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Q: Is there a statue of limitations on financial identity theft in SC?
Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
answered on May 24, 2022

Under South Carolina Law, there are no criminal statutes of limitations.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Immigration Law for South Carolina on
Q: Will I have trouble in the airport?

Me and my friend made a terrible mistake trying to steal from Walmart. They called the police and the police wanted to schedule the court for May 19. We had flight tickets (we are international students) to go home in the next week so they somehow could hold the “court” right there at the... Read more »

Stephen Grooms
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Stephen Grooms
answered on May 3, 2022

It sounds like you may have been issued a citation for shoplifting or petty larceny and plead guilty or no contest. If this is the case then that is a criminal misdemeanor charge, but it can also be classified as a crime of dishonesty. Both could impact your immigration status.

If you were...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Immigration Law for South Carolina on
Q: Will I have trouble in the airport?

Me and my friend made a terrible mistake trying to steal from Walmart. They called the police and the police wanted to schedule the court for May 19. We had flight tickets (we are international students) to go home in the next week so they somehow could hold the “court” right there at the... Read more »

Samuil Buschkin
Samuil Buschkin
answered on May 1, 2022

I suggest you get a South Carolinian criminal defense attorney or a local immigration lawyer who also practices criminal law in order to get this taken care of properly. Often, if not handled, right certain criminal charges will much later present a problem in the immigration context.

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Q: I'm trying to get my son a mental evaluation and possible commital, he's 19 and currently in jail
Richard W. Noel
Richard W. Noel
answered on Feb 11, 2022

I can't speak to your jurisdiction, but in mine, the attorney generally has to bring these issues up in court to have them order a mental evaluation by doctors. Even then, the attorney has to believe the Defendant won't be able to help participate in his own defense. Otherwise the jails... Read more »

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Q: Can a person be taken to trial for armed robbery, if the monies was returned before the trial..
Richard W. Noel
Richard W. Noel
answered on Feb 6, 2022

Of course. Returning the money doesn't undue the crime of robbery. It might help at sentencing though if your attorney can use it to demonstrate remorse.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Antitrust and Civil Rights for South Carolina on
Q: Is it against the law for a officer who wasn't at the incident on scene to write a false statement as if he was there?

The officer who wrote the incident report in my case wrote it out like he was there the whole time, which isn't true.

Also the inital thing I was being pulled over for was damage to personal property. i was charged with traffecking meth, possession of weed and ecstacy. Although I... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jan 17, 2022

Officer cannot write false statements. On the other hand this is personal to you and I would suggest that you have someone else, perhaps a lawyer you might hire, review the reports and see if his review reaches a conclusion which is the same as yours.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law, Family Law and Personal Injury for South Carolina on
Q: I've been trying to get through the accusations of taking a firearm or stealing from a member of the family....

At the time of question I was at my father's residence for a period of maybe 4-6 days continuously due to personal relationship issues and differences. My dad's cousin came over daily and intoxicated heavily. He left residence and later on accused me of stealing his gun after he had left... Read more »

Roy Willey
Roy Willey
answered on Jan 1, 2022

It is unclear what type of help you are looking for here based on the topics selected. However, one option that you might consider is filing a police report if you are being followed, harassed, or repeatedly contacted after asking for it to stop. No one should have their mental health damaged... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: in south Carolina in 2011 plead guilty to a 44-53-0420 CDR code 0027. i was thinking in 2011 this was a misdemeanor ?

years ago i asked a lawyer and he also told me it was a misdemeanor. can you verifly in 2011 did i plead guilty to a misdemeanor or a felony >

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton
answered on Dec 11, 2021

In order to answer this question I would need more information. That particular code section has two different sections. Under the (A) section, depending on the underlying charge that you were convicted of conspiring to commit that could be a felony but the penalty would be one half of the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Criminal Law and Child Custody for South Carolina on
Q: What is the best type of attorney for a DSS/CPS case? Family law seems too broad...

I need an affordable attorney that has experience dealing with and winning cases with DSS involvement. I need to know exactly what my rights and options are.

Megan Hunt Dell
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Megan Hunt Dell
answered on Dec 2, 2021

You can ask any attorney you consult with about how much experience they have defending DSS cases.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Cannabis & Marijuana Law, Civil Rights and Municipal Law for South Carolina on
Q: Is there a statue of limitations for simple possession in SC?

The cops came to my house on Wed. 11-17 with a search warrant looking to find a large amount of marijuana. They found a roach. My girlfriend said it was hers so they gave her a ticket for simple possession. They then told me I had to go to the police department Mon. 11-21 because they wanted to... Read more »

Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
answered on Nov 21, 2021

Is there a statue of limitations for simple possession in SC?

No. There are no statutes of limitations on criminal offenses in South Carolina.

Can they really come back to the house and arrest me?

Yes. In South Carolina we have two types of possession, constructive and...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: Second offense Pwid less than 3 grams ...what is the sentence in South carolina???
Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
answered on Nov 15, 2021

3 Grams of....

What?

In South Carolina, Drug Crimes are specific to the substance. Without this information we cannot give you an accurate sentencing range.

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... Read 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... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: I placed my guns, 5 of them, in my brother's safe for a bit while I was moving. Now he refuses to give them back.

What are my legal options? I do not have serials numbers, but can get affidavits that they are mine, and I had owned them for about 20 years

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton
answered on Oct 30, 2021

The best avenue to get your guns back is going to be a claim and delivery action in magistrate court (assuming the value is under $7,500.00).

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... Read 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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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for South Carolina on
Q: So I missed my court date for Criminal domestic violence 3rd degree? Is it possible I was tried in my absence?

Is it possible I was found not guilty or nolle prosse. There is an update online that says application for destruction of arrest records

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

Yes, you can be convicted in your absence.

The prosecution only needs to present the victim to the court.

If the victim testifies to the elements necessary to convict you of the offense, you could be convicted.

You would then have only a very limited time to appeal that conviction.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for South Carolina on
Q: When a person "gets in my face" because of road rage, could that be prosecuted as assault or attempted murder,
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Jul 27, 2021

The likely charges would depend on what they did, and those are up to the police & the DA. Possible charges would be disorderly conduct, threatening, others.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: Is it legal to charge an overdose victim w drug poss if the evidence was found as a result of needing med. Help
Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
answered on Jul 25, 2021

Hello,

Yes. If police respond with EMS and discover illicit narcotics or illegal drugs on the person who is receiving emergency medical assistance, or if police are the first responder prior to EMS and discover an individual needing help with evidence of illicit narcotics or illegal drugs,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: Is receiving goods presented as stolen , and receiving stolen goods the same thing, is an indictment required?

A request for preliminary hearing was put in but was denied

Michael Ryan Loignon
Michael Ryan Loignon
answered on Jul 15, 2021

Not exactly. SC Code 16-13-180 addresses both "receiving stolen goods" and "receiving or possessing property represented by law enforcement as stolen". While they fall under the same statute and carry the same penalties, the elements of each offense are a bit different.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: Did a law pass or change where a person can get credit for being on house arrest prior to trial and sentencing?

Can the time on house arrest be credited to their sentencing time?

Stephen Grooms
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Stephen Grooms
answered on Jul 14, 2021

Universal Citation: SC Code § 24-13-40 (2015)

The computation of the time served by prisoners under sentences imposed by the courts of this State must be calculated from the date of the imposition of the sentence. However, when (a) a prisoner shall have given notice of intention to appeal,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: If served 18 months and got 6months time served with good time and work time credit when will release be
Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
answered on Jul 11, 2021

Hello.

Unfortunately, we aren’t able to do anything but estimate your release date with the information you provided. Without knowing your actual conviction offense, so that we know whether or not the offense is a 65% or 85% time served offense, we cannot give you an accurate amount of...
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