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

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

What to Do and What Not to Do When You Get Pulled Over By the Police

One minute you’re driving along the Grand Strand enjoying a nice summer night. The next thing you know, you see blue lights in your rearview mirror. Just like that, you’ve gotten pulled over by the police! It’s a natural reaction to be a little nervous when you get pulled over, but allowing your panic to take over can lead to some costly mistakes. There are certain things you definitely should do when you get Read More

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

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

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

One’s Own Recognizance: The “Get Out of Jail Free” Card

After an arrest is made, most people have some understanding of how the process usually plays out. Generally, the accused will face an arraignment and bail will be set. They will then have to put up money or property to fulfill the bail amount or face the prospect of sitting in jail until their trial. For more detail on bail, please read our previous blog on the subject. However, did you know that it is possible Read More

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