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Outcomes of criminal charges vary in South Carolina

Being charged with a crime isn't something that anyone aspires to do. We know that mistakes happen that sometimes lead to criminal charges. No matter what crime a person is being charged with, the effects of a conviction can be life altering. Time in jail might jeopardize a job. Fines can harm a person's financial status. When you think about that, plus the possibility of a ruined reputation and other social consequences, it is easy for you to realize that a firm defense is necessary in these cases.

In the best cases, some defendants might be able to have charges dismissed. That means that they won't face any legal consequences of the charges. Ultimately, that is the goal of almost every criminal defense case.

Drinking and driving can lead to a car accident

Most of our South Carolina readers understand the importance of sober driving. They realize that drinking alcohol and getting behind the wheel can increase the chance of an accident, leading to death in the most serious cases.

According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, roughly 30 people die every day in the United States in a motor vehicle accident involving at least one impaired driver. For this reason, the yearly cost of these accidents reaches nearly $60 billion.

What is the difference between robbery and burglary?

You've probably seen this scene play out on a television show or a movie. A family returns home to find that their house has been broken into and some of their belongings have been stolen. One of the family members says, "We've been robbed!" While most people know what the actor means, it's not exactly legally true.

In South Carolina, there are specific legal differences between robbery and burglary. Here are the definitions of each:

South Carolina pedestrian dies on the scene of a car accident

Last week on the blog, we discussed how important it is to have firm and compassionate representation after a car accident. That fact is very true when you lose a loved one in a car accident that was caused by another driver. Because of the raw emotions and incredible despair that you might feel after losing a loved one in such a manner, you should be able to focus on healing. For the family members of a man who was killed in a car accident recently, that raw emotion and despair are probably constant companions right now.

The man was killed when a van slammed into him as he was walking on the road. WYFF reports that the intersection where the fatality occurred was near the young man's home. The 21-year-old is said to have been wearing dark clothing when he was struck just after 8:30 on Wednesday evening.

What to look for in an auto accident attorney

If you have been involved in an auto accident in South Carolina, there are many steps you can take to put your life back together as soon as possible. An auto accident in which you are uninjured is one that can likely be handled by the insurance companies of those involved.

On the other hand, if you or a loved one was injured due to the negligence of another party, your situation moving forward will be much more complex. There are many reasons for this, including the fact that the insurance company may not want to pay you enough money to cover your injuries and other damages.

Drug crimes involving minors or close proximity to schools

When minors are involved in drug possession crimes, they can be charged with juvenile offenses. In some cases, they may have to face drug charges in adult court. However, did you know that someone who distributes crack cocaine, LSD, a narcotic drug or any other controlled substance to someone under the age of 18 can face additional penalties in court. In addition, distributing a controlled substance within close proximity to a school can result in increased penalties as well. This is why it is imperative to present a strong defense in such cases.

Those who are charged with distribution to persons under 18, which is either a Class A or E felony, will face the following penalties under South Carolina law:

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.

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