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What makes a crime a felony?

If you are arrested and charged with a crime in South Carolina, you may wonder why you have been charged with a felony instead of a misdemeanor or other charge.

States define what kinds of criminal behavior constitute felonies in their legal codes. The South Carolina Legal Code breaks crimes down into felonies or misdemeanors. Under the legal code, felony and misdemeanor charges carry different types of penalties. Felonies are considered more serious crimes than misdemeanors and, if you are convicted of a felony, you can face greater penalties than you would if convicted of a misdemeanor offense.

Illicit drugs seized at South Carolina home

South Carolina residents might like to know about a Jonesville drugs bust that yielded thousands of pills and doses of illicit substances. Narcotics officers from the Union County Sheriff's Office charged three people for drugs found in a home on Littlefield Road.

After an operative purchased ecstasy at said home, two people were charged with distribution of ecstasy on June 28. Authorities from the Trident Task Force came back to the house the next week with a search warrant. Deputies had to force their way into the home, and they seized 1,282 alprazolam pills, 1,055 ecstasy doses, 961 hydrocodone pills and 58 Klonopin pills. The authorities also took possession of $2,140 in cash, multiple firearms, plastic bags, digital scales and a small amount of marijuana.

Crime and safety task force urges caution on marijuana changes

Attorney General Jeff Sessions may not be thrilled with the recommendations of the presidential Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, which he heads. The Associated Press obtained a portion of the task force's recommendations, which have not been made public but were due to be released on July 27.

The task force was set up to fight violent crime, and Sessions has said publicly that he sees marijuana as just as dangerous as heroin and believes it to be a driver of violence.

Have you warned your kids about campus drug pushers?

A 2016 Charleston drug bust targeted current and former College of Charleston students who were dealing drugs around campus and in downtown bars. Not only were they selling drugs, they were also manufacturing them.

This is not a unique occurrence. Parents of college-bound students need to be aware of the realities of campus life, which might include the temptation of entering the local drug scene.

Parole granted to innocent man, but conviction stigma remains

In November 2016, James McClurkin was released from prison after 43 years. He was convicted of a 1973 murder. When he gained his freedom, it was through parole.

McClurkin is virtually unemployable, not only because he has a murder conviction on his record, but after 40 years in prison, he has no employable skills. So what is the problem with this justice? He didn't do the crime. 

1 facing drug charges after allegedly tossing substance from car

Drivers who attempt to evade a traffic stop not only place themselves in danger, but they may also but the safety of everyone nearby at risk. In addition, authorities may often become increasingly suspicious of criminal activity whenever a police chase occurs. A 32-year-old man is facing drug charges after an alleged incident that is said to have recently taken place under similar circumstances in South Carolina.

According to reports, police recently attempted to initiate a traffic stop for undisclosed reasons when the driver suddenly began to flee. During this period, they also claim to have witnessed the driver toss something out the window, which was allegedly an unspecified amount of marijuana. They also say the man hit another vehicle at some point during the chase.

Deputy in South Carolina arrested on suspicion of drunk driving

Police officers may often be held to a higher standard than others when it comes to suspicion of criminal activity. When facing accusations for a crime such as driving under the influence of alcohol, officers are often placed on administrative leave while charges are pending. A deputy is apparently experiencing such a situation after he was recently accused of drunk driving in South Carolina.

According to the South Carolina State Highway Patrol, a trooper came upon a vehicle that had veered off the road just after 3 a.m. on a recent Tuesday. The trooper claims that the vehicle had came to a rest after slamming into a tree. The driver, who is apparently a local deputy, allegedly refused to submit to a breath test and was arrested and charged with DUI soon thereafter.

Teacher in South Carolina accused of multiple drug charges

A conviction for drug-related charges can have a significant impact on various areas of a person's life, personal and professional alike. Along with the potential of spending time behind bars, those convicted of charges such as distribution may also find it challenging to obtain employment in certain fields. A kindergarten teacher is facing multiple drug charges following her recent arrest in South Carolina.

Police claim that an investigation discovered that the woman had repeatedly used false signatures to obtain a prescription drug. This particular narcotic, a generic form of Adderall, is a schedule II controlled substance. According to authorities, she allegedly used a false doctor's signature to obtain the narcotic from two separate pharmacies on multiple occasions.

Cashier accused of credit card fraud and identity theft

It seems as though South Carolina and the rest of the country are becoming an increasingly cash-less society. Nevertheless, despite more complex security measures, identity theft and credit card fraud continue to be serious issues. In many places, one need only scribble an illegible signature to approve a purchase. Even when consumers are cautious to protect their credit cards and passwords, a moment of inattention can mean devastation for a person's finances and credit score.

A man purchased gas at a local convenience store. He paid inside the establishment using his credit card. When the transaction was complete, the cashier allegedly returned a different credit card to the customer, a switch the customer did not notice until sometime later.

Traffic stop and search of home leads to drug trafficking charges

Three individuals in South Carolina have recently been arrested and are now facing multiple drug-related charges following a traffic stop and subsequent search of a residence. All of the accused are facing drug possession charges, one of which was also accused of drug trafficking. A conviction for charges of this nature is severe, and all three might be preparing for the road ahead by focusing on their defense.

Police claim to have received information indicating the sale of drugs at a local residence. They assert that a man at the residence was wearing a GPS monitoring anklet and that he was recently involved in a traffic stop, during which he allegedly attempted to give a false name. He was subsequently arrested, and while in the back of a patrol car, allegedly began chewing on a ball of cocaine. He was taken to the hospital and then into custody a day later.