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Getting a criminal defense attorney: What you need to know

If you have committed a crime or are accused of committing a crime, you need to get an attorney right away. Your attorney is an important part of your defense. They help you prepare for court and work with you to get you the best deals, plea agreements or help.

There are several reasons why you need a criminal defense attorney. These include the fact that your attorney can:

  • Talk to you about all possible defensive options
  • Talk to you about what you should expect if you're convicted
  • Inform you on what to expect during trial
  • Talk about the charges and what they mean
  • Fight for fair plea bargains and let you know when they're right for you

What is the purpose of probate?

Probate is a process during which certain debts of a decedent are settled. Property held in the decedent's name is also transferred to beneficiaries during this process.

Probate court has a few jobs that you should know about. It has to:

  • Prove the validity of a will
  • Total the assets in and out of the estate
  • Pay estate taxes and debts
  • Distribute assets to heirs or beneficiaries
  • Identify heirs and beneficiaries
  • Choose an estate administrator or representative

1 dead, several injured in Charleston crash

If you're traveling out of the area for vacation or to see friends, the last thing you'd expect is to be involved in a life-ending accident. Unfortunately for a man from Illinois, that's what happened when he went for a visit to South Carolina.

The news reports that the man died after being involved in a collision with another vehicle at around 2:15 a.m. near Charleston's waterfront. At the time, a 2016 Mazda had been passing through the intersection of Meeting and Columbus streets when a 2004 pickup went through a red light and hit the Mazda on its passenger side. This caused the vehicle to go on to slam into a building located at the corner of the intersection.

How soon do you have to report a work injury?

Living and working in South Carolina, there is a chance that you could get hurt on the job and need to seek care. If that's the case, you should know how to file your workers' compensation claim.

Did you know that you need to report any workplace injury that occurs to your employer immediately? It's true. Even if you have to go to the hospital, you, a coworker or a family member should reach out to your employer and let them know about the accident right away. Your employer needs time to begin putting together information for your claim.

Remember, you always have the right to remain silent

As a U.S. citizen, you have the right – guaranteed under the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution – not to make any incriminating statements. Over the years, this has become known as “your right to remain silent.”

This is one of the “Miranda Rights” that appear so often on television police shows. Police have the responsibility to tell you of your Fifth Amendment rights before you are questioned or risk having everything they learned and subsequent actions thrown out of court.

What is the difference between economic and non-economic damages?

When you are involved in retrieving damages for a personal injury lawsuit in South Carolina, there are two categories under which you can claim damage: economic and non-economic. In short, economic damages are tangible and non-economic damages are intangible.

Loss of a form of income or an added cost may be considered economic. Something that does not hinder your wallet but does hinder your lifestyle may be considered non-economic damage. This post will discuss what South Carolina covers for each in a personal injury case.

What can I do to make a good impression in court?

A good criminal defense is an important part of any case when you're the defendant. It is your attorney's job to represent you and to prepare you for court.

While many people focus on the importance of the story you use in court, that's just one aspect of how you can defend yourself. There are other things you can do to make a good impression, too, which will help you win favor with the judge.

Unusual weather can impact drivers in southern states

Auto accidents change lives in an instant. As a result, people who had plans for their future might find they no longer have the options they once did. For example, a person who suffers a serious blow to the head might have a traumatic brain injury that affects their speech and coordination. Depending on the severity of the injury, they may never fully regain those abilities, hindering their ability to work, go to school or enjoy their life.

Auto accidents are particularly common in unusual weather conditions. Snow, for example, isn't common in South Carolina, but it has the potential to arrive in the state. A December 2018 report described a snowstorm that hit the area, which shows that it's possible for ice and snow to impact drivers.

Bus and car collide on US-123, 4 injured

One of the scariest things to hear about is a bus getting into an accident. Buses are large, so the likelihood is that the smaller vehicle will be the one to suffer the most damage. People in the bus, as well as in the vehicle that was struck, could end up with injuries as a result of the driver's mistake.

That happened in South Carolina on Dec. 6, when a bus hit a vehicle while traveling on US 123. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reported to the scene where four people were discovered injured.

Brief overview of workers' compensation

Workers' compensation is a form of insurance that is purchased by employers throughout South Carolina and the rest of the country. Each state has its own workers' compensation laws and system that employers must enter into based on the number of employees on their payroll. Today, we will take a brief look at workers' compensation regulations so you have an understanding of the law.

The first thing you need to know about worker's compensation is what it does for you as an injured or sick employee. If the claim is approved you will receive two-thirds of your salary. The date of injury is most often listed as the first day you miss work due to the injury or illness suffered. The compensation can help pay your medical expenses and serve as income replacement. The payments will not be taxed.

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