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If I Get a SC Pardon Do I Still Have to Register as a Sex Offender?

How do I get off the sex offender registry in South Carolina?

That’s a question that I hear a lot, and, in most cases, the answer is: You cannot. Ever.

South Carolina’s sex offender registry is not “tiered,” as it is in some states, and it a lifetime registration requirement whether you were convicted of child rape or something less outrageous like peeping tom.

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The Grand Jury in SC is a Meaningless Waste of Time

South Carolina’s Constitution requires that every person must be indicted by the grand jury before the state can take them to trial – is there really a point to it anymore?

I have heard judges inform groups of defendants waiting to plead guilty that they should waive their right to indictment because “the grand jury would indict a ham sandwich.” You’d be hard-pressed to find an attorney in the state who does not agree that SC’s grand jury process is simply a “rubber stamp” for prosecutors.

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SC House and Senate Pass Amendments to Expungement Law

I supported this bill, and it was much needed – the SC legislature has passed a new expungement law that will allow more expungements of minor drug convictions and YOA convictions, prohibits consideration of expunged offenses when hiring employees, and protects employers from liability based on employees’ expunged offenses.

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What did State v. Beaty Decide About the Order of Closing?

The day after the State v. Beaty decision was published, Court Administration released a memo to all circuit court and summary court judges, explaining the decision to them. (Because, for some reason, judges cannot read appellate opinions and Court Administration must break it down for them?)

Their take on it is not much different from my own – what are SC judges being told that the opinion means?

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Would Police Charge Someone With Murder If They Aren’t Guilty?

Police and prosecutors aggressively investigate and prosecute murder cases in Charleston, SC.

SC prosecutors and law enforcement leadership are under intense pressure from the public, the media, the legislature, and city and county councils to solve violent crimes – in some cases, they may feel that their jobs depend on it.

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Does Marijuana Use Affect Pregnancy?

No one has a definitive answer on the effect marijuana use while pregnant – I found government studies that say it’s inconclusive and more research needs to be done, and I found plenty of anecdotal evidence that says it does not harm the child and is beneficial to prevent vomiting, help with appetite, and reduce depression.

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Plea After Stand Your Ground Hearing

If you are charged with murder or attempted murder in South Carolina, and at the time of the incident you were defending yourself – in your home, car, or any other place that you had a right to be – you are entitled to immunity under SC’s Protection of Persons and Property Act.

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When Can Police Search a Car Incident to Arrest?

According to the U.S. Supreme Court in Arizona v. Gant:

Police may search a vehicle incident to a recent occupant’s arrest only if the arrestee is within reaching distance of the passenger compartment at the time of the search or it is reasonable to believe the vehicle contains evidence of the offense of arrest.

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