Unfortunately for those accused of crimes, criminal conspiracy is one of the easier crimes to charge and prove under South Carolina law. By statute, a criminal conspiracy is defined as the “combination between two or more persons for the purpose of accomplishing a criminal or unlawful object or an object neither criminal nor unlawful by […]
SC Criminal Law: What Is Circumstantial Evidence?
Here in Greenville, SC, the State prosecutors often attempt to prove their criminal cases by use of what is called “circumstantial evidence.” Circumstantial evidence is distinct from what is called direct evidence. If you have been arrested and the case against you is built on circumstantial evidence, you are going to need the help of […]
Criminal Defense: Franks Hearings and Challenging the Warrant Affidavit
If you have been arrested or charged with a crime in Greenville or anywhere else in South Carolina, you need to retain experienced and skilled criminal defense attorneys, particularly if your arrest and/or charges are based on a search and/or seizure. A skilled defense attorney has many strategies for challenging the evidence obtained as a […]
What do I do if I’ve been bitten by a Police Dog?
South Carolina adheres to strict liability laws when it comes to dog bites. Victims don’t have to prove negligence in order to receive monetary compensation for their injuries. However, one exception to the laws for dog bites is if you were bitten by a police dog. Most police dogs are controlled by their handlers and […]
US Code 1983 – Civil Rights Against Police Misconduct
Police misconduct is becoming more common in South Carolina as well as other states, and you should know your rights that are provided in the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. These rights are further protected in Section 1983 of the Civil Rights Act, which is now part of the United States Code. Section 1983-An […]
Recap of the Lee Prison Riot
Lee prison, located in Bishopville, South Carolina is a maximum-security facility that houses approximately 1,600 inmates. It’s also where some of South Carolina’s most violent offenders call home. In April of 2018, 7 inmates were killed, and 17 inmates injured in what is being termed a, “mass casualty incident” that lasted more than 7 hours. […]
Search & Seizures in Greenville, SC — Consent Exception (Part I)
Under both the US and South Carolina, citizens are protected from unreasonable searches and seizures. See our discussion here. If law enforcement wants to conduct a search, the officers must seek and obtain — from a judge — a warrant based on probable cause. Indeed, warrantless searches are by definition unreasonable here in Greenville under […]
Criminal Defense Strategies in Greenville, SC (Part One)
If you have been arrested or charged with a crime in Greenville or anywhere else in South Carolina, you need to retain experienced and skilled criminal defense attorneys. You want to give yourself the best chance to avoid jail time. And the best Greenville criminal defense attorneys maintain a full arsenal of defense strategies to […]
Defending a DUI After a Warrantless Nonconsensual Blood Draw
If you have been arrested for a DUI in Greenville or any other part of upstate South Carolina, it is important to have a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney by your side. Often, as a part of a DUI arrest, the law enforcement officers conduct sobriety testing including a possible field test, roadside breathalyzer […]
What Are the Levels of DUI Crimes in Greenville, South Carolina?
What Are the Levels of DUI Crimes in Greenville, South Carolina? This article discusses the various DUI crimes in South Carolina. In brief, there are four statutory crimes: Driving under the influence causing impairment — S. Car. Code, §56-5-2930 Driving with an unlawful blood alcohol concentration — S. Car. Code, §56-5-2933 (see above link) Felony […]
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