July 2019 Archives

Why should college students avoid using "study drugs"?

College students have a lot of demands with respect to their schooling. Most have classes, social engagements, extracurricular activities and a job to think about. This might not leave much time for studying for their courses. Finding the energy to study is another factor because by the time a so many other things are done, they might be fatigued.

When is a DUI a felony?

Typically, an arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance in Florence will net you a misdemeanor charge. Misdemeanors may be viewed by some as a proverbial "slap on the wrist," yet do not be fooled: a DUI charge is a very serious offense for which the potential penalties can be even more so. Fines, a license suspension and substance abuse counseling may be included in the punitive action you might have to face. It should also be noted that these are typical penalties when facing with a misdemeanor; imagine how much more grave they may be if you are charged with a felony DUI. 

Cartel leader sentenced based on legal mandates

Anyone in South Carolina who has been following the efforts of those trying to reform the criminal justice system will know that mandatory sentencing is one thing that often comes under scrutiny and attack. More and more, advocates are asserting that mandatory minimum sentences or even mandatory maximum sentences should be eliminated. The reason for this point of view is that these laws prevent individual judges from using their discretion and, in a way, from acting as true judges.

Conditional discharge program for disorderly conduct

Most people in South Carolina can think of at least one time in their life when they would like to have the ability to go back and change what they said or did. This, in some respects, is part and parcel of being human. It is common that these situations do not end up leading a person to being arrested and living with a criminal record yet that can happen, even for relatively minor offenses like being overtly drunk in public.

Woman arrested for alleged impaired operation of toy

People who live in South Carolina know that operating a motor vehicle while impaired by either alcohol or drugs is against the law and may find them facing a criminal charge for operating a vehicle while under the influence. This type of charge may also be faced for alleged impaired operation of a boat. A recent incident in Walhalla raises new questions about what may be considered a motor vehicle under the law regarding these types of charges.

College pranks can lead to criminal actions

College students who are trying to find their way often make mistakes. Unfortunately, this can sometimes lead to serious legal problems because they might not think through whether certain actions are legal. There are several things that college students might do that will require them to defend themselves in court.

Oconee County authorities respond to unique incident

Law enforcement authorities in Florence take drunk driving cases very seriously (as they should). The impairments that set in after one has consumed alcohol can make them dangerous to others should they choose to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. Officials have a responsibility to protect the public if and when a person is indeed proven to have engaged in such reckless behavior. At the same time, authorities are also asked to understand that not every suspected DUI case is the same, and oftentimes, following what may be viewed as protocols may leave one facing charges that their actions do not warrant.