Trial Theory

Myrtle Beach Criminal Defense Lawyer Lacey Thompson

Trial Theory
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No Warrant Needed to Draw Blood if Suspect is Unconscious

In Mitchell v. Wisconsin, in a 5-4 decision on June 27, 2019, the US Supreme Court held that police do not...

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Is Carrying a Concealed Weapon Reasonable Suspicion for Police to Search You?

Police need a reasonable, articulable suspicion that you are armed and dangerous before they can “stop and frisk” you or...

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Prosecutorial Misconduct in SC – Why it is Still Happening

In State v. Dean, decided last month, the SC Court of Appeals upheld the defendant’s grant of a new trial after the...

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More Than One in Four South Carolina Sheriffs Have Been Accused of Crimes

Who’s policing the police in SC? In the past ten years, sheriffs in more than one in four SC counties...

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SC Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws – A Formula for Theft, Greed, and Public Corruption

SC Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws – A Formula for Theft, Greed, and Public Corruption SC’s civil asset forfeiture laws need...

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State v. Holcombe – Breach of Trust Conviction Reversed Because of Solicitor’s Comments

In State v. Holcombe, the SC Court of Appeals reversed convictions for breach of trust with fraudulent intent and obtaining money...

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Police Can Lie to You

In case you didn’t know: police can lie to you. Police will lie to you to get you to confess...

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Burglary in SC – What Does “Appurtenant To” Mean?

What does “appurtenant to” mean? In State v. Massey, the SC Court of Appeals affirmed the circuit court’s dismissal of Massey’s...

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Just a Cog in the Machine

In an article for Slate, Seth Stevenson writes about how he served as a juror in 1998, helped convict two men...

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Assault Charges Dismissed But…

We recently had a client’s case dismissed – she was facing assault charges after she was attacked for, in the attacker’s opinion,...