrest is related to drug or alcohol consumption or both, you will go through two separate channels: an administrative process and a judicial process. Each of these procedures comes with its own set of independent rules and 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

How Does Having a DUI Affect Your Car Insurance in South Carolina?

Maybe you were out celebrating a promotion or your friend’s birthday and you drove home after having a few drinks. During your drive you were pulled over and charged with a DUI. Once you’ve taken care of the legal fees, it’s time to start going back to normal life, yet you wonder how your car insurance will be affected moving forward. After all, you cannot drive in South Carolina without a minimum liability insurance 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

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