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Helping a Family Member or Friend Who's Arrested in SC

Helping a Family Member or Friend Who's Arrested in SC | DUI & Criminal Law | Scoop.it
When someone is arrested, our criminal defense attorneys in Charleston, South Carolina usually get a call from the arrested person’s husband, wife, boyfriend, or girlfriend. It’s typical for these callers to be stressed and confused when the person they care about is sitting in jail. They want to know how they can see or speak to their friend or loved one, how to get the person out of jail, and what they can do to help. In this article, our Charleston criminal lawyers explain what you should know and do if someone you care about is arrested and jailed in South Carolina.
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FREE eBook on Animal Laws in South Carolina

FREE eBook on Animal Laws in South Carolina | DUI & Criminal Law | Scoop.it
"Animal Law in South Carolina" is the ONLY book for pet and animal owners in South Carolina. This eBook is FREE on the iTunes® Bookstore or as a PDF.
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For animal lovers out there, we've published a new, FREE eBook on Animal Laws in South Carolina. Download it today from the iTunes bookstore or as a PDF. This book covers everything from claims for damages to pets, veterinary malpractice, vicious and dangerous animal laws, laws against animal cruelty, service animals, estate planning for pets, dog bite claims, and much more. Special thanks to Kim Kelly, South Carolina's Director for the Humane Society of the United States, for her assistance with and input on the book.

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Open Container, Public Intoxication, and Disorderly Conduct in South Carolina

Open Container, Public Intoxication, and Disorderly Conduct in South Carolina | DUI & Criminal Law | Scoop.it
As criminal defense attorneys in Charleston, South Carolina, we’ve helped people who’ve been charged with an open container (of alcohol), public intoxication, and disorderly conduct charges. The reason why we mention all three charges is that these offenses seem to go hand-in-hand with drinking in public. Many outdoor social gathers, such as concerts and festivals, serve alcohol to the public. Depending on how much you’ve had to drink, how you behave while you’re drinking, and where you drink, you may find yourself in the unfortunate position of getting arrested for an open container, public intoxication, or disorderly conduct. Though these charges may not seem like a big deal at the time, these charges will stay on your criminal record and could cause you trouble at school, work, and other problems in the future. In this article, we pull together and explain the state law and local ordinances for the City of Charleston.
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The South Carolina Driving Points System -

The South Carolina Driving Points System - | DUI & Criminal Law | Scoop.it
We’ve found some trouble finding all of the driving point information on a single web site, so we’ve put together a quick reference of the driving points system in South Carolina and what happens if you get too many points.
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Free eBook on Gun Laws in South Carolina

Free eBook on Gun Laws in South Carolina | DUI & Criminal Law | Scoop.it
Our Charleston criminal lawyers wrote "Gun Laws in South Carolina" as an insightful guide for weapons owners. Free on the iTunes® Bookstore or as a PDF.
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If you own a gun in SC or you are traveling here with a weapon (concealed or not), then this FREE eBook is a MUST READ. The book covers SC's gun laws, concealed weapons permits, reciprocity of CWP's in the US, SC's stand your ground law, the laws of self-defense, weapons offenses and penalties, and much more. It is available on the iTunes Bookstore or as a PDF.

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All About the South Carolina Juvenile Justice System

All About the South Carolina Juvenile Justice System | DUI & Criminal Law | Scoop.it
In South Carolina, a minor who is taken into custody is treated differently than an adult. For example, instead of going through adult criminal court, juveniles go though the South Carolina Juvenile Justice System. In addition to being charged with the same crimes as adults, such as possession of drugs or weapons, there are special statutes that only apply to children, such as such as incorrigibility (beyond the parent’s control), truancy (failure to attend school), and running away. In this article, our Charleston juvenile defense lawyers explain the South Carolina Juvenile Justice System and your child’s rights if they are in trouble with the law.
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South Carolina Habitual Offender & License Suspension Laws

South Carolina Habitual Offender & License Suspension Laws | DUI & Criminal Law | Scoop.it
This article explains South Carolina's Habitual Offender Laws, the traffic violations involved, and how to get your driver's license back sooner.
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As traffic lawyers in Charleston, South Carolina, we’ve helped drivers who’ve lost their license because the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) declared them to Habitual Traffic Offenders (“habitual offenders”). The consequences of being designated as an habitual offender in South Carolina can be devastating especially because you can’t drive for five (5) years. Also, you can’t get a route-restricted license. Lastly, if you drive during that five-year period, the criminal penalties can be severe. This article explains the law in South Carolina regarding habitual offenders and how to get your license to drive back as soon as possible.

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What is Civil Forfeiture in South Carolina?

What is Civil Forfeiture in South Carolina? | DUI & Criminal Law | Scoop.it
This article explains what is civil forfeiture in South Carolina, when police can seize assets, what can be seized, and how to get money and property back.
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As criminal defense attorneys in Charleston, South Carolina, we deal with cases involving civil forfeiture which is when law enforcement seize money and property relating to the drug-related and other crimes. In this article, we discuss what is civil forfeiture in South Carolina, when the police can seize assets, which assets can be seized by law enforcement, and how to get money and property back from the police.

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Free eBook on DUI in South Carolina ▪ Charleston DUI Lawyer

Free eBook on DUI in South Carolina ▪ Charleston DUI Lawyer | DUI & Criminal Law | Scoop.it
Our Charleston DUI Lawyers wrote this ebook, "DUI in South Carolina" as an insightful guide for drivers. Free on the iTunes® Bookstore or as a PDF.
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We've updated our free ebook to bring it current into 2015. Download it today!

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What is a Preliminary Hearing in South Carolina?

What is a Preliminary Hearing in South Carolina? | DUI & Criminal Law | Scoop.it
Our Charleston criminal attorneys explain what is a preliminary hearing in South Carolina and the chances of getting the criminal charge dismissed.
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As criminal defense attorneys in Charleston, SC, we frequently go to preliminary hearings (sometimes called a "probable cause" hearing) for our clients. In this article, we explain the purpose behind a preliminary hearing in South Carolina and what happens during the hearing.

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How to Get an Order of Protection or Restraining Order in South Carolina

How to Get an Order of Protection or Restraining Order in South Carolina | DUI & Criminal Law | Scoop.it
Our Charleston attorneys explain how to get a Family Court Order of Protection, a Restraining Order, or a Notice to Trespass in South Carolina.
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DUI & Your South Carolina CDL

DUI & Your South Carolina CDL | DUI & Criminal Law | Scoop.it
Our Charleston DUI and CDL lawyers explain the affect a DUI or a traffic ticket has on your South Carolina commercial driver’s license (CDL).
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South Carolina drivers who possess a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) are scrutinized more than non-commercial drivers. The inability to drive for any length of time can ruin a commercial driver’s finances. This article explains the impact a DUI or other traffic offenses have on a CDL.

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Making Bail - All About Bond Hearings in South Carolina

Making Bail - All About Bond Hearings in South Carolina | DUI & Criminal Law | Scoop.it
As Charleston criminal lawyers, we handled bond hearings in South Carolina. This article explains bail, surety bonds, PR bonds, and bond court procedures.
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In this article, the Charleston criminal lawyers at Futeral & Nelson explain bond hearings in South Carolina. A bond hearing, sometimes referred to as a bail hearing, is usually the first thing that happens after a person is arrested in South Carolina. After the person is booked at the jail, then a bond judge will hear the case and determine whether to let the charged person out, and if so, under what conditions (making bail) such as a PR bond or a surety bond.

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Lawyers, Publicity, & Lessons from the Walter Scott Shooting

Lawyers, Publicity, & Lessons from the Walter Scott Shooting | DUI & Criminal Law | Scoop.it
Here are lessons lawyers can learn from how Attorney David Aylor handled the news media in the shooting of Walter Scott by Officer Michael Slager.
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When fellow Charleston attorney David Aylor took on the high-profile case of North Charleston police officer Michael Slager, Aylor wasted no time speaking to the press. Three days later, Aylor publicly dumped Slager after a video came out showing Slager shooting Walter Scott in the back 8 times. Again, Aylor wasted no time publicly announcing that he dumped Slager. Aylor announced his withdrawal on his website and he gave an interview to the Daily Beast and said, “I can’t specifically state what is the reason why or what isn’t the reason why I’m no longer his lawyer. All I can say is that the same day of the discovery of the video that was disclosed publicly, I withdrew as counsel immediately.” Because Aylor swiftly dumped Slager, the internet and social media began buzzing harshly about whether Slager lied to Aylor and whether Aylor acted unprofessionally by suddenly, and very publicly, dropping his client. This article examines the lessons lawyers can learn from the way Aylor dealt with the news media in this high-profile case.

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FREE eBook on Motorcycle Laws in South Carolina

FREE eBook on Motorcycle Laws in South Carolina | DUI & Criminal Law | Scoop.it
"Motorcycle Laws in South Carolina" is the #1 eBook for motorcyclists in South Carolina. This eBook is FREE on the iTunes® Bookstore or as a PDF.
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Underage Drinking and Driving in South Carolina

Underage Drinking and Driving in South Carolina | DUI & Criminal Law | Scoop.it
Although it’s illegal in South Carolina to sell alcohol to someone who is under 21 years old, kids still find access to it. Unfortunately, they sometimes drive a vehicle after consuming alcohol. For drivers under 21, they can be charged under South Carolina’s Zero Tolerance Law or under traditional DUI laws. In this article, our DUI defense lawyers explain how South Carolina’s Zero Tolerance laws work for people under 21.
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Bringing a Gun through Airport Security in South Carolina

Bringing a Gun through Airport Security in South Carolina | DUI & Criminal Law | Scoop.it
Our lawyers in Charleston explain what happens if you have a handgun in your luggage while going through airport security and how to respond to the TSA.
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Our defense lawyers in Charleston, South Carolina have helped people who’ve forgotten that they’ve left a handgun in their carry-on luggage while going through airport security. In this article, we explain the consequences, including civil penalties, of carrying a gun through airport security through the Charleston International Airport or any other airport in South Carolina and how to respond to the TSA to reduce or eliminate any fines.

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Can the Police Search My Home Without a Warrant in SC?

Can the Police Search My Home Without a Warrant in SC? | DUI & Criminal Law | Scoop.it
Our Charleston criminal lawyers explain whether the police can search your home or property in South Carolina without a warrant and your legal rights.
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South Carolina Golf Cart Laws

South Carolina Golf Cart Laws | DUI & Criminal Law | Scoop.it
This article describes South Carolina's golf cart laws such as who can drive, where and when you can drive, and registration and insurance requirements.
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There are specific laws pertaining to golf carts in South Carolina. If you own a golf cart or thinking about getting one, this article will help you to be familiar with South Carolina’s laws concerning golf carts, how to avoid criminal or civil liability for operating one improperly, and some facts regarding golf cart injuries.

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Ignition Interlock Device Program in South Carolina

Ignition Interlock Device Program in South Carolina | DUI & Criminal Law | Scoop.it
Our DUI lawyers in Charleston, SC explain the Ignition Interlock Device Program including how the program works and the penalties for violating the program.
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The Ignition Interlock Device (IID) Program is part of "Emma's Law" that was enacted in October 2014. A significant part of this law concerns the use of Ignition Interlock Devices for certain people convicted of drunk driving/DUI offenses. This article explains who MUST enroll in the Ignition Interlock Program, who CAN enroll in the Program, how long a driver must stay in the Program, and the penalties for violating the Program.

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Your Rights at License & DUI Checkpoints in South Carolina

Your Rights at License & DUI Checkpoints in South Carolina | DUI & Criminal Law | Scoop.it
This article examines license and DUI checkpoints in South Carolina, your legal rights, what to do if you're stopped at a DUI or license checkpoint.
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In South Carolina, law enforcement may briefly stop drivers at a checkpoint or a roadblock for the limited purpose of verifying a driver's license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance. Also, authorities may set up checkpoints to detect drunk drivers. However, in every case involving an arrest for a DUI at a checkpoint, the prosecution must first show that the checkpoint didn't violate the driver's rights under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. In this article, we examine the laws and the procedures in South Carolina regarding license and DUI checkpoints, your legal rights, and what to do if you're stopped at a checkpoint in South Carolina.

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Accidents, Air Bags & the Tyndall Effect in DUI Cases

Accidents, Air Bags & the Tyndall Effect in DUI Cases | DUI & Criminal Law | Scoop.it
Our Charleston DUI defense lawyers explain the reasons why an accident can actually make it HARDER for the prosecution to show that you're guilty of DUI.
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If you're involved in an auto accident, and the police suspect that you've consumed ANY amount of alcohol, chances are you'll be arrested for DUI. Our Charleston DUI defense lawyers explain the reasons why an accident can actually make it HARDER for the prosecution to show that you're guilty of DUI.

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Futeral & Nelson, LLC - Charleston Lawyers for Family Law, Criminal Defense & Personal Injury on Vimeo

At Futeral & Nelson, LLC, we're Charleston lawyers with over 30 years of combined experience with family law, criminal defense, and personal injury claims. Remember…
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False Arrest & False Imprisonment in South Carolina

False Arrest & False Imprisonment in South Carolina | DUI & Criminal Law | Scoop.it
In South Carolina, if you're falsely accused of shoplifting, you may have for false arrest, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, and defamation.
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Imagine you're shopping in Wal-Mart, you buy a bag of Doritos and a Coke, and security guards stop you in front of other customers, accuse you of shoplifting, search you, and make you wait in a locked room until the police arrive. Now imagine you've deposited money in a bank but when you leave the bank, you're tackled to the ground by a swarm of police officers pointing shotguns and assault rifles at your head because the bank called 911 and reported a robbery. These are (real life) examples of false arrest and false imprisonment cases we've handled in South Carolina.

 

We've written this article to educated consumers and shoppers in South Carolina about their rights concerning false arrest, false imprisonment, and malicious prosecution.

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Felony DUI in South Carolina

Felony DUI in South Carolina | DUI & Criminal Law | Scoop.it
For a Charleston DUI lawyer, defending a felony DUI is challenging. This article explains, in detail, South Carolina's law and penalties for a felony DUI.
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In South Carolina, a DUI that involves bodily injury or the death of another person is a felony DUI. A felony DUI differs from a DUI in both the proof of the offense and the penalties for a conviction. This articles explains what you need to know about felony DUI in South Carolina.

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