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What’s the Procedure in Magistrate Court in SC?

What’s the procedure in magistrate court in SC? The magistrate court, or summary court, is the “lower court” in SC’s criminal justice system. Although magistrate court, like SC’s circuit court, also has a “civil side,” in this blog post I’m going to be talking only about the “criminal side” of the magistrate court in SC [..]

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What is Auto-Brewery Syndrome?

What is Auto-Brewery Syndrome? What is auto-brewery syndrome? Imagine you are driving down the road, on your way home after dinner, and you begin feeling a bit woozy just before you get pulled over by a police car. The officer accuses you of driving drunk, but you don’t drink. Of course, the officer doesn’t believe [..]

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Does Marijuana Affect Driving Like Alcohol?

Does marijuana affect driving like alcohol? Many people, including many SC legislators, assume that marijuana affects driving like alcohol or the use of other drugs, but what evidence is that assumption based on? Studies that have been conducted have resulted in wildly varying estimates about the effect of marijuana on driving ability, with some saying [..]

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What are the Topless Laws in SC?

Are there topless laws in SC? First, you may be wondering what the heck I’m talking about. What is a “topless law?” If you missed it, there is a worldwide movement to change indecent exposure and other state laws that make it a crime for a woman to expose her breasts. If it is not [..]

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DUI in SC – What Does “Drive” Mean?

You can be found guilty of DUI in SC if the state proves that you were driving while under the influence “to the extent that [your] faculties to drive a motor vehicle [were] materially and appreciably impaired.” It seems basic, but, to be convicted of DUI in SC, you must have been driving the vehicle. [..]

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