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What if the Police Forget to Read Me My Miranda Rights?

As United States citizens, we are given protection against self-incrimination. When a police officer arrests someone and plans on questioning them, the officer is often required to read the suspect these rights, known as Miranda Rights. If you have been arrested, Attorney Brad C. Richardson is here to offer you…

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What if an Alleged Abuser Violates a Restraining Order

When an alleged victim has a restraining order, order of protection or conditions of bond prohibiting contact against an alleged abuser, that person relies upon it to help keep him or her safe from additional abuse or perceived abuse, which means it fills a very important role in that person’s…

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Fighting False Allegations

Alleged Sex crimes often don’t have eyewitnesses – other than the man and woman involved – to back up either side’s telling of the events, which means they often come down to “he-said, she-said” charges. Sometimes, all it takes is an alleged victim maing an allegation and the sex crimes…

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What Are Gun Charges in SC

South Carolina is one of the most gun-friendly states in the country. There are no overly restrictive laws against the ownership and usage of most firearms in SC. However, it is illegal to own, carry, or use certain firearms, and you must get a permit to carry handguns. The majority…

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Potential Effects of Drug or Other Criminal Charges on a College Student

College students facing drug or other criminal charges can face harsh and life-altering repercussions that go beyond getting expelled or a night in the local jail. Most people don’t realize that a seemingly minor offense can lead to a criminal conviction and a permanent record that can negatively impact their…

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Your Legal Rights During a Traffic Stop in South Carolina

The police may pull you over for various reasons. Maybe you’ve violated a traffic law or witnessed a crime and didn’t realize it. Maybe your vehicle matches the description of another vehicle that was used in a crime. Or perhaps the police think you’re in trouble and need assistance or…

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What If My License Gets Suspended Indefinitely?

Your driver’s license can be suspended indefinitely in South Carolina for various reasons, such as getting arrested for a DUI or having too many points against your driver’s license. How long your license will remain suspended will be dependent on the offense you committed and the circumstances of your case….

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Criminal Defense Lawyer vs a Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested for any kind of criminal offense in South Carolina, you must make many life-changing decisions. These include how you’ll plead your case, your defense strategy, the possibility and consequences of accepting a plea deal, and whether you should settle for the public defender the court assigned…

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Claiming Self-Defense in South Carolina

You have the legal right to protect yourself and others from any harm. This means that you can harm someone who is meaning to hurt you in self-defense and not be liable for the resulting injuries. However, this legal protection will only apply if your actions are found to be…

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Why Do I Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

You need a criminal defense lawyer if you are facing any kind of criminal charges because if you get convicted, you will face imprisonment, costly fines and fees, collateral consequences, and probation, among other harsh penalties. Having a Myrtle Beach criminal defense lawyer on your side can increase your chances…

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What is a Court Subpoena?

A subpoena is a formal written court order that requires a person or entity to appear in court, testify in a legal proceeding, or provide documents or other types of evidence in a case. Courts, lawyers, government agencies, and law enforcement issue subpoenas, which can be used in various legal…

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Child Pornography Penalties in South Carolina

Crimes involving children are among the most heinous criminal offenses in the eyes of the law. But this is especially true in cases involving physical injury and those that are sexual in nature. Consequently, they are prosecuted aggressively, and the prosecution always pushes for the maximum penalties allowed under the…

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What Happens if You Violate the Rules of Probation or House Arrest?

If you are put on probation or house arrest, it means you won’t be incarcerated, but it does not mean that you’re free to do everything that you could prior to the conviction in question. There are a range of rules and regulations that apply to those who are on…

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What Is the Difference Between Jail, Juvie, and Prison?

If you or your child is facing a criminal charge, knowing the difference between jail, prison, and juvenile detention – or juvie – is important. If this is the difficult situation you find yourself in, protecting your rights from the outset is key, and working with an experienced South Carolina…

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What Are The Possible Consequences When Charged With Domestic Violence?

Allegations of domestic violence have immensely serious repercussions. At The Law Office of Brad C. Richardson, LLC, our Myrtle Beach criminal defense attorney understands that there are always two sides to every story, and that’s true even in domestic violence cases. We aim to seek the best possible result for…

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Myrtle Beach police have crime fighting plans for tourist season

Myrtle Beach is known to be a high-traffic tourist destination. This is beneficial to the town and South Carolina in general. However, there is no debating that the more people come from different areas, states and countries, the bigger the chance for criminal activity to occur. With that, law enforcement…

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Arrest yields M-16, drugs, caustic press release from sheriff

The release of a criminal suspect on bail can be a frustrating event for local law enforcement officers. After a judge ordered the release of a man arrested on weapons and drug charges, the sheriff of Orangeburg County was compelled to issue a sharply critical press release in which he…

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The penalties you could be hit with if you’re convicted

Being charged with a criminal offense can leave you on edge, unsure of what your future will bring. If you don’t adequately defend yourself, you could end up facing conviction. In that situation, you could get hit with broad, significant, and wide-ranging penalties that can reshape your life. But what,…

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What are my rights to privacy in my dorm room?

Myrtle Beach and the surrounding communities are the home to many college, university and vocational students. Many of these students live in dormitories or other student housing. They will likely think of these places as their home. They expect some level of privacy for both themselves and their stuff. To…

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Did the police misapply these warrant exceptions in your case?

If you’ve been charged with a criminal offense, then the prosecution probably has physical evidence to present against you. This evidence likely wasn’t voluntarily handed over to investigators. Instead, it was probably obtained through a search warrant. However, in many cases, law enforcement secures incriminating evidence through warrantless searches. Although…

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Defending yourself against sex crime charges

Being accused of a sex crime can ruin your entire life. You may think that this could never happen to you, but sometimes people can be confused or have a different take on what happened during a situation, and you may find yourself charged with a sex crime. South Carolina…

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Is Myrtle Beach as idyllic as they say?

In the winter months, in many places across the United States, it is cold and dreary and many people do whatever they can to escape from those extreme temperatures and gray days that seem to be endless. One of the places to which to escape from the cold winter is…

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Traveling to Myrtle Beach with pot

Marijuana is having a moment. In the majority of states in the United States, pot is legal in some way, whether it is for medical, recreational or both. However, South Carolina is not one of them. Still, some spring breakers may think Myrtle Beach is a bit more lax with…

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When can you be charged for marijuana possession?

While personal use of marijuana may be relatively common in South Carolina, it is still illegal to use and possess marijuana in our state. That means when people use it, they risk being charged with drug possession crimes. As with all drugs that are illegal in South Carolina, the potential…

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What is disorderly conduct in South Carolina?

We all like to have fun on vacation, and many people enjoy coming to South Carolina for its beaches and other tourist destinations. When you are on vacation with family and friends, things can sometimes get a little out of control, especially if alcohol is involved. All it takes is…

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Know your rights before answering police questions

Getting stopped by a police officer while you are on vacation can be stressful, even if you have done nothing wrong. It is important to remember that while you should always act respectfully when dealing with law enforcement, you do not always have to answer an officer’s questions, particularly if…

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What are the penalties for using a fake ID to buy alcohol?

Throughout South Carolina, there are many tourist destinations and large-scale events where young people will be out and about. Often, this involves college students, but high schoolers are also frequent attendees. Alcohol consumption is a frequent part of sporting events, beach holidays and simply being a college student. It is…

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A person’s online activity can land them in prison

Visitors to and residents of Horry County probably spend a fair amount of time online Whether for business or pleasure, most Internet activity is perfectly legal. However, like other states and the federal government, South Carolina has outlawed child pornography and certain other types of online sexual activity. South Carolina…

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Four ways to block the prosecution’s evidence

When you’re facing drug charges, the prosecution is probably going to threaten you with harsh penalties. This is an attempt to get you to take a plea deal, which can be very tempting when the evidence against you seems insurmountable. But you shouldn’t immediately latch onto a settlement offer put…

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South Carolina tourists and the Driver’s License Compact

South Carolina is a great place to take a vacation and many people take advantage of its attractions every year. But what happens if you get a traffic citation, or a more serious vehicle-related charge, while you’re here? Will it impact your license back home? Agreement between states Back in…

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When teachers are accused of crimes

With the multitude of schools across the United States, it is safe to say that not all schools in all districts in all states take the same approach if a teacher is accused of committing a crime. In South Carolina, for example, if a teacher is accused of committing a…

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Did you know that public defender representation can be risky?

Being charged with a crime can be scary given the implications involved with a criminal conviction. If you want to protect your freedom and your future as fully as possible, then you need to figure out the best way to defend yourself in your criminal proceedings. Depending on your income,…

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Should you take a plea deal in your criminal case?

It’s stressful facing criminal charges. After all, a conviction could lead to incarceration, hefty fines, and a haunting criminal record. Although the prosecution may seek the harshest penalties against you, you might have the option to avoid them by negotiating a plea deal. But before you settle on one of…

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Horry County offers alternatives to traditional criminal court

Whether they are natives or visitors to the Myrtle Beach area, certain people accused of crimes may have the option to avoid a traditional criminal charge and conviction. These options can be a huge advantage to a person accused of a crime. Not only do they protect a person from…

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What college students and their parents should know about assault charges

College is a great experience for many young people, and often is the first opportunity that new adults are able to experience the independence of living apart from their families. During their college years, students may explore areas of study to refine their life plans and career goals. They may…

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Getting a second chance after a criminal conviction in South Carolina

We all make mistakes, especially early on in life. For people in South Carolina and especially young people, getting a second chance after a run-in with the law can change the course of their future. Unfortunately, even an arrest without conviction may show up on a person’s record, and without…

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When can an officer legally search a vehicle for drugs?

If you are stopped by a police officer in South Carolina, your Fourth Amendment rights protect you from an unreasonable search and seizure of your property. To legally search your vehicle, the officer must have one of the following: A valid warrant: Generally, a warrant is issued after a petition…

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Do you know the extent of your right to remain silent?

You see it on T.V. all the time. An individual is arrested for a suspected crime, and the police drag them into the interrogation room for questioning. At some point, the accused individual is either informed of his right to remain silent, or he simply asks for a lawyer, both…

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What is the expunction process and how can it help me?

A criminal conviction might impact the ability to secure a job, find housing, obtain financial aid and possess a firearm in some instances. For those reasons, accused individuals wishing to be free of a previous criminal conviction should understand and consider the expunction process. What does it mean to have…

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