South Carolina is a very friendly place, but in cases when crime is involved, so is criminal law. Punishment for criminal acts and those who violate the law are determined by federal and state laws. Each state has its own penal code and South Carolina’s criminal law handles unlawful conduct from theft and assault to DUIs and drug possession. Laws do change, which is why it’s always important to seek legal guidance when it comes to handling a criminal case.
Criminal law can be broken into three categories, misdemeanors, felonies and infractions. Misdemeanors are cases prescribed no more than 1 year of imprisonment, felonies are cases prescribed more than one year of imprisonment and infractions are smaller offenses, like traffic tickets.
Criminal law statutes can be broken into two categories, mens rea, the mental state the person committing the crime must be in for it to have been intentional (“the act is not culpable unless the mind is guilty”) and the actus reus, the action taken by the perpetrator (the objective element of a crime).
An experienced defense attorney can mean all the difference when it comes to criminal cases. Like Superman, they can be your advocate, protect and guide you through the process. Whether you are a victim of a criminal act or you have broken the law in some form and need representation, contact Fender Law Firm for more information.
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