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DUI with a Child Passenger in SC
DUI with a Child Passenger in SC

Driving under the influence ( DUI ) of alcohol can result in harsh criminal penalties, including jail time, fines, and driver’s license suspension/revocation. However, if you are convicted of operating a vehicle while impaired with a minor child passenger younger than 16 ...

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    • How Do I File an Appeal in South Carolina?

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    • Search warrant delays in Child Pornography Cases

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    • What is sexual exploitation of a minor in South Carolina?

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    • What you should do if accused of child molestation.

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    • Operation Clean Slate

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    • What Should I Wear to Criminal Court?

      If you are scheduled to appear in criminal court, remember that first impressions are very important. The judge, jury, and courtroom personnel will ...

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    • Four Degrees of Assault & Battery in SC

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    • What is the Difference Between Reasonable Suspicion & Probable Cause?

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    • Domestic Violence Restraining Orders in SC

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    • Mandatory Arrest Policy for Domestic Violence in SC

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    • Lifting no contact bond restrictions with court shutdowns

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    • When Can a Minor Be Tried as an Adult in South Carolina?

      Minors who are arrested generally go through the juvenile justice system, which is considered family court. But when teenagers are accused of serious ...

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    • Does South Carolina Have a Hate Crime Law?

      A hate crime is defined as an offense motivated by prejudice based on a person’s race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or ...

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    • Good Samaritan Fatal Overdose Prevention Law

      A young woman, let’s call her Kelly ( made up name, this example is all fictional ), is at home with a friend. They have had a couple of beers and ...

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    • Drug Court in SC

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    • Simple Possession vs. Possession with Intent in South Carolina

      There are two types of drug possession charges in South Carolina: simple possession and possession with intent to distribute (PWID). While both ...

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    • Common Defenses to Drug Possession Charges

      Drug possession is one of the most common crimes in South Carolina. Depending on the amount and type of illegal drugs or controlled substances ...

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    • DUI with a Child Passenger in SC

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    • How to Get a Temporary License After a SC DUI

      After getting arrested for a DUI/DUAC in South Carolina, one of the immediate repercussions is having your driver’s license suspended. Without your ...

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    • Fourth DUI in South Carolina

      Driving under the influence ( DUI ) is a serious crime in South Carolina, even if it is your first offense. However, if it is your fourth or ...

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    • How Do I File an Appeal in South Carolina?

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    • Clearing Your Record After a CDV Arrest

      Many people arrested for CDV are concerned about having a criminal record. Having a mark on your record can unnecessarily complicate future employment ...

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    • How Long Does a DUI Stay on My South Carolina Record?

      There are two components to a South Carolina DUI conviction; the first is criminal and the second is administrative. The criminal conviction that goes ...

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    • Federal Drug Conspiracy Defense

      Local and federal law enforcement agencies have been working together in order to investigate alleged drug distribution rings. The end result of these ...

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    • Mandatory Minimum Sentence for Federal Drug Trafficking

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    • When Does a Drug Crime Become a Federal Offense?

      Most criminal offenses are considered state crimes, which means the state courts will handle such cases and a conviction will result in state criminal ...

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    • Blackmail Scam Still Running Strong

      Several years ago I began posting about a common blackmail scam. I called it the “ counseling scam ”. It works something like this: Men go on dating ...

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    • Can a name change help you?

      Obtaining a South Carolina name change is a legal process that results in a court order. We have helped lots of people throughout South Carolina ...

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    • We're sponsoring 2019 Kid's Day of Lexington

      The Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, is an official sponsor of the 19th annual Kid's Day of Lexington . This event will be held at the Virginia ...

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    • Is there hope if charged with felony DUI and leaving the scene?

      One of the worst combination of charges you can face is a felony DUI with death along with a leaving the scene of an accident. Why? Because the ...

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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 . ...

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    • Removing a GPS Monitor in South Carolina

      Removing a GPS Monitor in South Carolina Bond courts routinely require defendants to be subjected to GPS monitoring. Decisions to place a monitor on a ...

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    • How long does it take to fight a Lexington DUI charge?

      If you’ve received a DUI in Lexington, South Carolina , you need to know how long it can take to fight the charge. The good news (or bad news ...

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    • Walmart Self-Checkout Shoplifting

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    • Can You Drive after Being Arrested for DUI in South Carolina?

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    • Will My License Be Suspended for SPMJ in South Carolina?

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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 ...

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    • Carolina Cup Arrests

      Every year we have been contacted to help individuals ticketed or arrested at the Carolina Cup . This is because area law enforcement sends hundreds ...

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    • Operation Clean Slate

      On Friday, January 20, 2017, representatives from Richland County and the City of Columbia will be sponsoring Operation Clean Slate. This is a program ...

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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 ...

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    • Common Online Scams

      We’re regularly contacted by individuals who think that they may need a criminal defense attorney but it turns out later that they are simply targets ...

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    • Search warrant delays in Child Pornography Cases

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    • Introduction to South Carolina Juvenile Charges

      This information is designed to be helpful for South Carolina juveniles who have been accused of a crime, or their family. If you have specific ...

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    • South Carolina Diversion Programs

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    • Help! My child was charged with marijuana. Should we take PTI?

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    • Will My License Be Suspended for SPMJ in South Carolina?

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    • Burglary vs. Robbery in South Carolina

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    • Petit & Grand Larceny in South Carolina

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