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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.

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.

3 things you should never do after a DUI arrest

When a police officer places you under arrest for drunk driving, you likely feel frustration and confusion. You may feel the urge to argue with law enforcement or represent yourself. However, making these mistakes after a DUI arrest will only make things worse for you. 

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