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Robbery in South Carolina

Robbery Defined South Carolina law divides robbery into many types and they include: unarmed robbery, armed robbery bank robbery, and strong-armed robbery or highway robbery. Elements of Robbery Explained No matter the specific type of robbery, all robberies defined by South Carolina statute requiring the taking and carrying away of personal property of another with [..]

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Criminal Sexual Conduct in South Carolina

  Criminal Sexual Conduct of the First Degree Defined S.C. Code § 16-3-652 defines first degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC) as sexual battery with use of aggravated force or victim submits to sexual battery while also victim of forcible confinement, kidnapping, robbery, extortion, burglary, housebreaking or any other similar offense or act or victim rendered [..]

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Drug Possession/ Distribution/ Trafficking in South Carolina

Possession of Drugs Penalties at law for possession/distribution of drugs may include fines, imprisonment, and suspension of your driver’s license. Additionally, both misdemeanor and felony drug charges become part of your criminal record so the effects of drug charges can be everlasting. Simple Possession of Marijuana Defined For simple possession of marijuana, the accused is [..]

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Manslaughter in South Carolina

Manslaughter Defined There are two types of manslaughter in South Carolina and one of them is voluntary manslaughter. South Carolina statute defines voluntary manslaughter as the “unlawful killing without malice, express or implied.” (See S.C. Code § 16-3-50).  Elements of Voluntary Manslaughter Explained Voluntary manslaughter is often described as a “heat of passion killing.” A [..]

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Public Disorderly Conduct in South Carolina

Public Disordery Conduct Defined S.C. Code § 16-17-530 defines public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace as: 1.) Being at a public highway place, or gathering in a gross intoxicated condition OR 2.) Conducting oneself in a disorderly or boisterous manner in public OR 3.) Use of obscene or profane language at any public [..]

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Murder in South Carolina

Defined South Carolina defines murder as the killing of a person with malice aforethought. (See S.C. Code § § 16-3-10 and 16-3-20). Malice aforethought does not require ill will or hate for the victim but rather a general recklessness for the life of the victim. All that is needed for murder is that one conceived [..]

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Larceny in South Carolina

Grand Larceny S.C. Code § 16-13-30 defines larceny as the carrying and taking away of personal property valued at more than one thousand dollars belonging to the person of another with the intent to deprive the owner of possession and to convert the goods to the use of the offender. Elements of Grand Larceny Explained [..]

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DUI and DUAC in South Carolina

DUI Defined S.C. Code § 56-5-2930 defines the elements of DUI (drinking under the influence) as: driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs or substances to the extent that the driver’s faculties to drive are materially and appreciably impaired. In other words, if because of alcohol and/or drugs a [..]

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Burglary in South Carolina

Background of Burglary Until 1985 burglary was exclusively a common law offense in South Carolina and punishable by no less than life imprisonment unless the jury recommended mercy in which case the penalty could be reduced to no less than five years incarceration. At common law, burglary is defined as the breaking and entering of [..]

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