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5 Myths About SC DUI Laws

A drunk driving conviction in South Carolina can disrupt your life and the lives of everyone around you. The best way to avoid a DUI, of course, is to never drive when you are impaired by alcohol or other drugs. But it’s also important to have reliable information about DUI law if you ever find [..]

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Drug Dog Fail

A police officer was caught on video abusing his K-9 partner after the drug dog failed to give him probable cause to search the car of someone he pulled over. In the video, an officer walks his K-9 partner around a car – which he pulled over because its windows were tinted – to sniff [..]

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How Long Will a DUI Conviction Stay on My SC Driving Record?

If you are convicted of DUI in South Carolina, it will follow you around for the rest of your life. A DUI conviction cannot be expunged. As long as you don’t get another DUI, your insurance premiums will eventually go down. Your driving record will no longer reflect the DUI after 10 years. But it [..]

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What Not to Wear to Court in Myrtle Beach…

First impressions matter. Especially when you are a defendant in court. The easiest way to make a good impression – or at least avoid making a bad impression – is to dress appropriately for court. When judges complain about courtroom attire, they never call inappropriate clothing “unfashionable.” They call it “disrespectful.” If they think you [..]

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Can Police Test Your Fingerprints for Drug Use Now?

New technologies that make it easier for police to identify suspects and charge them almost always present courts with constitutional concerns. One that is quickly making its way here is drug tests from fingerprints… Whether it’s widespread use of license plate readers or the vast array of surveillance tools used by the National Security Agency, [..]

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Facebook, Social Media, and Attorney Ethics

The scary Facebook news just keeps coming. We all have friends who are threatening to cancel their Facebook account in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. And now we learn that the social media company is tracking our phone calls and text messages. The company says the content of calls and messages is not [..]

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Is Eyewitness Testimony Reliable?

Prosecutors love eyewitness testimony. It sends a lot of people to jail. On the surface, this makes sense – when you need to know exactly what happened and you weren’t there, why not rely on the memories of the people who were there? Because memories are not as accurate as we think they are. If [..]

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Police Officers Lie. Why Does it Matter?

People lie. Police officers are people. Therefore, police officers lie. It’s a simple exercise in logic, and it’s not in any way surprising. The first problem, of course, is that when cops lie, lives are destroyed. Innocent people go to jail. The public’s trust in the criminal justice system erodes and – as seems to [..]

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