May 2017 Archives

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.

Assessing the accuracy of breathalyzer devices

To most in Florence and throughout the rest of the U.S., the breathalyzer has come to be the symbol for law enforcement’s commitment to avoid the dangers posed by drunk drivers. Like those who have come to us here at the Parham Law Firm, LLC after a drunk driving arrest, you likely understand a .08 percent blood alcohol content reading as being the almost universally accepted standard for determining whether you are too impaired to drive. Yet how much confidence should be placed on such a measurement if it was attained using a breathalyzer device?

Good Samaritan law proposed to reduce heroin deaths

As heroin use rises across the country, South Carolina has also seen a spike in deaths from overdoses. The Washington Times reports that the state has seen a 57.1 increase in heroin fatalities between 2014 and 2015. According to CDC statistics across the country, from 2013-2014 there was a 26 percent rise in deaths from heroin overdose. One reason for these deaths is that heroin can be laced with other drugs that a user may not realize, which can affect the potency of the drug, for example fentanyl, which is 20 times more powerful than heroin, can be mixed in without a user’s knowledge resulting in his or her death. There were six known overdose deaths relating to fentanyl in 2016.

South Carolina DWI penalties

Summer is right around the corner. You will have almost three months to unwind from a stressful spring semester. There will be camping trips, afternoons on the river, and the occasional party. What if, while on your way home from a summer party, a police officer pulls you over? What if you are arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI)?

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.