Posts Tagged ‘charleston criminal attorney’

February 5th, 2014 | by jim-courtney-administrator

Many people don’t understand the differences between murder and involuntary manslaughter. After all, in both cases someone has been killed, and someone else caused the death. However, there are important differences that can be illuminated through the examination of a recent case in the South Carolina Court of Appeals. In this case, which is an […]

October 16th, 2013 | by jim-courtney-administrator

Many people think that if a person is on trial, they must have done it. They also think that if the state is going to the trouble of trying a case, they must have the goods on the defendant. These are false assumptions, and also opposite of what the legal system must assume when someone […]

June 24th, 2013 | by jim-courtney-administrator

Forfeiture of a vehicle that had been used in drug activity always gets people’s attention, and for good reason. The prevailing myth is that if you are caught with a joint in your car, the police can seize your car and sell it and use the money for themselves. In South Carolina, that is not […]

May 22nd, 2013 | by jim-courtney-administrator

A directed verdict is a home run for a defense attorney. It means the defendant doesn’t even have to put on a defense to the charges, because the judge agrees there is not enough credible evidence to convict the defendant. I have been fortunate enough to win a directed verdict in a trial, but for […]

May 15th, 2013 | by jim-courtney-administrator

In a recent case heard in the South Carolina Court of Appeals, an interesting concept has come up. It is the idea that if you are held in contempt by the court for a certain action, that double jeopardy attaches and you cannot be prosecuted for the same crimes that you were found in contempt […]

May 10th, 2013 | by jim-courtney-administrator

In an opinion filed this week in the South Carolina Supreme Court (Opinion No. 27250), we see the benefits and the pitfalls of a defendant pleading guilty in an “Alford” plea. For those who are not familiar with what that is, basically it is a plea bargain where the defendant’s position is that he wants […]

March 22nd, 2013 | by jim-courtney-administrator

In the latest South Carolina Supreme Court case, we find an appeal of a conviction based on ineffective assistance of counsel. Most people, including lawyers, do not understand what is involved with an appeal of this type. That is because there are virtually no lawyers who will just sit there and let their client be […]