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Warrantless Searches Based on Outstanding Warrants Permitted

Date: September 14, 2016

In a recent 5-3 decision, Utah v. Strieff, the United States Supreme Court ruled that police can seize evidence from an unconstitutional search so long as the person has an outstanding arrest warrant. The High Court ruled that even if police violate the Constitution by stopping...

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States Cannot Criminalize a Defendants’ Refusal of Blood Test in DUI Arrests

Date: September 14, 2016

In a recent decision, the United States Supreme Court held that states cannot criminalize the refusal to take a blood test without a warrant, but also ruled that it was acceptable for states to punish the refusal to take a breath test. The Court went...

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Juveniles Convicted and Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

Date: February 2, 2016

Montgomery v. Louisiana For the second time in 4 years, the United States Supreme Court handed down a major ruling in an Eighth Amendment juvenile sentencing case with its decision in Montgomery v. Louisiana (2016). Miller v. Alabama In 2012, the Court ruled in Miller v....

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Phone App That Assists Drunk Drivers Launches in SC

Date: November 23, 2015
Category: General News

COLUMBIA, SC (WLTX)- It’s called Duey Dialer, and it’s here in the Midlands. The app is available for free download in eight states, including South Carolina. But it’s stirring up controversy because of its target audience: drunk drivers. You download the app, and if you’re...

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Driving Privileges Under Suspension for Accumulating Too Many Points

Date: November 23, 2015

Are your driving privileges currently under suspension for accumulating too many points? If so, call the law offices of Bernstein & Bernstein, LLC, because you may eligible for a special driver’s license. Under South Carolina law, the Department of Motor Vehicles may suspend a person’s...

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The Youthful Offender Act in South Carolina

Date: November 23, 2015

Are you currently facing criminal charges in  General Sessions Court that are punishable by a term of imprisonment in the Department of Corrections? Have you exhausted all diversionary programs from Pre-Trial Intervention (“PTI”) to a Conditional Discharge plea? Are you worried about having up a...

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The Effect of Having an Identifying Code on Your License After Being Convicted of a Crime of Violence

Date: November 23, 2015

When you ask someone about the possible reasons that a person could lose his or her driver’s license, most people think of – Unpaid traffic tickets A DUI conviction Accumulation of  the maximum number of points allowed What most people don’t know is that if...

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Workers Compensation for Back Injuries

Date: November 23, 2015

Workers Compensation for Back Injuries The Facts About Workplace Back Injuries Back injuries on the job are reported as the most common reason for workplace absenteeism, which can result in loss of wages and opportunities for millions of workers. Recent figures from the US Department...

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