What is a Lesser Included Offense?

What is a Lesser Included Offense?

What is a lesser included offense? Sometimes, a person will plead guilty to a lesser included offense, or a jury will find a person guilty of a lesser included offense instead of the more serious offenses presented at trial. But what qualifies as a lesser included...
Are There Mandatory Minimum Sentences in SC?

Are There Mandatory Minimum Sentences in SC?

Do we have mandatory minimum sentences in SC? Although SC does not have formal sentencing guidelines like the federal courts or some other states, we do have mandatory minimum sentences in SC. A lot of them… To determine whether an offense has a mandatory minimum...
Is There a Spousal Privilege in SC?

Is There a Spousal Privilege in SC?

Is there a spousal privilege in SC?  There is, although it is not always helpful. Spousal privilege in SC used to be a common-law rule that prohibited calling a person as a witness against their husband or wife. Now, spousal privilege in SC is statutory – the statute...