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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: How long can one county hold someone they picked up for a misdemeanor warrant in another county?

Police came to my house and looking for my husband and arrested him with a property damage warrant from the county 2 1/2 hours away. How long does the other county have to pick him up until he has to be released?

Also, will he be released with a fine when he sees the judge when he gets to... Read more »

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton
answered on Mar 2, 2021

In normal circumstances he cannot be held for more than 24 hours before being picked up or a bond being set. That is assuming that this is the first time that he is being arrested and this is not an arrest on a bench warrant.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for South Carolina on
Q: Hello I am charged with DV2nd and I have a criminal record felony and around 2000 I was charged with CDV

My wife was also charged with DV2nd and she has got a plea deal in the mail my solicitor wont even tall to me we both my wife and I signed a document stating we wanted to drop the charges but my solicitor want even talk to me I am worried I really sont have the money for a attorney

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton
answered on Feb 28, 2021

Most attorneys that do criminal work give free consultation. It would be good to go speak to an attorney in your area about your situation. If you cannot afford an attorney the public defender may also be an option for you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: Hello. At the age of 7 or 8 I put my breast in a little boy’s mouth. I was not aware it was wrong at the time.

I think i saw someone breast feeding and I tried to do the same. I believe he was about 3 or 4. Can I face legal trouble? I was simply a child and didn’t know.

Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
answered on Feb 3, 2021

Hello,

No. You were too young to appreciate right from wrong, and children at that age are generally not prosecutable.

There are two components to a crime: a wrongful act, and a wrongful desire to complete the act. The State must prove both. With minors, there is an additional...
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1 Answer | Asked in Agricultural Law, Civil Rights and Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: How can my son who is Native American obtain a Native American attorney? Criminal Law & Civil Rights.
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 31, 2021

I'm sorry your question went unanswered for three weeks. If your son is still looking for an attorney, you could go to the Find-a-Lawyer tab above - there is a section "Native American Law." You could also run your own independent searches online, or you could visit the website of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: My husband was sentenced to 7 years for 2 counts Trafficking 10-28g Meth 1st offense. Will he be eligible for parole??
Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
answered on Jan 25, 2021

Hello, thank you for the chance to answer your question.

Trafficking is a violent crime under SC Law. Under our sentencing scheme, your husband is eligible for parole after he serves 85% of his sentence. Based upon what you have stated here, he would be eligible for parole after 5 years...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Domestic Violence for South Carolina on
Q: My mom owns her house and wants her boyfriend to move out because he has been drugging/stealing from her.

How do we go about this legally and without him hurting her? She's scared when she tells him to leave that he's going to get angry and try to hurt her. The last time she called the police on him, he told the police they were married and made it seem like she had mental issues, which she... Read more »

Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
answered on Jan 25, 2021

Hello.

We are sorry to hear about these problems that your mother is having. No one should ever feel unsafe in their home.

The first thing that you should do is go down to your County Family Court, and speak to the Clerk of Court there. Tell them that you need an emergency...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: In S.C. how long does assault and battery 3rd degree Carry
Stephen Grooms
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Stephen Grooms
answered on Jan 8, 2021

(E)(1) A person commits the offense of assault and battery in the third degree if the person unlawfully injures another person, or offers or attempts to injure another person with the present ability to do so.

(2) A person who violates this subsection is guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: How can I resolve an arrest warrant for myself 2 with gettin locked up

Assult charge warrant

James F. Stanley
James F. Stanley
answered on Dec 17, 2020

When you find out you have an outstanding arrest warrant for yourself, the first thing to do is find out the specific terms of the warrant. Is a bond set with the warrant? If so, how much is the bond and what are the terms of the bond. If you can post the bond, you can avoid going to jail.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: Got caught shoplifting less than $50 of merchandise at Walmart. What to do and what can happen? I didn’t sign any papers

Police were called and I did receive a summons to get a court date. No prior record.

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton
answered on Nov 30, 2020

It’s always a god idea when you have be charged with a crime to contact a criminal defense attorney in the area where you were charged. That lawyer is going to be in the best position to work out a deal with the prosecutor, get you into a diversion program, or take your case to a jury if needed.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Personal Injury and Real Estate Law for South Carolina on
Q: Can a person with a restricted licence drive a car while a license driver in passager seat?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Nov 22, 2020

A South Carolina attorney could answer best, but your post remains open for a week. As a GENERAL matter in ANY jurisdiction, it could depend on the restriction. Nationwide, Departments of Motor Vehicles enforce different classes of restrictions, covering things such as hearing aids, shoulder... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: How long does it take to see a judge after you get an attorney?

I retained an attorney for criminal charges. The prosecutor refused to lift the bench warrant. My attorney said he filed and are waiting for the prosecutor to send over all the case files. How long does this process usually take?

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton
answered on Nov 22, 2020

Rule 5 of the South Carolina Rule of Criminal Procedure require that the state turn over everything that is discoverable within 30 days of request.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: What does x3 mean on a shoplifting charge? Also listed is hold for department of public safety awaiting warrant?
Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton
answered on Nov 22, 2020

It can mean a few different things but most likely it means that the person is being charged with a shoplifting under the South Carolina property crime enhancement statute which make a normal misdemeanor shoplifting turn into a 10 year felony. This occurs when a person has three of more property... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: If the police targeted someone that was currently on house arrest to buy drugs from their informant is that entrapment
Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton
answered on Nov 22, 2020

In order to assert the defense of entrapment in SC, you would have to show two things:

1) A government actor induced you to commit a crime; and

2) The lack of a predisposition to commit such a crime.

Therefore, based on the limited set of facts that you present in your...
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Q: I live in Charleston sc an was pulled over over with catalytic converters in my truck an they took them with my permit

They didn't arrest anyone or nothing an investigation came out an kept me an the passenger there for hours before finally letting us go an taking the property that we had an could prove we took them off junk vehicles that was owned by the passenger of my truck is this ok for them to do

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Nov 16, 2020

A South Carolina attorney could answer your question best, but it remains open for four weeks. As a general matter, catalytic converters attract bad attention due to their theft for the precious metals they contain. Although your transport of the converters was legitimate as metals recycler,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: Do I need a lawyer with me?

I was fired for theft. This is my first offense. I wasn't arrested, but I was told by an officer that they would call me and turn myself in. He told me I would likely not see jail time, and the judge would offer me different options for repayment of my new debt to my former company. I really... Read more »

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton
answered on Nov 12, 2020

If you are turning yourself in to law enforcement you should always have an attorney with you. Only an attorney is in the best position to work out the details of any agreement with the state. Just remember that any admission or promise to repay could be used against you down to road. At the very... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: How long can they hold you without serving you a warrant?

My boyfriend was arrested 3 days ago. He was arrested at a traffic stop for a bench warrant he had for a prior drug possession charge that he skipped court for a year ago. Every time I call to see if he will be up for bail hearing they say he is still on hold. They said the arresting officer has... Read more »

Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
answered on Nov 5, 2020

Hello.

A bench warrant is not like a regular warrant. Your boyfriend will be held until he is brought before a judge, and the judge vacates (removes) the bench warrant. In order for the court to do that, and to assure that the court is going to want to know that your boyfriend has been...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: I was caught and got two tickets one for 1) Fake Id and 2) Possession of Alc. in public. How should I go about this.

I am looking for a lawyer right now but I am interested if there is anything I can do prior to court to give me the best chance of getting both charges off my record in the near future. I am in college and have court on 11/18 and leave to go home to Pennsylvania 11/24. I am scared that because I... Read more »

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton
answered on Oct 19, 2020

It is always a good idea in a situation like this to reach out to an attorney near you. Many Solicitor’s offices around the state will allow you to complete a diversionary program while out of state.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for South Carolina on
Q: Hi I was charged back in 2018 with unlawful child neglect. I was sentenced to 9 months of probation.

My probation ends 10-13-2020. All fees and court cost have been paid. I wanted to inquire about expungement or having my record sealed. Is it possible and if so what are the steps I need to take

Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
answered on Oct 11, 2020

Hello,

This offense is not eligible for expungement. Unlawful Neglect of a Child under the South Carolina’s Children’s Code is an offense that can result in a prison term of up to 10 years and/or fines decided at the court’s discretion.

For a conviction to be eligible for...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for South Carolina on
Q: A person i was staying with has stolen 9 of my exotic birds. police wont help say it is civil. civil court is back loged

she is deliberating hidding them, i am afraid i will never see them again. please help

Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
answered on Oct 11, 2020

How did the woman come to obtain the birds?

Without knowing this, specifically whether you entrusted her with the birds and she refused to return them, whether she broke in to somewhere and took them without your permission or knowledge, etc., it’s impossible to examine whether there is a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for South Carolina on
Q: Would misdemeanor assault and battery 2nd degree be considered a crime of violent under SC Code 16-1-60?
Stephen Grooms
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Stephen Grooms
answered on Sep 1, 2020

No, it is not a crime of violence per 16-1-60. It is considered a non violent crime, and while it is classified as a misdemeanor it carries up to 3 years in prison. So any conviction, regardless of the imposes sentence could impact your federal rights to own and possess a firearm.

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