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 […]
SC Criminal DUI Defense: Can Vehicle Data Recorders be Accessed Without A Warrant?
For decades now, vehicles made in the United States have contained what are called event data recorders (“EDRs”) or — more informally — “black boxes.” These devices contain sensing and diagnostic equipment and computer programs that track, record and save various information with respect to the vehicle and any crash that the vehicle experiences. Some […]
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. […]
Fighting Domestic Violence Charges in Greenville, SC
Domestic Violence Charges and Laws in Greenville, SC In South Carolina, it is a crime to commit domestic violence. Domestic violence has always been a crime — basically, it has been a subset of assault and battery crimes. Starting in 1994, laws were passed to focus more specifically on domestic/family violence. And, then in 2015 […]
Entrapment as a Legal Defense in Greenville, SC
Entrapment by law enforcement is a possible legal defense to various crimes that might be charged in South Carolina. For example, in an earlier article, we discussed entrapment as a possible defense to a charge of embezzlement. See here. Here is what you should know about entrapment in South Carolina. What Is Entrapment in […]
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 […]
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