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Animal Cruelty in SC – is Fish Abuse a Crime?

Animal cruelty is a crime in SC – people are often arrested for alleged mistreatment of dogs, horses, or other pets or livestock. Where do we draw the line, though? Most charges of animal cruelty in SC are related to neglect or mistreatment of dogs or horses, although the law clearly applies to most animals. [..]

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Should I Take the First Plea Offer?

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard defendants (but not their attorneys) say, “should I take the first plea offer?” “Never take the first plea offer” is a myth that is often repeated by inmates talking at the jail. I’m not saying you should take the first plea offer. Or the second, third, or fourth [..]

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Contraband in South Carolina Prisons

Prison officials spend a lot of time, money, and other resources controlling what comes out of prisons – their goal, after all, is to keep the inmates inside. But, South Carolina has found that it’s even more difficult to keep control of what goes into prisons. SC Gov. Henry McMaster recently issued an executive order [..]

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Taking on the Man

When Claudia James Sullivan became an attorney in 1918, she still wasn’t allowed to vote. Why? Because she was a woman. The United States Constitution did not allow women to vote in national elections. In some places across the country, women were allowed to vote in state and local elections, but not in South Carolina. [..]

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Can I Get Arrested for Leaving the Kids Home Alone?

A woman in New York was charged with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child after police say she left her children at home for more than a day. The oldest child was 14, the youngest 1. In Kentucky, a pregnant woman was arrested after she left three children at home alone for [..]

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Can an Email Trigger the Time-Clock for Notice of Appeal?

Here’s an issue that potentially may affect every SC attorney at some point in the future – the time to serve a notice of appeal begins when you receive an email telling you that an order or judgment has been entered in your case… This decision could easily slip under the radar for many attorneys [..]

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What is Wrong With Michelle Carter’s Conviction?

Everything. What the girl did was unthinkable and, from someone who has two small children, horrifying. But the facts do not fit the crime that she was charged with, either – the charges, the prosecution, the trial, the conviction were all wrong. Furthermore, the fact that the girl was tried by a juvenile court judge [..]

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To Testify or Not to Testify

The question of whether a defendant in a criminal trial should testify is complex and the answer depends on many different variables. Most criminal defense lawyers will say that the defendant should not testify as a general rule. Some say that the defendant should always testify as a general rule. There are valid reasons for [..]

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Police Body Cameras in South Carolina

Last year South Carolina passed a law that requires law enforcement throughout the state to wear body cameras, subject to guidelines, policies and procedures that had not yet been drafted at the time, and subject to funding for each agency.  The law also makes recordings from the body cameras exempt from Freedom of Information Act [..]

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