What to Do and What Not to Do When a Warrant Is Issued for Your Arrest

Having a warrant issued for your arrest can be an incredibly confusing, and exceptionally frightening situation. Many people, due to a lack of knowledge of how the process works, will let these emotions get the better of them, causing them to take ill-advised actions in response to discovering the warrant. An arrest warrant is a form of authorization granted by a judge that allows law enforcement to arrest an Read More

A Brief Guide to the Career Impacts of a Misdemeanor Conviction in South Carolina

A far too common misconception about criminal law is that a misdemeanor is not a big deal, or that it does not have any lasting effects beyond the penalty or sentence for the crime itself. Unfortunately, this is simply not the case, as we’ve discussed in a previous blog titled There’s Nothing Minor About a Misdemeanor, which you can read here. A misdemeanor has the potential to haunt you for years after you’ve Read More

The Knock & Talk: What to do When the Police Ask to Search Your Property

The text of the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution states: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. This is one of the Read More

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