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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: So you already said I don’t have to show up in court. Is it worth it to fight to have 2 pts dropped?

How does 2 pts affect insurance in SC? Is it worth it to try and fight the points or just be happy the trooper decreased the points from 4 to 2 and since I’ve paid just go on my way? It is my first ticket ever

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Allison Brandt Blackwelder answered on Dec 7, 2019

There are several factors to consider when making that decision. I recommend reaching out to an experienced attorney that can help you make the best decision for you.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: I got my first traffic violation in SC for 10 miles over the speed limit and 2 pts on my license. The trooper decrease

The trooper decreased the ticket from 4pts to 2 and 20miles down to 10miles. I just paid the fee of $75 online. My question is the ticket online says no court appearance required but the back part of the ticket talks about "If you fail to post bond or personally appear in court on the assigned... Read more »

Allison Brandt Blackwelder
Allison Brandt Blackwelder answered on Dec 6, 2019

The fine you paid is the bond amount, so you do not need to appear in court. You have already taken care of the matter responsibly. Best of luck!

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: I was caught shoplifting in an amount of $62. I have no previous history and was not arrested and was issued a ticket

With the ticket I was issued a court date. My husband is in the military and we have a young child, I am terrified this will affect my husband's job and my child. What do I do from here?

Allison Brandt Blackwelder
Allison Brandt Blackwelder answered on Nov 28, 2017

I urge you to contact an attorney. He or she will be able to provide guidance on how to best proceed.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: My husband just went to jail today and I need to know will he possibly get out when he sees the judge in the morning

He got charged with manifacturing and distribution of cocaine base it's his first offense and all he had on him was a small piece of meth and emty bags

Allison Brandt Blackwelder
Allison Brandt Blackwelder answered on Nov 28, 2017

I urge you to contact an attorney on his behalf.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: Do I get charged a fine if there's no monetary amount on the citation?
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Allison Brandt Blackwelder answered on Aug 8, 2017

Yes. There are standard fines that each court associates with charges listed on a citation. In some courts, there is not even a standard location to write a fine amount on a citation, so there is an implicit understanding when any ticket is written.

The bottom line is that you are going...
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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: Can I get pulled over for a seatbelt but before he got to my window I had it on ? He said he pulled me over for it
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Allison Brandt Blackwelder answered on Mar 14, 2017

Yes, that is allowed and standard operating procedure for officers.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: I got pulled over for going under a red light when I had enough time. He gave me two tickets and I have court.

I got charged for two things I was unaware of and the tickets do not have the ticket amounts. Should I be worried? What should I expect? I am also in Spartanburg,SC

Allison Brandt Blackwelder
Allison Brandt Blackwelder answered on Mar 4, 2017

Traffic citations can have consequences beyond court dates and fines. An experienced traffic attorney can look at you citations and let you know what options may be available to make things better. Call one today to make sure you take advantage of all of your options.

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Q: I got a ticket 5 years ago for a expired licence and I didn't pay it what do I need to do to go get my licence back.
Allison Brandt Blackwelder
Allison Brandt Blackwelder answered on Feb 11, 2017

Your first step is contacting the court that handled your case five years ago and paying that fine or serving whatever sentence was ordered. If you have no other license issues, proof that you handled the old charge may be enough for the DMV to allow you to get your license back.

If you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: my son was with a group of kids an beat up another student. My son then put a BB gun to scare him.

The kid they beat up broke into my sons best friends house so they took matters in their own hands. This is his first offence and he has never been in trouble. He admitted he was hanging out with the wrong crowd. What will happen to him?

Allison Brandt Blackwelder
Allison Brandt Blackwelder answered on Feb 10, 2017

Your son could face serious criminal charges, as could his friends. I would contact an attorney as soon as possible to protect his rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: Can my child be charged with disruption of the school for accidentally activating mace that another student brought

My child got up from his desk (which he prob shouldn't have) to ask another student a question. He put his hands on her desk accidentally activating her keychain mace. He got 3 days and a charge she got nothing and was handed back the mace to keep in her car, also on school property. I know he... Read more »

Allison Brandt Blackwelder
Allison Brandt Blackwelder answered on Jan 15, 2017

Short answer: Yes, but your son should contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to see if you can fight the charge.

An experienced attorney would explain that the outcome of your son's case is going to depend on what the evidence shows. In other words, we need to know more...
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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: I was charged with reckless driving in SC. The road was wet and when I pulled out my tires spun. I was also arrested.

I have no criminal record. No priors other then one speeding ticket. The officer sent me to jail for the night. What should I do to fight this in court?

Allison Brandt Blackwelder
Allison Brandt Blackwelder answered on Jan 10, 2017

Bottom line: Contact an attorney to see what options might be available to you and your specific set of circumstances prior to your court date.

Reckless Driving is a serious traffic offense and can lead to issues with license suspension, insurance premium increases, and other...
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