Which Court Will You Appear in to Face Your South Carolina Criminal Charges?

The South Carolina criminal justice system can seem complex to even seasoned legal professionals. On top of the various court types, the COVID-19 pandemic has created confusion among prosecutors, defendants, and lawyers alike. The vast majority of crimes are adjudicated in state court; in South Carolina, that means you will likely appear in Municipal, Magistrate, or General Sessions Court. We dive a little deeper Read More

What is the ‘Child’s Best Interest’ Standard, and How Does it Affect Child Custody Cases in South Carolina?

One of the most common ways that divorces become contested is a disagreement between spouses over child custody. The desire to continue to see your child is unlike any other, and most parents naturally want some say in how their child is raised. In other words, parents typically want legal custody as well as physical custody. One of the most important things to know if you have just filed for divorce or are thinking Read More

Being Charged With a Violent Crime Affects More Than Just Your Sentence

It’s a fairly well-known fact that not every crime is equal in the eyes of the law. Someone convicted of misdemeanor shoplifting won’t spend near as much time in jail as someone convicted of murder. Beyond that common knowledge, it’s useful to know the differences between crimes considered to be “violent” and all other crimes in South Carolina.  What Are Violent Crimes? SC Code § 16-1-60 outlines nearly 40 offenses Read More

3 Main Types of Drug Charges in South Carolina

The vast majority of drug crimes South Carolinians are arrested for fall into one of three counts: simple possession, possession with intent to distribute, and trafficking. A seemingly minor charge, like simple possession of marijuana, can balloon into something much more severe (like trafficking) depending on the presence of one or more elements in your case. We’ll go over these three common drug charges Read More

Types of Restraining Orders Available in South Carolina

In cases where someone is being abused, threatened, or stalked, South Carolinians can obtain a legal order from Family Court or Magistrate Court to help secure the safety of themselves and their children. South Carolina offers two main types of restraining orders, both of which are slightly different (and often misunderstood or conflated).  An Order of Protection is issued by the Family Court and protects you from Read More

What You Need to Know About Bench Warrants in South Carolina

When you learn about an active warrant out against you, it’s completely normal to transform into a ball of stress, anxiety, and panic. This is because, like most people, you probably assume you have a warrant out for your arrest. However, there is a type of warrant that is not directly of a criminal nature, and that is known as a “bench warrant.” How Do Bench Warrants Work? When you have a bench warrant out against Read More

Should You Really Take a Plea Bargain in Your Criminal Case?

Despite what you see on TV or in the movies, the vast majority of criminal charges do not result in a lengthy trial. In fact, around 90 percent of criminal allegations are settled through a deal between the prosecution (government) and the defense. Despite this lopsided statistic, though, it is not always the best decision to take a plea bargain if you are facing criminal charges. This blog will offer some Read More

Does Cheating Matter in a South Carolina Divorce?

Look at any list of the top reasons for divorce, and adultery is likely to be near the top of the list. Regardless of the reason a spouse has filed for divorce, a no-fault divorce can be filed as long as the spouses have lived apart for at least a year. Purportedly, this timeline exists so spouses can either work out their differences or fully decide to divorce.  There might be a quicker way for your divorce to go Read More

Your DUI Arrest MUST Be Videotaped

For many people, it’s the most unwelcome sight on a Friday or Saturday night. After having a few too many drinks, they make the decision to get behind the wheel of their car and drive home. When they are just a couple of minutes away, the flashing blue lights illuminate their rear-view mirror. Their stomach sinks and their mind starts racing.  What Does the Law Require of Police Officers? What many people Read More

Sexually Explicit Images: The Dangers of Cell Phones

Today’s teens have lived with the internet their entire lives. As middle-schoolers and, sometimes, those in elementary school receive their first cell phone, some of the first apps they download are Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp, and other social media platforms.  With the advent of these online messaging services, there are now more opportunities for adult sexual predators to harass and abuse minors. South Read More