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Courts limit warrants for cellphones and social media accounts

Law enforcement agencies quickly latched on to the electronic trail of evidence. Crimes are easier to prove with a smoking gun email or text, or an incriminating photo posted to Facebook. Prosecutors often tack on wire fraud charges for extra leverage if the suspects used the internet or smartphones in furtherance of a crime.

But two U.S. appeals courts have reined in the power of police and prosecutors to use cellphone and social media accounts to fish for incriminating evidence. Search warrants for electronic mediums must still be specific and limited in scope, the same as physical searches of a citizen’s home or business.

How to challenge a DUI charge in South Carolina

Were you recently arrested under suspicion of drunk driving? Are you facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) or driving with an unlawful concentration (DUAC)? It is important to fight back in order to keep a conviction off of your permanent record.

Avoid the consequences of a conviction

'Just passing through'

Lots of people arrested in the Greenville area don’t live here. They are drawn to Falls Park, to Bon Secours, to Centre Stage, the Greenville Zoo, or our Shakespeare festival. Or they are just passing through, and they happen to have bad luck here.

Some visitors are convinced that local law enforcement is on the lookout for out-of-state plates. But these arrests typically have nothing to do with license plates. They involve behavior that gets out of hand, and police have no alternative to arresting you.

How much do you really know about South Carolina DUI?

Think you know a lot about DUI laws in South Carolina? If you find yourself pulled over or facing charges of driving under the influence, it pays to be well-informed. Here are some questions (and answers) you can use to test your knowledge. 

In South Carolina can you legally drink alcohol before driving a car?

Failed Fyre Festival leads to fraud arrest and civil lawsuits

Billy McFarland, founder of the failed Fyre Festival, says he overestimated his ability to pull together a successful first-time event. Billed as “more than just a music festival,” Fyre Festival was supposed to be an upscale destination experience. Instead, the island concert was a lackluster debacle on many levels and McFarland is now facing federal criminal charges and multiple civil lawsuits on behalf of aggrieved attendees.

McFarland was arrested June 30 and charged with fraud. Not only did he overpromise on musical acts and celebrities that failed to materialize, he allegedly committed wire fraud and perhaps securities fraud in the process. The federal indictment asserts the 25-year-old promoter falsified documents and mischaracterized stock holdings to swindle investors and to convince individuals to pay up to $12,000 each to attend.

Critics of “Back the Blue” worry police would not be accountable

A bill in Congress called “Back the Blue” is intended to protect police officers who put their lives on the line. But the proposed legislation would not only enhance penalties for killing or assaulting officers, but broaden immunity to cops who are sued for brutality or using deadly force.

Opponents are concerned that “Back the Blue” would turn a blind eye to police misconduct or give police carte blanche to shoot first and ask questions later. Do you think police need insulation from lawsuits? Would this law go too far?

Drug Arrests Of The Rich And Famous

Celebrities used as an example by law enforcement

Despite their fans and the importance placed on them in our society, celebrities can also get arrested for drug crimes. In many situations, as with other citizens, officers make these arrests based on simple possession - especially of marijuana. 

Do police always need probable cause?

Most of us have heard the phrase “probable cause” used by police officers and prosecutors on television shows. The first thing any good criminal defense lawyer will do is investigate whether the police had right and reason for searching a person’s property, or even questioning a person before making an arrest. In this post, I will explain the concept of probable cause and why it is such an important component of our criminal justice system.

Constitutional rights

Noncompliance with ACA could trigger IRS audit, prosecution

Many business practices can attract scrutiny as possible tax fraud 

Obamacare is still the law of the land. Failure to extend coverage or make Affordable Care Act payments can result in a tax audit and civil penalties or even charges of tax fraud.

Avoiding ACA obligations joins the long list of red flags that might cause your business and/or your personal finances to be audited. If the IRS concludes that you are willfully noncompliant, it may pursue civil and criminal sanctions.

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New York passes "Raise The Age." North Carolina next?

Juveniles belong in juvenile court

The governor of New York just signed a bill called "Raise the Age." That leaves North Carolina as the only state that still automatically charges 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. The good news is that North Carolina appears poised to also raise the age of criminal prosecution to 18.

However, such laws don't guarantee justice for youths accused of crimes. In South Carolina and elsewhere, prosecutors can petition to have youthful offenders transferred to adult court. Juvenile courts can also incarcerate youths indefinitely until age 21. It is still important to have legal representation even in the juvenile justice system. 

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