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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: My friend was recently pulled over, and drugs were found on him. Is it my right to ask to see the video of the traffstop
Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis answered on Jul 31, 2020

It depends.

Is it your right to be provided the video as part of the case? No. Discovery of all evidence the State has in its possession is the right of the Defendant and his counselor/attorney.

Is it your right under the Freedom of Information Act? Maybe, but probably not. Active...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for South Carolina on
Q: If a person is being charged with attempted murder at a bail hearing are they supposed to give them the lowest bond

Because they give this man that know the police was looking for him and left the state to NC and got caught and picked up coming back into sc then they let his parent speak in court and not ours then the judge gave the man the lowest bond and a bracelet to be monitored to a nc home . There was no... Read more »

Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis answered on Jul 13, 2020

Hello,

What you have described does sound appropriate to a SC Bond Hearing.

In all bond courts the Constitution requires a bond to be given to a defendant. Bond may only be denied, and that denial reviewed by a Circuit Judge, if a defendant presents an unreasonable and continuing...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Libel & Slander for South Carolina on
Q: I'm in spartanburg county need attorney advise for slander on false police report
Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis answered on Jul 10, 2020

I'm afraid I don't understand your question.

Slander is a civil matter in which someone defames you by verbal statement to others, knowing that the information that they have provided about you is wrong, with the intent to cause you harm.

A false police report is a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for South Carolina on
Q: If I am arrested for a crime a make bail and a person breaks into my house steals my car and vandalizes another car

Person breaks into my house and steals my belongings steals my car vandalizes my other car and physically assaults my girlfriend can I have him arrested

Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis answered on Jul 8, 2020

Yes, absolutely. Your pending charges have nothing to do with you being the victim of a crime.

You should immediately contact the police agency in the jurisdiction in which your home is located. They will begin the criminal investigation process, and take the next steps from there.

Best.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: Can non violent convicted felons in the state of South Carolina get there guns rights back?

I am a convicted felon with multiple felonies all are non-violent. I have no violent charges on my record. My charges are 13 years old and I'm looking to get my gun rights reinstated if possible In my state. Please help me with this.

Thanks for your time and consideration.

Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis answered on Jul 8, 2020

Hello,

No, as a felon you may not own, possess, hold, handle, or fire a firearm. The issue is not whether the felony is violent or non-violent, as the vast majority of felonies are non-violent. This issue is the felony conviction at all. The only way to restore your firearms rights as a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: Can I be naked in a hot tub in my own backyard in SC if there is a possibility that I could be seen by neighbors?
Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis answered on Jul 6, 2020

Hello.

If your neighbors can see you nude, they can file a police complaint for Indecent Exposure. This charge is a misdemeanor, with potential penalties if one is convicted that can include fines and/or imprisonment. The length of imprisonment will vary per case, but the maximum sentence...
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