misdemeanors Archives

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?

Shoplifting: a common crime

There are many reasons why a person may commit an offense such as shoplifting: poverty, psychological reward and peer pressure are among the most common influences. While shoplifting may never completely cease to occur, there are legal details individuals should know when facing shoplifting consequences. South Carolina is hardly exempt from such crimes, and has experienced an influx in cases in recent months. The causes may be difficult to determine, but what are the penalties and types of prevention plans? 

Distracted driving hits drivers where it hurts: their wallets

The fast-paced world has many South Carolina drivers pulled in many directions, which may be why some turn to driving while distracted, either through emails, text messages or other passengers in the car. According to The State, this has drivers paying, both with higher insurance premiums, fines, and unfortunately for some, with their lives. 

Run from police results in crash, arrest

Typically, a speeding offense or other moving violation in Florence may not result in severe consequences. One who is facing such a scenario may ultimately only be forced to pay a fine, and certain corrective actions (such as attending a driver safety course) could even result in not having the offense reported to his or her insurance provider. Cooperation with law enforcement officials is typically a prerequisite to earning such an outcome to a traffic offense, however. Failing to do so could potentially land one in even deeper legal hot water, prompting authorities to level charges that he or she may have not otherwise been facing. 

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.