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0 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: Is an overnight stay in jail required for DUS?

This past Monday I was driving my husband, who had been at the VA and received a narcotic pain medication and could not drive himself, home at 2:30 am. The officer stated I was speeding and that is why he stopped me. I immediately told him I knew my DL was suspended but the only reason I was... View More

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Q: If I pay the bond and not go to court will it stay on my record? And will it limit future opportunities for me?

I was found with 2 fake ids in my car.

Violation number: 56-01-0510

It is not required I go to court and the bond is $440.

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Defense and Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: Can an insurance company deny my wife insurance because of my driving record?

My license is suspended, Nobody wants to insure my wife

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 25, 2024

A South Carolina attorney could advise best, but your question is remains open for four weeks. One option might be to check with the South Carolina Dept of Insurance, as well as entities that oversee consumer rights. Good luck

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Q: I was pulled over and issued violation 44-53-0370. First time ever being stopped. What’s my best course of action
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on May 24, 2023

There are attorneys that specialize in handling traffic defense in every state, you should look for one on Justia or google one in your local area. Don't miss your court date, and be aware that it probably says "on or before" so you could go to the Courthouse to see about your... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: Can I have more than one charge expunged off of my record. One for conviction, non conviction and traffic court

I was convicted of cdv first offense in 2012. In 2022 I was arrested but not convicted of a felony. I went trough pti and had it expunged. In between that time I had a traffic court charge removed. Can I have multiple charges expunged off of my record?

Casey Brown
Casey Brown
answered on Jun 20, 2023

Multiple charges can be expunged depending on the charge(s). A person is allowed to apply for an expungement of their record more than once.

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Q: I received a ticket for illegal window tint on my front windshield in South Carolina. Should I hire a lawyer?

I have taken the tint off. Will they dismiss the case? Should I hire a lawyer or just show up?

Casey Brown
Casey Brown
answered on Jan 6, 2023

Retaining a lawyer can ensure that your rights are protected, the State has enough evidence to proceed with your case, and that the law has been followed. South Carolina does have specific percentages of window tint that are legal.

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: Does this apply to me.

I am a 20yo male I got pulled over and charged with 63-19-2450, I also attend college.

Casey Brown
Casey Brown
answered on Jan 6, 2023

A small exception does exist in the statute you cited so the answer would depend on the specific facts and circumstances. I would advise you to have an attorney guide you through the legal process to protect your rights and resolve the matter.

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Q: If the officer who gave me a traffic ticket quits before the trial date can they send a different officer to prosecute?

I was pulled for rolling through a stop sign. The officer has quit.

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Sep 9, 2022

The State/prosecution must prove its case with competent evidence ---in this case, it must prove via testimony that you are the one who committed a traffic infraction. Unless the different officer can testify to this, then the different officer does not provide any help. That said, the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: How long can the police hold a fire arm that was confiscated out my vehicle

I got pulled over and was charged with the DUI a few months ago and I allowed the officer to search my vehicle and I told him where my firearm was they took it and the next day when I was released from the jail they didn't give it back how long are they allowed to keep it before I can have it back

James Thomas
James Thomas
answered on Sep 3, 2022

If the firearm is evidence in the case for some reason (it doesn't sound like it, but for example, someone might also be charged with unlawful carry in addition to DUI), then they'll hang on to it for at least as long as the case stays pending in court. But if not, then they should be... View More

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Q: Hello, I was recently pulled over and charged with dus 3rd offense. My ticket says $2000, but I thought max was $1,000?
James Thomas
James Thomas
answered on Sep 3, 2022

The max fine is $1000, but court costs and surcharges often double the amount of the fine. And be careful, because for a third offense jail time is definitely a possibility too.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Admiralty / Maritime and Municipal Law for South Carolina on
Q: Every charge is assigned a dollar amount for bond, how do I find out what assigned amount is for legal cases
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 25, 2022

Admiralty/Maritime is included here, but a maritime connection is not clear, unless you mean a bond in connection with a proceeding for a ship or boat involving exoneration or limitation of liability. If this does not involve a vessel, it could be something closer to the criminal law section than... View More

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Q: What are fines and penalties for 56-5-2120 in South Carolina?
Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton
answered on Feb 13, 2022

For most traffic offenses if the penalty is not provided for in that particular section you go to the general penalty section of Title 65 Chapter 5 which provides a $100 fine or up to 30 days in jail. This is the fine prior to assessments and court costs. I have attached the general penalty statute... View More

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Q: Speeding ticket 21mph over on I-95 near Manning SC

Hi. I have a question and hopefully someone can help me with good answers. I got speeding ticket in SC ( 21 mph over on I-95 with my car) and that was on December 7. December 8 I called attorney in SC because i am from NYC an attorney said we will put ticket on jury trial. My first court was on... View More

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton
answered on Jan 15, 2022

Depending on the municipality or county where the ticket was written it could be many months before you get a new court date now that your case has been moved to the Jury trial docket.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: Why am I receiving a court summons for a ticket I've already paid?

I got a ticket in June 2021 for driving "10mph or less", paid the fine, but am now receiving a court summons for Dec 2021 for this same offense. I don't understand the timing, nor the reasoning for such an escalation in action. Since the incident, I have taken a defensive driving... View More

Stephen Grooms
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Stephen Grooms
answered on Nov 15, 2021

If you received a ticket and paid the fine then generally you are not required to attend Court. When you pay the requested fine then you are essentially pleading guilty to the offense. I would contact the Clerk of Court for the court in which you received the notice and find out the status of your... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: Should this still be on my record as a misdemeanor?

I went to apply for an apartment recently and was denied due to a misdemeanor on my background check. This came as a shock to me. They informed me that it was "carless operation," and then I remembered. In the beginning of 2018 I accidentally ran a red light in a town that I had never... View More

Stephen Grooms
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Stephen Grooms
answered on Oct 18, 2021

When you pay a fine that is essentially pleading no contest, which has the same result as a guilty plea for purposes of your driving and criminal record. So unfortunately the answer is yes, this traffic citation should have been on your driving record.

The expungement process generally...
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Q: I had Court at 9 and overslept for traffic court how long do i have To pay my fine before a bench warrant is issued
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on Sep 22, 2021

Usually until 10:30. You should go to court as soon as possible to make an appearance on the ticket and ask for the warrant to be recalled.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: What is the fine for 1st offense Section 56-3-1360 traffic violation

Only 2nd traffic violation, 1st being a speeding ticket

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton
answered on Sep 13, 2021

That statute does not provide for a penalty so you have to go to:

SECTION 56-3-2520. Penalties.

It is a misdemeanor for any person to violate any of the provisions of this chapter unless such violation is by this chapter or other law of this State declared to be a felony. Unless...
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Q: Can the law legally hold my truck and impound when it wasn't part of my charges or fines for being arrested

What I was trying to say and not so many words is I got charged with the drugs but there's no charge or fines or tickets if anything to do with the truck how can they hold it

Peter David Brown
Peter David Brown
answered on Sep 2, 2021

IF the arresting agency alleges that the vehicle was used in the futherance of the "criminal enterprise" they can seize it.

(for example: you were stopped with the drugs in the vehicle)

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: How come none of the attorneys answer any questions? This is ridiculous!
Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
answered on May 11, 2021

Well, South Carolina lawyers are unlikely to answer the questions of a Sanford, Florida questioner because we are not bar licensed in Florida.

We wish you well with your Florida legal matter.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: The log in to pay ticket fine on website listed on ticket, no information of my son nor the ticket number is showing up

Officer lowered ticket to 10 mph or less. Ticket states court date time and address however Area of ticket for officer to mark “appear in court? Y or N?” Officer left blank. And we cannot find any information on the back of the ticket as to whether or not this is a mandatory court date.... View More

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton
answered on Apr 6, 2021

If he is only charged with speeding he can just pay the ticket and not show up for court. At that time the "bond" (what he paid) with be forfeited and the case will be over. That being said, depending on what state he has his license in the points for the ticket can transfer back and show... View More

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