Blog Posts in 2013

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What Happens If I Fail to Appear for Jury Duty in South Carolina?

In the state of South Carolina, you may be summoned for jury duty as often as every two years—as long as you are at least eighteen years old and you are a licensed driver and/or registered ...
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James R. Snell Receives 10/10 Superb Rating from Avvo

The Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC is pleased to announce that one of our Lexington criminal defense lawyers, James R. Snell, was recently honored with a 10/10 "Superb" rating from ...
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Breaking Down the Walk and Turn

The walk and turn test is one of three standardized field sobriety tests police officers in South Carolina are trained in as part of a program devised by the National Highway Traffic and Safety ...
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Should You Take a Polygraph After an Arrest?

Frequently in criminal investigations, law enforcement may ask a suspect to submit to a polygraph. Polygraph is just another term for a lie detector test. The three most common types of crimes that ...
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The Criminal & Civil Penalties for Trespassing in South Carolina

According to South Carolina Code §16-11-620, you could be charged with a misdemeanor offense if you were caught trespassing on someone else's property. Under the law, this means that you have ...
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Will My License Be Suspended for SPMJ in South Carolina?

If you have been arrested for simple possession of marijuana (SPMJ) in South Carolina, you may be wondering what legal penalties you are up against. While a conviction will typically result in a mark ...
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What Is the Difference Between DUI and DUAC?

In the state of South Carolina, it is illegal to drive while impaired by the effects of alcohol or drugs. While the official legal limit is upheld at.08%, you could still be arrested and charged with ...
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Should I Accept a Plea Bargain After a DUI Arrest?

If you were recently arrested for drunk driving in South Carolina, you may be wondering what steps you can take to maximize your chances of a successful outcome. While accepting a plea bargain is one ...
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Expungeable Offenses in South Carolina

When an individual wishes to get his or her criminal record cleared of all arrests and convictions, or sealed so that others cannot view past indiscretions, he or she may be able to do so through the ...
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South Carolina Law on CDV 3rd Offense

The state of South Carolina has very strict laws related to criminal domestic violence (CDV) . Any individual who intentionally causes, threatens to cause or attempts to cause physical harm or abuse, ...
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CDV Second Offense Defenses in South Carolina

Criminal domestic violence (CDV) cases are addressed differently than other types of criminal cases in the state of South Carolina. The best hope you have of defending yourself against charges is to ...
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CDV First Offense Defenses in South Carolina

Criminal domestic violence (CDV) has become more and more prevalent in Lexington and throughout the state of South Carolina. In an effort to reduce the instances of domestic abuse, local law ...
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Marijuana Remains a Criminal Offense in South Carolina

Lately our office has received several requests regarding the current status of South Carolina's marijuana laws. Although some states have updated their laws to allow possession of small amounts ...
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Prostitution, Solicitation & Entrapment in South Carolina

Like almost every other state in the U.S., South Carolina upholds strict laws against prostitution and solicitation—making it a crime to either offer sexual favors for money or offer money for ...
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Penalties for Driving Under Suspension in Lexington, SC

In the state of South Carolina, your driver's license could be suspended for a number of different reasons. These include accumulating 12 or more points on your driving record, driving without ...
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Leaving the Scene of an Accident in South Carolina

As you may know, you not only have a moral, but legal responsibility to stop and render aid when you have been involved in a traffic accident. Whether the accident resulted in serious injury to the ...
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Understanding the Habitual Offender Laws in South Carolina

If you have received notice that you have been classified as a habitual offender in South Carolina, it is imperative that you discuss your case with a Lexington criminal lawyer from the Law Office of ...
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Domestic Violence Charges & No Contact Orders

We frequently have represented clients who have been living with boyfriends\girlfriends, but own their own home and are entirely responsible for the mortgage, taxes, insurance, maintenance, etc. After ...
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Doesn't a Scheduled DUI Checkpoint Violate My Rights?

Although law enforcement agencies throughout the United States have utilized sobriety checkpoints for a number of years, many believe that this method of catching drunk drivers has authorized a ...
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Can I Go to Jail for Marijuana Possession in South Carolina?

Under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), marijuana is classified as a Schedule I substance. This means that it is considered to have a high potential for abuse and a lack of accepted medical use. ...
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What if I Fail to Register as a Sex Offender in South Carolina?

The South Carolina Sex Offender Registry was created so that the general public could have access to available information about sex offenders living in their area. For this reason, it has become ...
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When an Officer Gives a Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus What are They Looking For?

The horizontal gaze nystagmus, or HGN, is one of three standard field sobriety tests promulgated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The other two standard tests are the walk and ...
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Attorney Snell Participates in DUI Detection Training

As a Lexington criminal attorney, James Snell is continually looking for ways to better defend his clients. For this reason, the firm is proud to announce that he recently participated in a two-day ...
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Understanding South Carolina Armed Robbery

Armed Robbery is the use of a real, or simulated deadly weapon, in the commission of a robbery. By simulated deadly weapon we mean that the weapon doesn't have to be real, using your fingers ...
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Khol's Shoplifting Defense

One of the more common shoplifting arrest cases that we see are from Khol's. This mid-range department store caters to shoppers with a variety of clothing and general housewares. To keep prices ...
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