An Overview of Assault and Battery in South Carolina

Many states separate “assault” and “battery” into two separate charges. However, the state of South Carolina merges them together into a single infraction. Regardless of naming structure, being charged with assaulting another person can carry life-changing consequences and should be addressed with urgency. The state of South Carolina divides Assault and Battery charges up into three different degrees, according Read More

Understanding South Carolina Drug Trafficking Charges

Being hit with any drug charge in South Carolina can have intense and long-lasting consequences on your future. However, being convicted of Drug Trafficking has more serious implications that can sometimes reach as far as federal levels of punishment and incarceration, if state lines are crossed. Below we’ve outlined some information about drug trafficking in the state of South Carolina and what to do if you find Read More

An Overview of the South Carolina Arrest Process

Getting placed under arrest can be a daunting experience, particularly if it’s your first time, or if you’ve never had experience with the South Carolina criminal justice system. On top of being afraid of what your future might hold, you may also be faced with the fear of uncertainty and lack of knowledge about what happens during the arrest process. Below is a brief overview of what to expect if you get arrested Read More

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