The Holidays are such a wonderful time of year for spending time with close friends and family. However, it can also be a particularly stressful time of year to travel on the roads. Here are a few safety tips to minimize the risk of personal injuries if you are out on the roads this Holiday season:
The month of December is oftentimes filled with Holiday parties. As most people are aware of, police presence in South Carolina on roadways and DUI checkpoints usually go hand-in-hand with the increased frequency of Holiday parties. What some people may not know, however, is that police must follow certain parameters when operating a check point. Federal law, for example, requires police to publicize the date and locations of DUI checkpoints in advance. If police fail to follow the required procedures and guidelines, then your DUI case may be eligible to be dismissed.
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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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.