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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: Is driving on sidewalk a points violation on SC Dont see anything online that it is. The officer acted like it was not.
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Ryan D Templeton answered on Mar 11, 2020

Assuming that you were charged under section 56-5-3835 there is no points associated with that offense.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for South Carolina on
Q: I lent someone 4k. he paid back all but 1800. ive got it on file with the county but he moved to NY after.

we had a written agreement of repayment. I filed it with the magistrates court locally and won the settlement. he was ordered to pay the money. i attempted to have the sheriffs office so a search and seizure but the debtor has moved to new york. Is there anything i can do now or am i just out the... Read more »

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Ryan D Templeton answered on Mar 6, 2020

You can file that Judgment in the location where he has moved but you will need to contact an attorney in that area to assist you in the process of filing the judgment and collecting the money.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: Can I get a pro bono on a criminal case in sc
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Ryan D Templeton answered on Mar 6, 2020

I would recommend that you reach out to the public defender's office in the County where you were arrested. If you are indigent you qualify for a free attorney.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: What is the maximum sentence for offence code 2655. Code/Ordinance Sec 43-35-0085(B).
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Ryan D Templeton answered on Mar 2, 2020

43-35-85 (B) Provides:

Except as otherwise provided in subsections (E) and (F), a person who knowingly and wilfully abuses a vulnerable adult is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be imprisoned not more than five years.

The e and f reference in the statute refer to...
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Q: 44-53-370 (D) (4) 44-53-370 (b) (1) What do these mean exactly as far as severity and or meaning.
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Ryan D Templeton answered on Mar 1, 2020

370(b)(1) carries 0-15 years in prison and/or a fine up to $25,000.00.

370(d)(4) provides for the different quantities of drugs that establish if you are charged with possession or possession with intent to distribute.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for South Carolina on
Q: Have my 1st court hearing for child custody on Tuesday March 3rd would like to speak to lawyer for legal advice.

Found out ex wife has been living in home with my son for over a year with no electricity or hot water, their was no custody agreement in place so I got my son out of that situation put him with me and enrolled him in school at the beginning of February and got him a drs appointment done, check up... Read more »

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Ryan D Templeton answered on Feb 27, 2020

You need to reach out to an attorney in the county where the temporary hearing is scheduled immediately so that they can be ready for a hearing next week!

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for South Carolina on
Q: Can my daughters father stop me from going to open school performances?

I recently got a drug charge and DSS is involved I havent gone to court for it yet and I havent gotten any papers from DSS regarding anything. My daughter had a school performance and it was in the school gym

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Ryan D Templeton answered on Feb 27, 2020

Absent a court order or voluntary safety plan in place you can go to a public performance at your child’s school.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for South Carolina on
Q: do you automatically get jail time if you’re a first timer with two felonies? assault 1st degree. burglary 1st degree.
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Ryan D Templeton answered on Feb 26, 2020

If you are in fact convicted of Burglary 1st degree the minimum sentence is 15 years. That being said depending on the facts your attorney may be able to get a plea to a lesser charge that does not carry minimum jail time.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: I got a ticket for shoplifting today and have several questions

There is some information on the citation that is incorrect. My birth year is incorrect. There is a court date set, but the ticket has NO circled when it asks if a court date appearance is needed. It is my first offense, and I don't want this on my permanent record. I know it was stupid, but I... Read more »

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Ryan D Templeton answered on Feb 19, 2020

I would recommend contacting an attorney in to area to talk about the options. There are diversionary programs that could apply to you to ultimately have you case removed from your criminal record. If you cannot afford a private attorney the public defenders office is available to you as well.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: If I got pulled doing 40 mph in 30 mph zone, violation cited 56-05-1520(G)(1) / 2100, should my fine be a max of $25?
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Ryan D Templeton answered on Feb 19, 2020

$25 is the maximum fine but with court costs and assessments that fine actually becomes $76 and change.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: Help I'm confused

My fiance got arrest a week ago for a failure to appear for 2011 but he did time and even got a public defender and released on bond but when you look in the public index it only shows up a charge that happened in 2005 but got dismissed. I don't understand why there was a warrant for a failure to... Read more »

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Ryan D Templeton answered on Feb 17, 2020

When someone does not show up for court a bench warrant is issued and the case is administratively removed from the docket and may be listed as dismissed or FTA(failure to appear). All this means is the case is removed from the docket of active cases until the person is picked up on the bench... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for South Carolina on
Q: I am wondering if my stepdad can adopt me if my biological dad's rights have been terminated due to abuse?

My biological dad's rights were terminated when I was 4 due to physically and sexually abusing me and my mother. I am now 16 and have been living with my mom and stepdad since I was 5. I'm trying to get adopted by my stepdad but am not sure if I need my birth father's consent, as he would disagree... Read more »

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Ryan D Templeton answered on Feb 15, 2020

Since you are under the age of 18 your mother and stepfather would have to file to do all of this. Assuming your biological father’s parental rights have been terminated you would not need his consent either for adoption or for a name change. I would recommend you reach out to an attorney near... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: I have a court date and my pd says she has not recieved the motion of evidence. What does this mean
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Ryan D Templeton answered on Feb 14, 2020

Nothing is going to happen in your case u til your attorney gets discovery. Just do exactly what your PD tells you to do.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: what is the bond for a first offense weapons sale possession By certain persons stolen gun
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Ryan D Templeton answered on Feb 14, 2020

There is no set bong amount on criminal charges. A magistrate must take into account risk of flight and danger to the community to craft an appropriate bond.

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Q: I agreed to and completed a diversion for domestic charge. When will this be finalized with the court?
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Ryan D Templeton answered on Feb 14, 2020

Based on your question I would assume that you are talking about Pretrial intervention (PTI). If that is the case you just need to reach out to the solicitors office and ask them this question to see how long it takes them to process everything once you finisg all requirements. Regardless it should... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: How can I look up a general sessions trial roster from December 2019
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Ryan D Templeton answered on Feb 14, 2020

Every county in South Carolina post the trial docket differently so you would need to either contact the solicitors office, Clerks office, or one of those agencies websites to find the docket.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for South Carolina on
Q: My gf took are kids to ohio and now refuses 5o come home can i call the cops and file kidnapping charges

She is mentally unstable and off her medications

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Ryan D Templeton answered on Feb 4, 2020

You need to contact an attorney as soon as possible to advise you on this issue. Depending on the amount of time she has been gone and the current custody situation the answer could be different.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: In SC what is the punishment for the charge 3466 vehicle/poss conceal,sell,or dispose of stolen vehicle $2000 or less?

1st offense and no major criminal record other than a possession of meth charge in another county about a month prior

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Ryan D Templeton answered on Jan 29, 2020

The maximum punishment is a $1000.00 fine (plus court costs) and/or up to 30 days in jail.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: Is 16-03-600 (d)(1) an misdemeanor
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Ryan D Templeton answered on Jan 26, 2020

It is a misdemeanor but carries up to a fine of $500 and/or 3 years.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for South Carolina on
Q: My dad used to abuse me from 12-19. Now I don’t live there, but he does it to my stepsister. Is there anything I can do?

My stepsister is 16. The abuse was mental and physical. (I’m also in South Carolina)

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Ryan D Templeton answered on Jan 21, 2020

You need to contact law enforcement in that area that they live as soon as possible and filed a report so that they can begin an investigation.

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