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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for South Carolina on
Q: I canceled a home warranty because it was shady. And they will not refund half my money unless I take down my review.

Isn't this extortion?

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answered on Feb 13, 2024

In South Carolina, the situation you described raises concerns under consumer protection laws. When a company conditions a refund on the removal of a negative review, it could potentially be considered a form of extortion or a violation of your rights under laws designed to protect free speech and... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: If I went to Mexico for how ever long I need would the statues of limitations allow all my charges to be dropped

I live in South Carolina and my charges are trafficking 3rd offense

Casey Brown
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answered on Feb 12, 2024

South Carolina has no statute of limitations for criminal offenses. The only exception to this is deals with charges in another state for the same person but this does not apply here. Therefore, the charges would not drop. The State would seek a bench warrant and the file would be placed on the... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: Are any constitutional rights retained while under house arrest and/or probation?

Is so, which ones and to what extent?

Casey Brown
Casey Brown
answered on Feb 9, 2024

There are many constitutional rights kept by the person who is on house arrest or probation but there are many given up. The details would be too many to go over in this post so it is important to consult an experienced attorney and review documentation the person received when entering a house... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: Can a person get probation for 2nd degree burglary in S.C with 2 petti larceny charges with the burglary charges
Casey Brown
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answered on Feb 9, 2024

It is possible to be sentenced to probation for a guilty plea to burglary 2nd degree. Many factors make a difference as to the probability of receiving this sentence though such as the facts of the case, if it is violent or nonviolent, and the person's record. It is important to consult an... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for South Carolina on
Q: My divorce hearing is 2/23/2024 and my pregnancy due date is 6/15/2024. Can I put my boyfriend on the birth certificate?
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answered on Feb 8, 2024

In South Carolina, if your divorce is not finalized by the time of your child's birth, your husband is presumed to be the legal father of the child due to the marriage. This presumption can complicate putting your boyfriend's name on the birth certificate at the time of birth. However,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for South Carolina on
Q: How can court ordered child support be eliminated without all the hassle of the fees

what are all the cause and effect factors

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answered on Feb 6, 2024

In South Carolina, modifying or eliminating court-ordered child support typically involves demonstrating a significant change in circumstances since the original order was issued. However, completely eliminating child support without any legal or administrative process is highly unlikely, given... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for South Carolina on
Q: My Mother's Will divided assets between my sister and I but my sister died before my mom. What happens to her portion.
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answered on Feb 6, 2024

In South Carolina, if a beneficiary named in a will dies before the testator (the person who made the will), the disposition of the deceased beneficiary's share depends on the specific terms of the will and state law. Typically, wills include provisions for what happens if a beneficiary... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Civil Litigation for South Carolina on
Q: In a courtroom setting w/Jury, what is the proper way to introduce higher court rulings into a trial?

I live in South Carolina, a strict liability state. I was jogging and was attacked and bitten by two dogs. I was injured (not seriously, two puncture wounds in my leg). I filed in small claims court for damages. The Defendant has retained legal counsel. The demanded a jury trial. I am... View More

Carole Jean Hayes
Carole Jean Hayes
answered on Feb 6, 2024

Give the judge the case law before the jury is called in and highlight the applicable parts, and ask him to charge the jury with the highlighted portions. That means he will read those to the jurors when he is telling them about the law which happens after closing statements, and before they... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for South Carolina on
Q: I got in an accident. It was my fault. My insurance lapsed. Vehicle was not insured at the time of accident.Clean record

I have to appear in court coming up for citation of failure to provide insurance. Clean driving record. No accidents, or tickets

Carole Jean Hayes
Carole Jean Hayes
answered on Feb 5, 2024

Just go to court and be very honest with the judge and let him know that you have no tickets and it was an honest mistake. As far as the damages, go to the other person and or their car, they will have to use their uninsurance coverage. This is coverage that is mandatory in our state and it will... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for South Carolina on
Q: What are ways to avoid having to pay tax upon the amount of debt written off or forgiven when you receive a 1099-C?
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answered on Feb 4, 2024

When you receive a Form 1099-C for cancellation of debt, it typically means you need to report this amount as income on your tax return, potentially increasing your tax liability. However, there are several strategies that may help you avoid or minimize the tax impact of forgiven debt.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for South Carolina on
Q: I am an only child and my mother just passed away. She was married. No will. Bank account her name only. Help in SC prob

I haven't even been allowed to go through my mother's belongings. And I'm just needing some legal advice of what I can and can't do. I'm basically just wanting to make sure I get my great grandmother's handmade dishes thats been passed down that my mother told me she... View More

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answered on Feb 2, 2024

In South Carolina, when someone passes away without a will, their assets typically go through the probate process to determine how they should be distributed. As the deceased's only child, you may have rights to inherit a portion of your mother's estate under intestate succession laws,... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Child Custody for South Carolina on
Q: Where can I find an attorney willing to sue SCDSS?

SCDSS filed a custody removal suit against my husband based on an affidavit in which the case worker blatantly lied. Through a recorded phone conversation and phone records, I was able to prove that she lied, and they settled the case out of court. There were no repercussions for the DSS employees,... View More

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answered on Feb 1, 2024

Finding an attorney willing to sue a government agency like the South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS) can be challenging, but it's not impossible. To pursue a case against SCDSS, you should look for experienced attorneys who specialize in civil rights and administrative law.... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Child Custody for South Carolina on
Q: Can someone be charged with custodial interference if there is no court order?

I was charged with custodial interference after refusing to return my child to her mother due to the mother not properly caring for my child. There was no court ordered custody and I signed the birth certificate, so I was under the impression that I had the right to keep my child in my care while... View More

Cheryl Ann Truesdale
Cheryl Ann Truesdale
answered on Feb 1, 2024

In South Carolina, signing a birth certificate provides merely rebuttable evidence that the signer is the biological father of a child born out of wedlock. The putative father's paternity must be established in a family court hearing, before he is legally recognized as the father and before he... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: If a person has been in prison for a very long time but has been in no trouble since release is it likely for thePR bond

Especially if the new warrant is for a very low misdemeanor

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answered on Jan 31, 2024

If a person has been in prison for a long time but has maintained a clean record since their release, this can positively influence their eligibility for a personal recognizance (PR) bond, particularly for a low-level misdemeanor. A PR bond, also known as a personal bond, allows a person to be... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Constitutional Law and Libel & Slander for South Carolina on
Q: How did they sign a warrant for my arrest based of the statement of a witness that was the so called victims best friend

The so called victim was my husband customer who wrote a bad check for 6500 and my husband and him argued at the dock. I never got off the boat but he said I damaged his car?! We didn't even put.in at that marina I wouldn't even have known.what car or truck was his out of the 60... View More

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answered on Jan 30, 2024

I understand your concern and frustration regarding the warrant for your arrest. In situations like this, it's important to know that law enforcement can issue a warrant based on the statement of a witness, even if that witness is the alleged victim's friend. However, the validity of the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for South Carolina on
Q: I am a 1099 subcontractor. I get paid cash. I do not deposit the cash in the bank. Is that ok?

I am asking because my accountant is looking for bank deposits, and I don’t have any.

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answered on Jan 28, 2024

No, being paid cash as a 1099 subcontractor and not depositing that cash into a bank account is generally not advisable or okay from a tax and legal perspective. Here are a few key reasons why:

1. Tax reporting requirements - As a 1099 worker, you are still required to pay taxes on that...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for South Carolina on
Q: The police came without a search warrant I asked to show it ,they couldn't so he looks in my window and saw paraphernali

When he saw my weed pipe and said he gonna shoot my dog I told him I'll shot you,so they charged in tased me cuffed me,jail I went they never said under arrest or read my rights

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answered on Jan 26, 2024

In your situation, it's important to understand that police generally need a warrant to conduct a search, but there are exceptions. One such exception is if an officer sees illegal items in plain view, like a weed pipe, which can justify a search and potentially an arrest without a warrant.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: Can a drug charge be thrown out after a certain amount of time of being pending in general sessions Court in SC

I've had a drug charge pending in general sessions Court for almost 2 years now and I was wondering if they was an amount of time that I could get it thrown out

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answered on Jan 26, 2024

The ability to have a criminal charge dismissed after a certain period depends on several factors, including the specific circumstances of the case and the laws of the jurisdiction.

In South Carolina, there is no automatic time limit after which a drug charge is automatically dismissed....
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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for South Carolina on
Q: I inherited my Dad's home when he passed away in 2002. His spouse was given a "Life Estate," with no Life Estate Deed.

I was notified in 2023 that his spouse had deceased. I sold the house in 2023. Do I have to pay capital gains from the fair value of the house in 2002 when my Dad died or when I was able to sell the house last year after his spouse with the Life estate passed?

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answered on Jan 26, 2024

In the United States, the basis for calculating capital gains on inherited property is typically the fair market value of the property at the time of the original owner's death. In your case, this would be the value of the home in 2002 when your father passed away. This is known as the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Contracts for South Carolina on
Q: If given a phone by an individual that passes away before credit balance was paid in full, what happens to the phone?

The credit card is only in the name of the deceased.

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answered on Jan 25, 2024

In the situation you've described, where a phone was given to you by someone who has since passed away, and the phone's credit balance is unpaid, there are a few considerations under South Carolina law. First, the responsibility for the unpaid balance typically falls to the estate of the... View More

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