Sex offenders

On Being a Female Criminal Defense Lawyer in the #Metoo Age

On Being a Female Criminal Defense Lawyer in the #Metoo Age

I am female. I am a criminal defense lawyer. I am a female criminal defense lawyer who defends clients accused...

#Metoo and South Carolina Courts

#Metoo and South Carolina Courts

As the #MeToo movement continues to expose sexual abuse and sexual harassment, where do women turn to find justice? The...

The Dangers of Teens and Sexting

The Dangers of Teens and Sexting

South Carolina does not have a “sexting law.” But that doesn’t mean that sending nude or sexually explicit photos on...

Brock Turner – When Should a Defendant Choose Not to Appeal a Conviction?

Brock Turner – When Should a Defendant Choose Not to Appeal a Conviction?

Brock Turner could easily have been sent to prison for years following his conviction for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman...

State v. Berry – How to Get Inadmissible Testimony in Front of the Jury

State v. Berry – How to Get Inadmissible Testimony in Front of the Jury

If you are a prosecutor, anyway:  When an objection is sustained, just keep asking similar questions so the jury can...

Kohlhepp and SVP Commitments

Kohlhepp and SVP Commitments

Todd Kohlhepp allegedly kidnapped a woman and held her captive on his 100 acre farm in Woodruff, near Spartanburg, S.C. ...

South Carolina GPS monitoring of sex offenders can be removed based on likelihood to re-offend

South Carolina GPS monitoring of sex offenders can be removed based on likelihood to re-offend

In May of this year, the S.C. Supreme Court held that lifetime GPS monitoring of a convicted sex offender is...

State v. Dykes – lifetime GPS monitoring is still unconstitutional

State v. Dykes – lifetime GPS monitoring is still unconstitutional

In State v. Dykes, decided May 22, 2013, the S.C. Supreme Court revisited it’s May 9 opinion, muddying the waters...

State v. Binarr – actual notice of change in the law is required

State v. Binarr – actual notice of change in the law is required

In State v. Binarr, decided May 12, 2012, the S.C. Supreme Court held that actual notice of a change in...

State v. Dykes – lifetime GPS monitoring is unconstitutional

State v. Dykes – lifetime GPS monitoring is unconstitutional

In State v. Dykes, decided May 9, 2012, the South Carolina Supreme Court held that the imposition of lifetime GPS...