Rock Hill, SC asked in Communications Law and Criminal Law for South Carolina

Q: How does an unlawful communication case go down in court? What are the penalties? Is jail time a likely outcome?

Someone i know allegedly sent someone one text six months ago that was about a sentence long, and used a profane word. He was pulled over for a traffic violation and was sent to the city for a warrant for unlawful communication. He is worried that he will be sent to jail over one text message from six months ago.

1 Lawyer Answer
James Thomas
James Thomas
  • Spartanburg, SC
  • Licensed in South Carolina

A: The possible penalties for a violation of South Carolina's unlawful communication statute (SC Code 16-17-430) are a fine between $100 and $500 or a jail sentence of up to 30 days. So a jail sentence does not have to be imposed upon a conviction, but it would be wise to retain an attorney to defend against the charge.

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