When facing criminal charges in South Carolina, you may or may not be familiar with the term "plea bargaining". A plea bargain or plea deal can be defined as an agreement between a defense attorney and prosecutor which allows the defendant to plead guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for dropping other charges or a more lenient sentence. For example, you could be charged with a felony and receive an offer to plead to a misdemeanor.
Not necessarily. During a traffic stop for DUI, while it may seem inevitable that a guilty conviction will occur if you fail a breathalyzer test, that is simply not true. Every person charged with a criminal offense is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.