Monthly Archives: June 2012

Comparison of Florida and South Carolina DUI Statutes

I recently happened across a blog post on A Law Clerk’s Journal ( which summarized Florida’s DUI Laws. As an attorney who handles many DUI cases, I thought it might be interesting to compare the penalties for DUI in Florida and South Carolina. (I practice in Columbia, SC.) According to the article I read, the following […]

Reblog from a fellow SC law blogger

Originally posted on South Carolina Construction Defect Law by Clay Olson :
With all the hype surrounding the Crossman decisions, it can be easy to miss other important opinions published by the courts in South Carolina. Recently, the South Carolina Court of Appeals upheld a punitive damage award challenged on the basis that evidence of similar…

Dorsey v. United States

In Dorsey v. United States the Court held that provisions of Sentencing Reform Act, which increase the amounts of crack cocaine required to trigger mandatory minimum sentences are applicable to offenses committed after the date the act was passed, but before the act’s effective date. The act was intended to reduce the disparity in sentencing for offenses […]

Preservation and Admissibility v. Weight

In State v. Tapp, the Supreme Court of South Carolina recently held that while the court’s rules require that objections to admissibility of evidence be specific, the rules do not require an objection to anticipate rulings of the court which will be made in the future. This is in response to the decision in State […]

Recent Development in Evidence

So. Carolina v. Heller Following a jury trial, Christopher Heller was convicted of murder and ABWIK. In his appeal Heller asserted the trial court erred in 3 ways. allowing him to be impeached with his prior drug convictions pursuant to Rule 609(a)(1), SCRE, because the probative value of his drug convictions substantially outweighed their unduly prejudicial […]