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What happens if convicted of DWI or DUI in South Carolina?

When you have been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in South Carolina, the consequences can include loss of license, paying a fine, completing community service, and jail time.  Often, the penalties imposed for DUI will depend on the level of intoxication and whether anyone was injured in a related accident. Read More

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What is a misdemeanor in South Carolina?

In South Carolina, a misdemeanor is typically a less serious criminal charge that are divided into classes based on severity. Examples of a misdemeanor crime may include shoplifting, assault and battery, possession of a narcotic, and child endangerment. The penalty can vary from a simple fine to jail time. If you have been arrested for Read More

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What is considered a felony in South Carolina?

Under South Carolina and federal law, serious crimes are generally called “felonies” and less serious crimes are “misdemeanors.” Each of these categories can also have classes or levels, depending on the relative seriousness of the offense and the stringency of the punishment. If you’ve been charged with a felony in South Carolina, a criminal defense Read More

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What is the court process in South Carolina after you have been arrested for DUI?

If you are arrested for DUI in South Carolina, you can typically expect the police to take your fingerprints, administer a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) test and take your photograph. If charges are filed against you by the prosecutor, then you will likely need to go to court a few times and either negotiate with Read More

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Can a South Carolina arrest or conviction records be expunged?

Under South Carolina law, only certain arrests, or convictions may be expunged. Typically only some “first-offense” misdemeanor charges can be expunged under South Carolina law. What this means is that if asked if you were arrested or convicted when applying for a job or loan for example, you can say no. For more information on Read More

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Do I need a criminal defense attorney in South Carolina if I am not guilty

If you’ve been falsely accused of a crime, you should contact a South Carolina criminal defense lawyer, who can protect your rights. Our nation’s criminal justice system is adversarial by nature, and unrepresented defendants are at a significant disadvantage against a professional prosecutor, even when they are completely innocent. Even if you aren’t ready to Read More

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  • Jack Swerling, Derrick Mobley and Alissa Wilson were successful in having a Judge rule after an extensive hearing, that the defendant was immune from prosecution based on the “Stand Your Ground” law in a murder prosecution. The Judgment was handed down on March 29, 2021.
  • Jack Swerling, Gregory Harris and Alissa Wilson obtained a Not Guilty Verdict in Lexington County on March 3, 2022. An Orthopedic Surgeon was charged with Involuntary Manslaughter in the accidental shooting death of a friend.
  • “When Jack is on my docket, I tell my law clerks, ‘You do not want to miss this. You are seeing one of the greatest trial lawyers in the state’s history.'” -South Carolina Circuit Court Judge
  • Jack was selected to Super Lawyers Magazine Top Ten List for 2019. Each year Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in South Carolina via a selection process involving peer evaluations, independent research and professional achievement. The South Carolina lawyers who receive the highest points during this selection process are further recognized in the South Carolina Super Lawyers Top Ten List.
  • USA v. FRANK*: In a child pornography case, Swerling was successful in obtaining a 22 level variance reducing the defendant’s sentence from 8 years to 6 months.
  • STATE v. BORIS: The defendant was found not guilty by reason of insanity in a case where the defendant was involved in a shoot-out with 3 police officers.
  • STATE v. TYGER: Jack Swerling obtains a not guilty verdict in a criminal sexual conduct case in Beaufort County.
  • Pre Trial Dispositions: STATE v. DWAYNE: Mr. Swerling successfully argued for the dismissal of stalking and unlawful use of telephone charges brought against a prominent businessman in Florence County.
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