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May 2014 Archives

South Carolina proposes standardizing all DUI stop videos

The seriousness of a DUI cannot be overstated. People caught driving under the influence are subject to some of the harshest penalties the legal system can dole out. If someone is injured or killed in the process, the punishment will be harsher still.

South Carolina woman facing 10 years for embezzlement

The prospect of facing any criminal charge in South Carolina is daunting. The accusations can tear families apart, destroy reputations and put untold stress on everyone involved. Regardless of guilt, the accused’s standing in the community can be irreparably damaged. Even with white collar crimes where no physical injury occurs – like embezzlement, fraud or breach of fiduciary trust – the repercussions can be devastating for the defendant.

South Carolina bust sees 5 women charged with sex crimes

Being charged with a sex crime is a serious thing that can follow you for life, even if you are not actually found guilty or sentenced. In fact, just the accusation of committing a sex crime can cause damage to your reputation and haunt future educational and occupational prospects. The charge can be filed for things such as falling asleep nude in your own bedroom while a minor is in the home or for allegedly slapping someone's backside. It is common for trumped up charges to appear when it comes to crimes of this nature.

South Carolina men face drug charges

Three men in Richland County, South Carolina were recently arrested when police found a combination of guns, drugs and cash in their possession. Two of the men are in their twenties and the other man who was arrested is in his eighties. The charges filed against the men varied, but included possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of schedule III narcotics, unlawful alcohol sales and possession of a stolen firearm. The police acted in this case after getting tips from citizens who expressed concerns.

Tough new and current DUI laws for South Carolina

Despite tough DUI laws, a study by 24-7 Wall Street has named South Carolina as third in the nation for drunk driving deaths. In 2012 alone, almost 360 people were killed in drunk driving incidents. Although the state is third in deaths, it is ranked in 20th place for DUI arrests. Recently, Governor Nikki Haley signed into a law what is being called Emma's Law, which requires an ignition interlock be installed on the vehicles of those first and second time convicted with blood-alcohol contents of 0.15 or higher and 0.08 percent, respectively.