South Carolina’s Criminal Laws

How to Prepare for Court in South Carolina

As attorneys in Charleston, South Carolina, we write many articles about the law concerning personal injury claims, criminal defense, family court, and so many other legal topics. However, it occurs to us that sometimes we may overlook the “basics.” One of these...

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A Charleston Lawyer’s BEST Answer to EVERY Legal Question

I've been a lawyer in Charleston, South Carolina for 20 years and I've  been asked THOUSANDS of legal questions. Family law, personal injury, criminal defense, DUI, employment law, business law - you name it, and someone has asked it. Of course, there's also the most...

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Blood Alcohol Limits Infographic ▪ Charleston DUI Lawyer

Under South Carolina law, the legal blood alcohol (BA) limits are: (1) Less than .05 - It is conclusively presumed that the person was not under the influence of alcohol. (2) Greater than .05 but less than .08 - No inference whether the person was under the influence...

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How to Deal with a Difficult Attorney

In a previous post, we examined whether an aggressive lawyer is an effective lawyer. In this post, we discuss how to deal with an aggressive / difficult lawyer on the other side of a case. If you do enough litigation work, whether it is family, civil, or criminal,...

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Are “Aggressive” Lawyers “Effective” Lawyers?

Practicing law in the South, especially in Charleston, SC, is remarkably genteel. In fact, the practice of law in Charleston is so well-mannered that in 2001 the ABA Journal ran, as its cover story, an article regarding southern collegiality and practicing law here in...

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Warrantless Searches in South Carolina ▪ Criminal Law

On July 17, 2013, the South Carolina Supreme Court held as a general principle that officer safety can justify the opening of a door to an occupied vehicle under reasonable circumstances.  In McHam v. State of South Carolina, three police officers were conducting a...

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Prosecutor’s Advantages ▪ Criminal Law

As criminal defense attorneys, we tell our clients about their many constitutional protections. Some basic constitutional guarantees come to mind such as the right to remain silent and that the accused is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt....

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Challenging DUI Breath Tests ▪ Mt. Pleasant DUI Lawyer

Over the years that our lawyers have defended DUI’s in Mt. Pleasant, Charleston and elsewhere, the majority of cases we deal with involve the use of the Data Master DMT breath test. Using the results of the Datamaster DMT, the prosecution tries to introduce evidence...

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How to Get a Criminal Pardon in South Carolina

As a Charleston criminal attorney, I've been asked how a person can get a pardon in South Carolina. A criminal conviction can have long-lasting detrimental effects on someone’s life, including prohibiting you from finding a job, joining the military, voting, or owning...

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