3 Ways an Employer May Discover Your Criminal Record

We live in the golden age of information, which is a positive development in many ways. However, it also means that more information than ever is readily available to employers about your past criminal issues. Even arrests where you were not convicted of a crime could be found by potential or current employer, and that could be the deciding factor in whether or not you land or keep a job. We also currently live Read More

Parental Responsibility Laws: Guilty by Parental Association

Until children reach the age of 18, their parents are generally legally responsible for almost every aspect of their lives. Parents must clothe and feed them, make sure they receive an education, and keep them safe. The law takes parental responsibility for children very seriously, to the point where every state in the US has some sort of law regarding parental responsibility when their children break the law. Read More

6 Important Steps in a South Carolina Criminal Trial

When you have been arrested and charged with a crime, you will next enter into the criminal trial process which will play out in a manner which determines your guilt or innocence with regard to the crime you’ve been charged with, as well as what penalties you will face if you are found guilty. Most people are unfamiliar with exactly how this process will play out, and it can help to familiarize you with your Read More

3 Major Risks for College Students Convicted of a Crime

College students often reside in a bubble, living out their university years with little fear of reproach or understanding of the long-term consequences of their actions. These young people are at a crossroads of maturation where many are prone to making mistakes and unwise decisions, particularly under the influence of alcohol, and at the same time they are also of an age to be considered adults with regard to the Read More

Understanding Bail

Unfortunately, that Monopoly “Get Out of Jail Free” card you carry around in your wallet is not going to get you very far if you are ever arrested for a crime. If you are arrested, you are going to be put in jail, and chances are, you will have to post bail in order to get out. Whether you’re an avid watcher of Law and Order or you’ve seen various bail bond company advertisements on TV or billboards, nearly Read More

A Guilty Plea May Not Be Best: 4 Effective DUI Defenses

Many people mistakenly believe that, if they are charged with a DUI, their only option is to plead guilty. A DUI conviction nearly anywhere carries significant fines and penalties. A South Carolina DUI imposes fines between $400-$1000, jail time of 48 hours to 90 days, and license suspension for up to 6 months. Subsequent convictions carry much more serious penalties, and if there are other aggravating factors Read More

Yes, It Can Get Worse: 5 Aggravating Factors That Can Lead To Harsher DUI Penalties

On its own, a DUI can lead to huge monetary fines, the loss of your license, community service, and even jail time—not to mention how it can affect aspects of your personal life like your job or your insurance rates. Nobody wants to face the strife of a DUI conviction, but as bad as these penalties seem, there are ways a DUI can get even worse. In South Carolina, certain aggravating factors can lead to even Read More

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Refusing a Breathalyzer Test In South Carolina

So you’re out at your favorite watering hole to celebrate your new job. You have a couple of drinks then decide to call it a night. You hop in the car and start to head home when you notice lights flashing in your rear-view mirror. If the officer has any suspicion that you’ve been drinking then you will have a decision to make: should you refuse the pending breathalyzer test? This is one of the most common Read More

DUI Charges? How an Experienced DUI Attorney Can Help

If you’ve been charged for DUI and it’s your first offense, you may be inclined to just pay the fine and get it over with. Don’t be too hasty! You could be subjecting yourself to future problems that an experienced DUI attorney can help you avoid. Collateral consequences of a DUI conviction All DUI convictions result in a driving license suspension of at least six months. Your insurance will either go up or be Read More

What a DUI Conviction Means for the Rest of Your Life

We all make mistakes, but certain ones can have an impact on the rest of your life. Driving under the influence (DUI) falls within that category. South Carolina shows little leniency to impaired drivers, and state law imposes a number of severe penalties for a DUI conviction. First offenders can expect to pay a $400 fine, spend up to 30 days in jail, and/or lose their license for six months. A second conviction Read More