misdemeanors Archives

Springfield police chief arrested over unpaid funds to deputies

If there was any demographic that people in Florence would believe to be the least likely to be involved in criminal activity, it may be law enforcement officials. However, stories of police officers being arrested are not uncommon. This may not necessarily signify an increased propensity amongst police to break the law, however, but rather an indication of how easy it may be for one’s unintentional errors or mishandling of a matter to result in criminal charges. People may make errors in judgment in their professional or personal lives all the time. Law enforcement officers may just happen to be in position where there mistakes are more likely to get them into hot water legally.

College football players cleared of assault charges

People often may not realize just how extensive the damage can be when one is accused of a crime in Florence. Assumptions of one's guilt often occur before he or she is ever allowed to have his or her day in court. These assumptions can have a dramatic impact on one's personal relationships, his or her career, as well as his or her standing within the local community. At such times, those who stand accused of crimes may like nothing more than to enjoy anonymity. Yet often, due to one's public profile, that may be next to impossible.

Your misdemeanor may affect your job search

Searching for a job in South Carolina can be a challenge, but for those who have been convicted of a misdemeanor, it can be even more difficult. According to the Collegiate Times, research indicates that an employer may not separate misdemeanors from felonies when looking at an applicant’s criminal record. This could mean that a young person with a disorderly conduct misdemeanor or similar conviction could be seen as a liability and may never get called in for an interview.

Understanding the Consequences of Misdemeanors in South Carolina

Contrary to public opinion, not all crimes are classified equally across all States in the U.S. In Florence, South Carolina, misdemeanors are conventionally described as criminal offenses more serious than infractions but less consequential than felonies. Misdemeanors are mainly punishable by incarceration in jail or fines determined by the court. Understanding misdemeanors and their resulting consequences should be basic instinct to every citizen. After all, you might end up convicted for one and getting acquitted might become a daunting task, to say the least. Misdemeanors are widely considered to fetch different penalties depending on the gravity of the crime.

Misdemeanor record expungement

Having a criminal record of any kind can be difficult on a person, especially when it comes to things like finding employment, securing housing and obtaining professional licenses. Due to this, many people in South Carolina look into a record expungement. Getting misdemeanor charges expunged from a criminal record is possible by going through the right channels and meeting the requirements.

What are South Carolina’s laws regarding shoplifting?

Shoplifting may be a crime that Charleston residents dismiss as being only a juvenile issue. However, the state’s laws regarding this offense cover several different scenarios, many of which adults may participate in. If you have been charged with shoplifting, you may want to understand what penalties you could face, as well as whether or not your actions justified being accused of such a crime.

Vandalism charges and defenses

Destroying another person's property is considered vandalism. This could include making unnecessary changes to a piece of property, graffiti, breaking windows and even hacking into someone's personal website and making changes. Although some people consider vandalism like graffiti to be artistic, the law does not agree.

What's the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?

Not all crimes are created equal. The criminal justice system divided them into convenient categories, usually based on how severe the penalties are. In a broad sense, there are three types: infractions, misdemeanors and felonies. Here are the key differences between all of them:

  • Infractions. Infractions classify as the least serious of all the crimes. Infractions are things like speeding tickets, loitering and even sometimes minor possession of drugs. With infractions, you'll generally just be handed a ticket and expected to pay it or have a brief appearance in court.
  • Misdemeanors. Misdemeanors can be much more serious than infractions and can include time in jail; as much as one year. Usually, if jail time is given it will be in a county jail rather than a prison. With misdemeanors, prosecutors have a huge amount of leeway with which to handle defendants. This can make misdemeanor charges tough to predict in terms of plea bargains and penalties.
  • Felonies. Felonies are handled more seriously by the justice system than any other crime. They are typically punishable by more than one year in prison and include crimes like murder, burglary and rape.

Vandalism charges and defenses

Destroying another person's property without consent qualifies as vandalism. This could include making unnecessary changes, painting graffiti, breaking windows and even hacking into someone's personal website and making changes. Although some people consider vandalism like graffiti to be artistic, the law does not agree.