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COLLEGE STUDENT DEFENSE IN SOUTH CAROLINA

With sorority and fraternity rush coming up in the next few weeks and college beginning shortly thereafter, college students at the College of Charleston and other South Carolina universities need to know that law enforcement is cracking down on "Greek life" and "College life" in general. In other words, police presence has increased in most college towns and therefore students may find themselves more likely to need a college student defense lawyer. When a college student is charged with a crime, he or she oftentimes will face criminal proceedings as well as disciplinary or administrative hearings at the college or university.

DOG BITE INJURIES IN SOUTH CAROLINA

Dog bites can be a very traumatic and life changing event for adults and especially for children. A person's life can be altered in a matter of seconds from injuries suffered from a dog bite attack. Oftentimes injuries can be serious and permanently disfiguring. The costs associated with those injuries-emergency services, surgeries, future surgeries, physical and mental therapy, etc. can quickly add up and become overwhelming. And, in most cases, insurance companies fight hard to try to avoid paying victims adequate compensation. That is why it is critical for you to understand South Carolina's dog bite laws and contact a personal injury lawyer immediately to help you or your loved one recover the most compensation for your medical bills, pain and emotional suffering.

Reinstating your driver's license in South Carolina

If you have a DUI/DWI conviction, or if you refused a breathalyzer test in South Carolina, the result is a suspended driver's license. Not being able to drive makes a big impact on the most important factors of daily life, such as getting to work each day. That is why it is crucial to understand how to go about requesting a reinstatement of your driver's license.

You must meet certain requirements before you can apply for a license reinstatement. The following information will explain the basics of how you can begin this process:

DUI & Personal Injuries On A Golf Cart In South Carolina

What are the requirements to drive a golf cart in South Carolina?

According to Section 56-2-105 of the South Carolina Code of Laws, if you are planning on driving your golf cart on public property, including neighborhood roads, you must register your golf cart and purchase a permit for it from the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. Only a licensed driver over 16 years old can drive a golf cart and it can only be driven during daylight hours. Finally, most people do not realize that, when driving the golf cart, the driver must actually have in his or her possession: (1) the registration; (2) proof of liability insurance for the golf cart; and (3) a valid driver's license.

What you need to know about South Carolina’s marijuana laws

If you are an out-of-state student attending one of South Carolina’s many fine colleges, universities, and professional schools, you need to know that our state likely has far more restrictive marijuana laws than your home state. In fact, South Carolina has some of the most restrictive marijuana laws in the country.

While our state allows the very limited use of certain cannabis derivatives by patients suffering from seizure disorders, this law remains murky at best. In addition, a recent State Legislature bill that would have extended medical marijuana usage failed to even make it to a hearing. Under no circumstances is recreational marijuana usage legal. Consequently, you can face arrest, prosecution and conviction of drug possession if law enforcement officers find even a small amount of marijuana in your pockets, home or car.

PERSONAL RECOGNIZANCE (PR) OR SURETY BOND: DOES IT MATTER?

Under South Carolina law, when someone is charged with a crime, that person will appear in front of a bond judge who will determine whether to set a bond and, if so, what conditions will be set.  The bond hearing is typically held within 24 hours of being arrested. The two most common types of bonds are personal recognizance (PR) or surety bonds-the difference between the two can cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars.

What compensation can you get for a slip and fall?

Slips and falls are common personal injuries that can happen to anyone at any time. Take the case of tennis pro Genie Bouchard, who experienced a nasty slip and fall in 2015, which the United States Tennis Association was liable for. 

Every slip and fall case is different due to the circumstances surrounding the unsafe conditions and the injuries the victim ultimately developed. The amounts will differ case by case, but there are common factors your attorney will look for. 

Can my criminal case go into the pretrial intervention (pti) program?

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What Is Pre-Trial Intervention Or PTI?

If you are charged with certain crimes in the state of South Carolina, then Pretrial Intervention ("PTI") is a diversionary program that could be the best option for you to avoid being prosecuted and convicted of that crime. Upon successful completion of PTI, the person charged with a crime has the opportunity to have his or her charges dismissed and expunged from his or her criminal record. Each circuit solicitor in the state of South Carolina, pursuant to Section 17-22-10 of S.C. Code of Laws, is given much discretion to establish and run their own version of the PTI program. However, the law does prohibit specific people from entering the PTI program. That is why it is so important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss whether your case would qualify for PTI.

Prescription pain relievers and criminal charges

Prescription pain medications are necessary to provide relief to those with certain medical issues, such as chronic pain or recovery from surgery. Unfortunately, these drugs also have criminal uses. Painkillers are not legal for every person. They are only legal for those with prescriptions and in specific amounts. 

You may face jail time and fines for misusing pain relief medications. Here are some examples of the most common prescription drug offenses.

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