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When a shoplifting charge threatens a reputation

It may seem a small act, but can result in major consequences: shoplifting is a crime that affects a multitude of customers and business owners each year. While the taking of an item that is not one's own is certainly problematic for South Carolina businesses, it can also inflict serious damage on a person's reputation and career. Below are some recent developments in this area of crime, as well as a few ways residents can navigate a shoplifting charge.  

The severity of a misdemeanor charge

When South Carolina residents are charged with a misdemeanor, they may think that this is not a serious offense. A misdemeanor charge can have far-reaching consequences, though, and it is important to understand how a seemingly simply offense can affect someone's life for years.

Are all misdemeanors the same?

You have likely heard about people being charged with crimes in South Carolina and some of the time these crimes are referred to as felonies while others are referred to as misdemeanors. As you may well know, felonies are considered more serious offenses than misdemeanors. However, there is more of a distinction in the type of crime an act may be considered than simply whether it is a felony or a misdemeanor.

Understanding battery charges

When someone is charged with battery in South Carolina, he or she might wonder what exactly this means. At first glance, this term might seem to have nothing to do with the law. According to FindLaw, this term refers to times when someone touches another person without permission.

State pushing for stronger phone laws

Through the holiday season and especially over the New Year's Eve holiday celebration time in South Carolina, much attention is given to alternatives to drinking and driving. The dangers associated with getting behind the wheel of a car even if a person has had only one alcoholic beverage have been known for a long time. Sadly many people keep making the dangerous choice to grab their keys after a drink or two. Similarly, too many people refuse to put down their phones while they drive.

Did that camera at the stoplight take my picture?

As you've driven through intersections in South Carolina, you've likely noticed before that there are cameras pointing down at the traffic. But do you know what they're for, or how they work? You might be surprised to know that not every camera at a traffic light takes your picture.

Uniform traffic tickets in South Carolina

If you are a licensed driver in South Carolina, understanding the rules of the road is important for you. This involves having a good grasp on the types of citations that may be issued and what may lead to those. As explained by the South Carolina Legislature, a uniform traffic ticket may be issued for a myriad of reasons far beyond exceeding the speed limit or failing to make a complete stop at a stop sign.

Harsh penalties for shoplifters in south carolina

Sometimes, life's pressing situations can leave one in desperate financial circumstances. There are many factors that drive an individual to shoplift, but some speculate that South Carolina's shoplifting laws themselves could point toward one explanation. The state's laws on shoplifting were at one time among the most lenient in the country, and lawmakers eventually began to reconsider toughening those regulations. This is a positive step for the state's retail businesses, but what could it mean for those who commit small shoplifting crimes?