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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.

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.

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. 

An overview of disorderly conduct for South Carolina students

As a college student, you work hard to pursue your scholarly goals and get good grades. Cramming for exams and hitting the books causes a lot of stress, and sometimes you need to let loose. Whether you are just hanging out with friends or drinking alcohol at a crazy party, you may find yourself arrested because of disorderly conduct.

Can you get a DUI with a prescription drug?

When people think about DUIs, it is usually alcohol that comes to mind. However, you were pulled over when you were taking a prescription medication that made you feel a little groggy, and the officer accused you of driving under the influence. How can it be possible for you or other South Carolina residents to get a DUI while taking a completely legal medication, and with nothing to drink in your system?

College kids can gain criminal records by possessing alcohol

There are a number of violations that the state of South Carolina can charge a college kid with when it comes to alcohol. Perhaps considered relatively innocuous is the minor in possession code section. However, it is a crime to possess alcohol when under the age of 21, much less drink it.

3 things to never do after a car accident

Most people will become involved in a car accident at some point in their lives. According to data collected by the South Carolina Department of Public Safety in 2015, there was approximately one car crash every 3.9 minutes in the state. One person suffered an injury from a car crash approximately once every nine minutes. 

What happens in a bond hearing

Courts hold bond hearings every day in South Carolina. Usually, a judge sets bond when an arrest is processed, but there are instances where he or she may deny a bond.

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