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Criminal defense for out-of-state drivers

When an out-of-state driver is ticketed in South Carolina, he or she can face the risk of stiff penalties – especially if the driver has a commercial driver's licenses. Those with commercial driver's licenses could have their driving privileges revoked. They could also face rising insurance costs.

While most ticketed out of-state drivers will simply pay the fines associated with their tickets, others may wish to hire an experienced attorney who deals with traffic ticket defense. The Lord Law Firm specializes in the area criminal defense relating to traffic violations. We can help you try to avoid some of the stiffer penalties associated with getting a serious traffic ticket in South Carolina.

What are some differences in juvenile cases in South Carolina?

In South Carolina, any minors who have been charged with crimes should definitely know the differences between juvenile cases and adult criminal cases. In many ways, these proceed in the same fashion, but there are absolutely some key differences to note. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

For one thing, the main goal of the adult justice system is simply to provide sentences that fit the crime. While the juvenile system also does this, there is a sense that the underlying goal is not just to punish the person but to help with rehabilitation. This focus exists because of the way that young people are still learning and developing.

The consequences of an underage drinking and driving conviction

If a South Carolina resident or tourist visiting our state who is under the age of 21 is caught drinking by authorities, he or she could be charged with a crime. If the individual also happens to be driving, the penalties for underage drinking and driving are even more severe. Indeed, the laws and punishments associated with underage DUI in this state are more stringent than those that apply to adults 21 and up.

An underage drinking and driving conviction could result in a lot of negative consequences. For example, a parent's son or daughter could lose eligibility for financial aid in college. Future job opportunities could also be jeopardized as a result of such a conviction.

Common strategies employed by drunk driving defense attorneys

Just because a South Carolina driver has been accused of drunk driving does not mean that he or she will be convicted or punished for the alleged crime. Indeed, a variety of drunk driving defenses might be applicable to an individual's case, which -- if used successfully in court -- could help the individual get his or her charges dropped or dismissed.

One common defense that is used by those accused of drunk driving is that of "necessity." The necessity defense seeks to prove that the allegedly inebriated person had no choice but to drive while intoxicated. For example, it may have been necessary to operate a vehicle in order to transport a sick person to the hospital. In this defense, it must be shown that the dangers associated with driving drunk were a great deal less serious than what would have happened otherwise.

South Carolina man arrested on drug crime charges

A South Carolina man from Fort Mill was recently taken into custody by Rock Hill police officers. The 23-year-old man was arrested on multiple drug charges after he was pulled over for allegedly failing to use his turn signal.

Police say that they pulled the man over and asked him to produce his driver's license. Upon reviewing the identification, authorities say they discovered it was suspended. Police claim that they later found a clear plastic baggie filled with approximately 11.7 grams of marijuana. They also say they found hydrocodone pills and a digital scale -- all of these items were allegedly found in the man's vehicle.

20-year-old man charged in fatal South Carolina DUI crash

Authorities are investigating a fatal car crash that took the life of a 17-year-old girl. Police say that the young woman died after a 20-year-old driver in a Chevy Equinox crashed into a Jeep Compass along River Road on Johns Island. The incident occurred at approximately 12:30 p.m. on a recent Saturday.

The 20-year-old male driver was also injured in the collision and required hospital treatment at the Medical University of South Carolina. The young woman who lost her life was driving the Jeep Compass. Unfortunately, her injuries were so severe that emergency responders were unable to save her, and she was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

South Carolina drug crimes: 2 women arrested in meth house bust

Two Orangeburg County residents have been taken into custody after sheriff's officers busted an alleged meth house. Authorities say that an additional suspect, who is still at large, left her 2-year-old baby in the meth house in the care of one of the arrested individuals.

Sheriff's officers took the suspects into custody on a recent Thursday after receiving a complaint about the Orangeburg County home. Authorities later searched the residence and say they discovered methamphetamine on site. A 41-year-old woman and a 29-year-old woman were arrested. The 41-year-old was charged with methamphetamine possession. The 29-year-old was taken into custody due to an outstanding warrant. As of last reports, both individuals were being held on bond of $20,000.

Police arrest woman toting bottle of urine for drug crimes

Police have arrested a South Carolina woman after they allegedly caught her with a bottle of urine containing trace amounts of methamphetamine. Police claim that they found the 33-year-old woman with a male acquaintance loitering outside a vacant home.

Allegedly, the woman consented to allow police to look inside her purse, when officers say that they found drug paraphernalia. Police also say that they found a pill bottle containing urine inside the woman's purse. Authorities say that the woman told them the pill bottle belonged to her daughter; however, the urine was hers.

South Carolina woman arrested for DUI with kids in car

Chester County, South Carolina, sheriff's deputies say they arrested a woman on DUI charges. Allegedly, the 34-year-old woman had two children in her car at the time of the arrest. The incident occurred on a recent Thursday, and the woman was charged with several crimes including open container violation, child endangerment, DUI and driving without a valid license.

According to deputies, the arrest took place not long after midnight while they were performing a safety checkpoint. The woman stopped her car as she was asked, but she encountered difficulty while trying to lower her window. Officers say that they detected the odor of alcohol emanating from her car, her eyes appeared glossy, and she was slurring her speech. Two children were also in the car, officers say.

South Carolina woman accused of DUI, injuring two officers

A South Carolina woman faces DUI charges after being involved in a car accident that injured two North Myrtle Beach police officers. According to police, just before she hit the officers, the 34-year-old driver ran a red light. The arrest report also states that the woman collided with another car in the crash.

According to authorities, after the second car was struck, it collided with a police cruiser, which caused injury to a police officer's leg. The first car then reportedly continued forward and hit another officer. The impact, according to police, caused the second officer to fly approximately 15 feet onto a nearby sidewalk. The car continued moving forward and reportedly rolled over the officer's legs.

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