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What Criminal Charges Are Possible for Causing a Death While Driving?

Most automobile accidents involve some degree of negligence by one or more of the people involved. Usually, the only legal consequences are claims for money damages. However, in the worst-case scenario, reckless driving can result in death, which in turn can lead to a criminal prosecution. In South Carolina, a driver who causes a fatality Read More

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South Carolina Bill Would Decriminalize Possession of Small Amounts of Marijuana, Reduce Other Drug Penalties

The South Carolina legislature is considering bipartisan-backed legislation that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. It would also decrease penalties for first offenses of possession of certain amounts of cocaine or methamphetamine, requiring courts to order probation rather than jail time. The bill, H.3571, is aimed at reducing the drain on law enforcement Read More

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Report Shows Major Surge in South Carolina Violent Crime Arrests

Violent crimes in South Carolina have risen significantly over the past few years, with gangs, drugs and illegal access to guns playing major roles in the surge, according to a recent report. Murders were up by 25 percent and aggravated assaults increased by 9 percent from 2019 to 2020, State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Read More

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What You Should Know About Drug Trafficking Charges in South Carolina

Drug trafficking is a serious crime that can carry heavy fines and years behind bars if you’re convicted. However, many people have the wrong idea about what qualifies as drug trafficking. They may imagine a sprawling criminal enterprise that spans multiple states or involves a large distribution network. While drug trafficking can look like this Read More

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Support Builds in South Carolina for Enacting Enhanced Penalties for Hate Crimes

Lawmakers in South Carolina have renewed efforts to pass legislation that would more severely punish hate crimes. Currently, South Carolina is just one of three states without laws that impose enhanced penalties for crimes that target someone based on personal characteristics or membership in a particular class. A bill under consideration in the General Assembly Read More

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What are Considered Essential Businesses Under States’ COVID-19 Rules?

During the coronavirus pandemic, previously bustling locations from malls to urban downtowns have gone eerily quiet. But your local pizza place might still be open, along with restaurants that can survive on takeout and delivery orders and, of course, grocery stores. After all, keeping people fed during an epidemic is critical, and food delivery and Read More

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What Happens if You Host a Gathering While in Quarantine?

Along with the serious health risks associated with coronavirus, Americans are burdened by quarantine orders and similar directives that forbid them from seeing their loved ones, even for major events such as holidays and birthdays. It can be tempting to try to break the rules, especially for people who believe that they don’t fall into 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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