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What are the sentencing guidelines in South Carolina?

When a person in South Carolina is charged with criminal charges, they enter the criminal justice system. While moving through the system is sometimes a cut-and-dry process, there are some instances in which it might be a little more complex. For people who are facing charges, understanding what levels of criminal charges mean might help to make the process a little less nerve-wracking.

What types of criminal charges are there in South Carolina?

Man wanted for attempted murder found at Myrtle Beach motel

A bail of more than $287,000 has been set for a Myrtle Beach man charged with multiple felonies, including attempted murder. The 35-year-old was arrested by Myrtle Beach police in a South Ocean Boulevard motel room in the city. A subsequent search of the man's motel room reportedly yielded heroin packaged in 32 wax-paper baggies.

The attempted murder charge and others were from an incident that allegedly occurred in November 2013. Police reports indicate that the man allegedly pistol-whipped the mother of his child several times, told her he would kill her and pointed the weapon at her head. She was reportedly able to get up from the bed but the man allegedly shot at her and missed. During the attack, the couple's child was allegedly in the living room.

The ways an auto accident lawyer can help

None of our South Carolina readers want to be involved in an auto accident; however, bad things can happen while you are on the road. This holds true even if you are obeying all laws and driving in a cautious manner.

If you are involved in an auto accident in which you are injured, it is important that you receive the appropriate medical care without delay. There is nothing more important than your health, and you must make sure you are taking all the necessary steps to ensuring a healthy future.

Crimes that are considered violent crimes in South Carolina

To keep track of crime statistics, trends and other such things, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) uses a program that is known as the Uniform Crime Reporting Program, or the UCR. One of the things that is done within this program is the breaking down of various crimes into different categories. Anyone who looks at the stats that the FBI has kept will see that there are four basic crimes that they look at as basic violent crimes.

The first of these offenses is nonnegligent manslaughter, and murder is also lumped into this category. The second offense that is noted is forcible rape. After that, there is the crime of robbery, and the final crime that is noted is for aggravated assault.

Should you give permission for police to search your vehicle?

Imagine you are stopped for speeding. After the officer returns your driver's license and possibly gives you a ticket, he or she asks to search your vehicle. Do you know what your rights are?

In this situation, you have the right to tell the officer no -- even if you have nothing to hide in your vehicle. Why should you do this? Here are five reasons why you should not give police permission to search your vehicle.

What to do in the event of a fatal accident

It does not matter if you are one of our South Carolina readers or live in another part of the country, every time you leave your home, either in a vehicle or as a pedestrian, there is a chance that you could be involved in an accident. The same holds true for loved ones, including family and friends.

In the event that a family member is involved in a fatal accident, there are steps you can take to improve your mental state during the grieving process.

South Carolina man killed in head-on crash

A 29-year-old Bluffton, South Carolina, man was fatally struck at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16 by a wrong-way driver, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. A young child riding with him in his vehicle was injured.

The crash occurred on S.C. 170 near the Bluffton Parkway intersection. The victim was driving eastbound when he was hit by a vehicle driving westbound in his lane, according to authorities. Even though he was wearing a seat belt, he was declared dead at the accident scene shortly after midnight.

Drunk driving stats show why injuries, deaths occur

A car accident can happen for a number of reasons, with drunk driving being one of the most common causes. Drunk driving accidents occur in every state throughout the country, including South Carolina. There are many statistics that show how serious drunk driving is, as well as why this problem continues to plague the entire country.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving has compiled a variety of statistics related to drinking and driving, many of which show the risks associated with this activity:

Former South Carolina state representative facing federal charges

There are dozens of jokes about politicians, but the following case is certainly no laughing matter. Thad Viers, who served in the South Carolina House of Representatives for nine years, has been indicted on more than a dozen federal charges, all related to allegedly helping a man hide assets from an insurance company in 2011.

This isn't the first time that the former lawmaker has been in trouble with the law. In 2012, he was arrested on charges of harassment, which led to him dropping out of the election race for the U.S. House.

DUI convictions can be hard to get in South Carolina, report says

A recent report came out claiming that it is actually quite difficult for the police officers in South Carolina to get any convictions for those who have been accused of driving under the influence. Anyone who has been accused and who is facing drunk driving charges needs to know how the local laws work, especially if they plan to fight the charges.

To back up this claim, the report told the story of a woman in Charleston who may have been driving while intoxicated. Apparently, she drove up in front of a hotel, near the valet area, but she did not want the valet to take her car. She told the workers that she wanted to buy ice cream.

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