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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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,...Read more »
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 »
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,...Read more »
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...Read more »
There are a lot of reasons why this could occur, but, no it definitely does not mean a case is going to trial with no plea deal. One reason a motion to continue is filed could be that the AUSA is about to reindict with a superseding indictment and doesn't want to arraign defendant twice and...Read more »
In South Carolina a conviction as opposed to a pending charge is required to enhance a subsequent offense. Further it takes a minimum of 3 property crime convictions to enhance to a felony level property crime. Once you get to a felony level property crime, it carries up to 10 years in prison....Read more »
First I am not a SC attorney. But generally a case from out of state (by it Georgia, or elsewhere) do NOT bind the South Carolina courts. It can be persuarive authority but the South Carolina courts do not have to follow it.
Yes, the State could reduce armed robbery to strong armed robbery. However, this is usually done as a condition of plea negotiations. We recommend that you speak with this possibility to your attorney.
We hope that this helps you, and wish you the best in your matter.
If you do not show up to court then you can be tried in your absence and found guilty. Even if the alleged victim does not appear, If you are not there to make certain objections to hearsay testimony then you could be convicted. Not showing up for court is rarely a good idea.
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