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South Carolina Police & Prosecutors Focus On Repeat Offenders

Criminal defense lawyer Matt Bodman reveals what you need to know Being charged and convicted of a criminal charge is a serious legal matter that can dramatically change your life. That’s why South Carolina’s recent efforts to focus on incarcerating people who have previously been convicted of a crime should matter to everyone who respects...

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What should I do if I'm stopped at a DUI checkpoint this 4th of July?

This year's 4th of July celebration will look eerily different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Communities across South Carolina have already canceled their fireworks in order to help prevent the spread of the virus. Nonetheless, countless South Carolina residents will celebrate America's independence by congregating with friends and family. Of course, this also means consuming...

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What are my legal options if I was charged with domestic violence?

South Carolina's stay-at-home order (Executive Order No. 2020-21) was issued by Governor Henry McMaster to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The social distancing guidelines urging residents to stay home — unless they must travel for essential purposes — has saved countless lives. These safety measures didn't come without consequences, however. Many adults are either...

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How can an attorney help me beat a DUI charge?

Being pulled over by police unexpectedly can be a frightening situation, especially if you weren't aware of the reason for being stopped. It could have been anything from a broken taillight to a minor traffic infraction. If a police officer suspects that you have been drinking, you may be probed for further evidence. It's critical...

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How many innocent people are in America's prisons?

Innocent people are in prison for crimes they didn’t commit. They spend years, decades or even a lifetime behind bars. How big is the problem? According to the Chicago Tribune, between 2-10 percent of convictions are wrong. An estimated 46,000-230,000 innocent people face incarceration. Why do innocent people get incarcerated in America? The Tribune cites...

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Nesting rats, burps and bumbling cops among problems making breathalyzers untrustworthy

Drinking alcohol and driving is dangerous, but so are the machines police use to arrest people for DUI. A New York Times investigation found that machines used to test alcohol-blood levels of allegedly impaired drivers in the United States are often unreliable. The supposedly sensitive scientific instruments — commonly called breathalyzers — used by “virtually...

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When police do - and don't - need a search warrant

Does a police officer who stops you for a broken taillight have a right to see what’s inside your trunk without a warrant? What if you were pulled over in South Carolina for speeding? Can the officer force you to open your glove compartment to see what you have inside, even if he or she...

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