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Can You Beat a Polygraph?

Many people are nervous about taking a polygraph, and they may try to research the testing procedures on the internet. Sometimes they feel that they can “beat” the equipment by the use of ...
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Fake Pro Bono Attorney Ads

Recently we started hearing from callers to our office that they had received lists of several “ pro bono ” area criminal defense attorneys. These are people who would contact our office ...
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What Should You Do if the Police Knock On Your Door?

Many arrests begin after the police knock on someone's door. We are frequently asked by defendants who are arrested for crimes such as DUI, drug possession, or domestic violence how they should ...
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What is the Difference Between Bail and Bond?

One of the most confusing distinctions in the law is between the meaning of the terms Bail and Bond. It's so confusing that often times judges and lawyers will even get the terms mixed up. Both of ...
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James R. Snell, Jr. Presents to Members of Lexington County Bar Association

On October 16, 2014, attorney James R. Snell, Jr., presented during a continuing legal education program to the members of the Lexington County Bar Association. Mr. Snell's presentation was ...
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Greenville's John Education Program

The Greenville Solicitor's office has started a special type of diversion program entitled the John Education Program. Successful completion of this program will result in a dismissal of a ...
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Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC Acquires DataMaster Machine

The Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, has recently acquired a DataMaster breath testing machine. This is the machine used by law enforcement agencies throughout South Carolina to measure alcohol ...
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How Do I File an Appeal in South Carolina?

Did you receive and unfair conviction that you believe was based on an error? If so, then you should consider filing an appeal. This means that you ask a higher court—either the South Carolina ...
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What Happens if You Weren't Read Your Miranda Rights?

Everyone who has watched a police TV show is familiar with Miranda rights. They are usually recited similar to: You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you ...
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How Many Drinks Can You Have and Still Legally Drive?

There is no definite answer to the question, "How many drinks you can you have and still legally drive in South Carolina?" This is because the answer is unique to each individual and each ...
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Using Mental Illness in the Defense of a Criminal Charge

Many people with both diagnosed and undiagnosed mental illnesses are arrested in South Carolina every year. People with these conditions are more susceptible to both commit crimes, and also to be ...
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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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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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Do you have a right to give a statement to the police?

I often encounter clients in our initial conferences who are upset with the police investigation that lead to their arrest. One common complaint is that the police either did not question them or ...
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Can you appeal from a guilty plea?

Sometimes after a defendant pleads guilty, either with or without a plea bargain, they have "buyer's remorse" and want to change their mind. Often times this is because they are ...
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What is a plea bargain?

A plea bargain is an agreement between the government and the defendant concerning the terms and conditions of a guilty plea. When a defendant accepts a plea bargain they are giving up their right to ...
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Kidnapping and the South Carolina Sex Offender Registry

In South Carolina there are generally two ways to be placed on the sex offender registry. One is to be convicted of an offense that requires registration. Examples would include lewd act on a minor or ...
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Norwegian Mass Murderer Faces 21 Year Sentencing Cap

According to international news reports Anders Behring Breivik, the 32 year old suspect in the Norway mass murder killings, is only facing a maximum of 21 years. This is even though he is charged with ...
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