Most states set a certain dollar amount to differentiate between misdemeanor theft and felony theft. South Carolina has one of the highest thresholds in the nation for grand larceny (felony) charges. This prevents filling our prisons with low-level offenders and people who steal to feed drug addictions.
Mobile phones were once the exclusive domain of business moguls. Today, even 10-year-old kids have cellphones. Increasingly, law enforcement is using that fact to track the whereabouts of suspects and obtain data about private communications.
The Internal Revenue Service has issued a list of helpful tips for taxpayers who receive letters in the mail. Their “don’t panic” reassurances are hardly reassuring. Some of the advice is conflicting.
Much has been written about racial profiling by police. Much has been written about federal judges giving longer prison terms to minorities. New research shows that African-American defendants also face discrimination at several points between the arrest and sentencing.
Seemingly good detective work sometimes crosses a line. Police must follow leads and clues and hunches to solve crimes, but they also must follow the law.
There is a big difference between iffy tax deductions and failing to tell the IRS about thousands of dollars in income. The shift toward a gig economy – piecing together income from multiple sources – means more people are earning “off-book” money that the government doesn’t know about.
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.
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.
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.
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.