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About Bench Warrants

If you're a fan of crime shows on television, you've probably heard an actor say something to the effect of, "There's a warrant for his arrest." If you suspect that there's a ...
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Can I Get Fired for Filing a Workers' Comp Claim?

Before workers' compensation laws were enacted, it was very difficult for injured workers to receive compensation after a workplace injury. Often, the injured worker would have to file a lawsuit ...
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What is Proper Courtroom Etiquette?

If you are facing criminal charges in South Carolina, or anywhere else in the United States, you will be expected to show up in court. Like most places, when you go to court there is a proper way to ...
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Will I Be Tried if I'm Arrested for a Crime?

After a person is arrested for a crime, there is a very small window of opportunity in which a trial could be avoided. Not every case has to end in a jury trial, but if you have been arrested, then ...
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State vs. Federal Crimes, How are They Different?

A lot of people are confused about state vs. federal crimes, so we are going to explain the difference between the two. State laws are created by state legislators, whereas federal laws are ...
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Burglary is More Than Just a Theft Crime

Burglary is probably one of the most misunderstood legal statutes on the books. Most people assume it is only a theft crime – and, indeed, many government criminal records file it as such ...
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Columbia's Pretrial Intervention Program

Were you recently arrested for your first criminal offense in Columbia, South Carolina? If so, you will be interested in learning about the Pretrial Intervention Program (PTI) and what it can do for ...
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Should You Hire Your Own Criminal Defense Attorney?

When was the last time you happily depended or settled on a publically provided service? Has there ever been a moment where you wish you were on the bus rather than in your own automobile? Purchasing ...
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Advantages of a Plea Bargain

If you are the target of a pre-file investigation (no formal charges have been filed yet), or if you have already been arrested for a crime, you may have imagined that you would have a trial by jury, ...
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Misdemeanor vs. Felony: Know the Differences

When you are not being investigated for or facing criminal charges, the differences between a misdemeanor and a felony are probably pretty low on your priority list. But once you are up against the ...
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Pretrial Intervention: Can I Avoid Charges?

Everyone is capable of making mistakes both big and small, and the South Carolina criminal justice system, thankfully, has come to realize this truth. The pretrial intervention program – often ...
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Duo Robs Jewelry Stores in the South

COLUMBIA, SC – The FBI, along with local and state law enforcement agencies is trying to identify two individuals who are "armed and dangerous." The FBI believes the duo has been ...
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South Carolina's Domestic Violence Laws

Have you been accused of domestic violence ? Or were you arrested for domestic violence after the police were called to your home? If you are facing domestic violence charges, you're going to want ...
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Nine Are Arrested on Drugs Charges in Kershaw County, SC

When police investigate alleged drugs rings, they often put hours of manpower into the groundwork before arrests are made. This appears to have been the case in Kershaw County, South Carolina where ...
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Three People from South Carolina Are Accused of Running Fake Employer Scheme

White collar crimes don't always make the same kinds of headlines as crimes such as homicides and rapes that shock communities. However, the sanctions for white collar crimes can be very stiff. ...
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Research Points to Little Link Between High Incarceration Rates and Falling Crime

South Carolina is one of a handful of southern states that has sought to cut crime rates by locking up more people. As crime drops across the United States, academics are studying the trend and asking ...
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Prosecutors Claim Almost Half of DUI Cases Avoid Justice in South Carolina

Lawmakers in South Carolina have been addressing the state's DUI laws claiming many of the people who are caught driving drunk never go to trial due to a technicality in the law. A story on ...
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Prosecutors Claim Almost Half of DUI Cases Avoid Justice in South Carolina

Lawmakers in South Carolina have been addressing the state's DUI laws claiming many of the people who are caught driving drunk never go to trial due to a technicality in the law. A story on ...
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Resources Fail to Keep Pace With Violent Crime in South Carolina

Crime in South Carolina remains above the national average in nearly all categories but that does not mean the available resources are meeting demands. Recently, Greenvilleonline reported how, state ...
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Challenging DUI Evidence

Even if you have been formally charged with DUI, you should know that this does not equal a conviction. The results of a chemical test or field sobriety test can be flawed at multiple points of their ...
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South Carolina Judge Exonerates 14-year-old Executed for Murder in 1944

Exonerations are not unusual in South Carolina's justice system but they are when the punishment was carried out as long as 70 years ago. In a sad case that highlights the brutal nature of the ...
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DUI Penalties in South Carolina

Having a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or above makes you liable to be arrested for DUI in South Carolina. A DUI arrest will remain on your criminal record, as will a conviction which could keep you ...
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Sentencing Hearing is Delayed for Teen Killer of Columbia Baker

As Columbia criminal defense attorneys, we help many teens who have been charged with crimes. Typically teens can get into trouble with drugs, drinking alcohol and theft crimes. However, on occasions ...
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Possession of a Fake ID

A fake ID is any form of identification that is forged, altered, or otherwise claims to establish the false identity of a person. Some fake IDs are created by taking a photo of oneself and printing an ...
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Cooperation Agreement Turns Former Speaker Bobby Harrell into Government Informant

The case of Bobby Harrell, the former speaker of the S.C. House who has pleaded guilty to state charges of misusing campaign money, has shed light on the use of cooperation agreements in the court. ...
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