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What Amounts To Assault & Battery During A Bar Fight?

Bar Fights In South Carolina

Under South Carolina's assault & battery laws, you could easily be arrested if you are involved in an argument at a bar that escalates to a physical confrontation, however small that confrontation may be. To provide an example, unless you have missed the news in the past week or two, it is quite hard to avoid the Confirmation Hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh. According to the New York Times & Washington Post, the most recent FBI Investigation this week has led them to investigating a police report from 1985 where Kavanaugh was alleged to have thrown some ice on a patron during a bar fight. Another acquaintance struck the patron with a glass cup, which cut the patron in the head.

During Traffic Stops, Can Police Search My Car Without A Warrant?

During traffic stops, the general rule is that police need a warrant to search your property and you have a right to tell them no if they ask to search your vehicle. In other words, if an officer asks you "Do you mind if I search your vehicle?", you can clearly let the officer know that you are not consenting to a search of your vehicle.

PERSONAL INJURIES FROM TEXTING WHILE DRIVING

With the ever-increasing use of technology in our society, it is sadly not surprising that texting and driving is nationwide issue when it comes personal injury car accidents. According to the South Carolina Department of Insurance, the average time your eyes are off the road while texting is five seconds. While that might not seem like a long time, the data goes on to explain that if you are traveling 55 mph, then five seconds would be enough time to cover the length of an entire football field while blindfolded. Oftentimes, as a result of this distracted driving, more people are getting into personal injury car accidents in South Carolina. The data shows that 64% of all car accidents in the United States involved cell phone usage last year.

SOUTH CAROLINA YOUTHFUL OFFENDER ACT

If we all took some time to reflect on our lives between the age of seventeen and twenty-five years old, I think most of us would say we were less than perfect and may have made a mistake or two along the way. Perhaps you or a loved one is in that stage in their life right now and has made one bad decision that resulted in being charged with a crime. When we are young we may make a poor judgement call and, thankfully, the South Carolina legislature recognized that those mistakes should not necessarily define the rest of our lives. Hence, the Youthful Offender Act, or "YOA" in South Carolina.

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.

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