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Search warrant defenses

Search warrant Defenses Challenging Probable cause A magistrate must conclude that probable cause exists before issuing a search warrant, but probable cause does not mean absolute certainty. Magistrates are concerned with probabilities and not certainties. The evidence contained in the affidavit need not be sufficient to support a conviction, or a verdict of guilty, or to establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, nor need the proof be positive. It is enough if the evidence is such as to induce in the mind of the issuing officer an honest belief that the facts set forth exist, or as would lead a man of prudence...

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South Carolina Search Warrant Laws

South Carolina Search Warrant Laws Who can issue a search warrant? Any magistrate, municipal judge with the powers of a magistrate or any judge of any court having jurisdiction over the area where the property sought is located, may issue a warrant to search for and seize certain items. See 17-13-140 The South Carolina search warrant laws can be complicated and it's vital that you understand your rights when defending these types of cases. Basis for a search warrant? The search warrant may authorize police to search and seize: Stolen or embezzled property; Property, the possession of which is unlawful; Property used or possessed with...

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South Carolina Minor in Possession of Alcohol

South Carolina Minor in Possession of Alcohol Living and going to school in Charleston, South Carolina with its numerous bars and colleges facing a minor in possession of alcohol charge is not that uncommon. There is a strong effort by local law enforcement to arrest those that are drinking under the legal age of 21 years and because of this effort, prosecutors also take a strong position in prosecuting these cases.  Talk to an experienced Chalreston Criminal defense attorney today and get the advice you need to fight your South Carolina Minor in Possession of Alcohol charge. You Could Lose Your Driver’s...

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I have an arrest warrant, now what

I have an arrest warrant, now what? Do you have an outstanding arrest warrant?   Have the police been looking for you or leaving phone messages for you to contact them?  Do you know how to find out if you have a warrant or what you need to do if you do have an outstanding arrest warrant? It’s important to act fast if there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest because you can be taken to jail even if the police find you by accident.  For example, if you are a passenger in a car and did nothing wrong but the police...

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What is Possession of Cocaine in South Carolina

What is Possession of Cocaine in South Carolina If you are charged with possession of cocaine in South Carolina then you probably realize that you need help.  A drug conviction can remain on your criminal record where anyone from your employer, landlord, or school can run a background check and learn of the conviction.  Often, this type of charge can prohibit you from getting that job, or into an apartment.  If you have been charged with possession of cocaine then it’s vital that you seek the help of a Charleston criminal defense attorney. What is possession of cocaine When your discussing possession of...

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