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Blog - Greg McCollum Complete Legal Defense Team

The Ins and Outs of South Carolina Grand Juries

Being charged with a crime can be a frightening experience, and not knowing what happens in the context of court proceedings can make anyone fear for their future. In South Carolina, there are two types of juries that handle crimes, and depending on the severity of the situation, the process for bringing someone to court can differ. Today we’re going to examine grand juries to better understand what they are, how Read More

A Penny in the Mouth & 4 Other Myths About Beating the Breathalyzer

You might have heard a story from a coworker or former college roommate that they were able to get out of a DUI by tricking the breathalyzer machine. It sounds too good to be true right? And it is. Today we’re going to address some of the more common myths out there regarding this tool police use to charge someone with a DUI. Myth - Putting a penny in your mouth will absorb alcohol This couldn’t be further from Read More

Understanding the Discovery Process in a Criminal Trial

Many of us love watching crime shows on television, and often think that the procedures depicted represent the true inner workings of the court system. The process of presenting evidence (often in a surprise manner), calling witnesses to the stand, and giving testimony are all very dramatized on our favorite shows. Today we’re going to look at one section of a criminal trial called discovery; aptly titled, this Read More

Hand Over the Keys: 7 Ways You Can Lose Your Driver’s License in South Carolina

While it might not seem like a big deal, having a driver’s license is a privilege which we oftentimes take for granted, and getting it revoked or suspended can seriously impact your life. Instead of having the freedom to go where you want when you want, your day to day routine is seriously impacted while you rely on others for your transportation. There are certain offenses which will deem you unfit for a license Read More

Furry Felonies: South Carolina’s Animal Fighting & Baiting Act

Encouraging animals to fight each other for sport has been illegal for many years, and comes with very serious penalties. Those who engage in this activity, whether as the owner of an animal, a trainer, property owner, or anyone present where the fighting occurs, can be found guilty of violating Title 16, Chapter 27 of South Carolina’s Code of Laws. This law is more commonly known as the Animal Fighting & Baiting Read More

Understanding the Difference Between Probation and Parole

Getting arrested can be frightening and confusing. There are several potential outcomes from sentencing and it is important to understand what exactly is taking place and what is expected of you. Two terms which occasionally are not correctly understood, especially by first time offenders, are “probation” and “parole.” Probation A person is given probation rather than being sentenced directly to prison or jail. Read More

Objection, Your Honor! Hearsay.

Generally speaking, criminal trials have extremely strict rules regarding what evidence can and cannot be utilized in court in order to demonstrate a person's guilt. These rules are intended to systematize the legal process and ensure everyone has an equal entitlement to a fair trial. They are intended to protect defendants from having evidence twisted and presented in a manner that portrays them as guilty, even when Read More

What to Expect When Someone Else Gets a DUI in YOUR Car

A family member or friend asks to borrow your car, and being the good person that you are, you let them take it. No big deal, right? Well, what happens if they get charged with Driving Under the Influence while operating your motor vehicle? It is important to note that in South Carolina a person can be charged with DUI not only if they are driving while under the influence or alcohol, but also if they are under Read More

Understanding Conspiracy Charges

Anyone without a legal background or more advanced knowledge of the law may be perplexed to learn of the existence of a criminal charge known as “conspiracy.” More than likely for most people this word evokes images of wild-eyed fanatics in tinfoil hats spouting off about the JFK assassination or the moon landing. However, unlike most conspiracy theories, criminal conspiracy charges are very real and very serious, Read More

What You Need to Know About South Carolina Sobriety Checkpoints

If you plan to operate a vehicle in the state of South Carolina, particularly if you are considering drinking any amount of alcohol beforehand, you should be acutely aware of the possibility of running into a police Sobriety Checkpoint. Alternately known as roadblocks, DUI checkpoints, and mobile checkpoints, this type of police tactic is perfectly legal in South Carolina, and is intended to weed out inebriated Read More