Mount Pleasant South Carolina Criminal Defense Blog

Growing population of felons prompts criminal justice reforms

People in South Carolina and elsewhere face lifelong consequences when authorities convict them of felonies. Even if their sentences apply probation instead of prison time, the people experience ongoing problems with obtaining work and housing. In some states, felony records cling to 10 to 15 percent of the adult population. This burgeoning felon population nationwide has inspired some states to look at ways of reducing felony convictions after increases over the past decades caused by the reclassification of some crimes from misdemeanors to felonies.

Some proposals recommend raising the value of stolen goods that qualify for felony theft charges to reflect inflation. Other approaches to easing the lifelong burdens placed on convicted felons concern their employment and housing opportunities. A new law in one state granted them the ability to get occupational licenses, and another reform granted landlords legal immunity if they would rent homes to convicted felons.

Undercover work leads to drug raid

South Carolina police used an informant to purchase drugs on three different occasions from the same person over 13 days in November 2018. The undercover work led to a drug bust that recovered six grams of heroin, 13 grams of cocaine and over $4,000 in cash. Authorities also found a gun at an apartment where the man was found and taken into custody.

He faces multiple charges including two counts of possession of cocaine and three counts of possession of heroin. This is the second time that he has been charged with these crimes. The man also faces a charge of having a weapon while committing a violent crime. In addition to that raid, authorities initiated another one on Nov. 14 in Atlantic Beach that resulted in multiple people being taken into custody. During that raid, authorities found marijuana, gold and $7,500 in cash.

Police error leads to man being taken into custody

South Carolina police took a man into custody after going to the wrong mobile home while responding to a domestic violence call. The 29-year-old had already been facing gun charges when he was found in a bathtub at the residence in Hidden Creek Mobile Park. During a search of the property, authorities found more than 1,000 grams of methamphetamine that had been placed inside of 19 baggies.

An attorney for the man said that he was only a guest at the residence, but this was refuted by paperwork found in a bedroom at the location. The U.S. Attorney's Office said that because of the man's previous charges, he was likely going to prison for the rest of his life. Those prior charges included possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine base and marijuana. The case was prosecuted under a partnership called Project CeaseFire and Project Safe Neighborhoods.

TV program prevents four alleged deep web homicide plots

The deep web is sometimes known as the regular internet’s evil twin. That’s because the deep web—the internet content that is not available to search engines and must be accessed with special software—can be a hotbed of crime.

That’s what a television news program discovered when researching the dark web for a broadcast. The TV show’s investigators had no idea that their investigative legwork would uncover four alleged murder-for-hire plots. Their discoveries show that the crimes that occur on the deep web are not always as anonymous as users may think.

Jury returns unanimous verdict in drug trial

Two men face possible life sentences after a South Carolina jury unanimously found them guilty of conspiring to distribute significant quantities of cocaine between January and November 2017 in the Myrtle Beach area. They were taken into custody shortly after North Myrtle Beach Police Department officers and federal agents discovered drugs and about $143,000 in cash in their hotel room.

Prosecutors say that the two men ran their drug operation from a luxury hotel room in North Myrtle Beach. According to court documents, cocaine worth more than $1,500,000 was distributed in the area after being stored in homes located in affluent suburban neighborhoods. The men are said to have used vehicles disguised as work trucks to move the drugs from place to place without arousing suspicion. Police say that the organization's unremarkable single-family homes contained armed criminals guarding drugs and drug money and their vehicles were driven by equally dangerous individuals.

Guarding against digital crimes

South Carolina residents could be victims of crimes committed using a computer or similar device. For instance, they could have their information stolen by someone who put a virus on a computer or into a computer network. Individuals could also have their information copied, stolen or damaged by the work of a criminal. It is generally not a good idea to put personal information online or to give it to a stranger through electronic means.

Accounts should be protected by strong passwords that are changed routinely. Online banking, shopping and other financial tasks should be done on a secure private network. Individuals should also be sure that they know and trust the source of any software that they want to download. Downloading from unknown sites could result in malware or spyware getting onto a computer. Parents should be on guard against those who act inappropriately toward minors online. Those who hear about children being targeted may want to report it to the Department of Justice.

Stats about male on female violence

In 2016, there were 48 women killed by men in South Carolina. That is according to a report from the Violence Policy Center, and the report states that most women who are killed by men around the country are murdered with a firearm. It also stated the vast majority of those victims were killed by someone who they knew. Specifically, 63 percent of females who were killed by males were their wives or romantic partners.

Throughout the nation in 2016, black women were killed by men at a rate of 2.62 per 100,000, which was more than double the rate of white women killed by males. Overall, there were 1,809 women who were killed by males throughout the United States. Of those victims, 1,188 were white while 517 were black.

When does selling marijuana become drug trafficking in South Carolina?

Not everyone accused of selling marijuana here in South Carolina faces the same type of charges. Some are charged with standard drug distribution. Others, however, are charged with drug trafficking. Which type of charge a person is facing matters greatly, as trafficking carries much harsher penalties.

The main factor that determines whether individuals accused of selling marijuana would face drug trafficking charges rather than standard distribution charges in the state is how much marijuana they are accused of selling.

Are you a catfish?

"Catfishing" is a relatively new term for individuals who misrepresent themselves online, usually in return for a relationship. The word was first used in 2010 and later added to the dictionary in 2014. Commonly thought of in relation to online dating, catfish may create a fake profile or a profile containing misleading information in order to get a date.

While some individuals who catfish others do it for malicious reasons, this may not always be the case. It is possible to catfish someone without even realizing it. This post will dive into what a catfish is and if there are any legal consequences to being one.

Leaving a trail, the digital breadcrumbs of cybercrime

Owing their name to the tale of Hansel and Gretel, digital breadcrumbs function as a navigational aid by tracking the movements of users within web interfaces and programs. These unobtrusive navigational cues allow for faster web browsing and mark a user’s journey throughout the page. However, in cases of cybercrime, digital breadcrumbs leave clues for prosecutors that can serve as evidence against a user.

 

    1. Charleston County | Bar Association
    2. South Carolina Association of criminal Defense Lawyers
    3. Rated By Super Lawyers | Rising Stars | Cameron J.Blazer | Superlawyers.com
    4. South Carolina Bar
    5. Liberty Fellowship
    1. Aspen Global Leadership Network | The Aspen Institute
    2. Justice 360 | Advancing Equality in the justice System
    3. Jefferson Awards Foundation
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