Posts by A. Randolph Hough
How Do You Get a Pardon in South Carolina?
If a person is convicted of a crime in South Carolina state court, then the pardon cannot come from the President. In many states, a pardon is granted by that state’s governor, though in South Carolina pardons are granted by the seven-member Board of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services. To secure a pardon, two-thirds of…Read More
A Detailed Look at Trump’s Presidential Pardons
During his four years as president, Donald Trump has granted clemency to approximately 100 individuals, with a flurry of pardons going out at the end of the year as his presidency wraps up. A few days before Christmas, President Trump pardoned or commuted the sentences of over 40 people, and is assumed to grant between…Read More
Domestic Assault Rates Rose During the Early Days of the Covid-19 Pandemic
South Carolina is known for many things. We have great golf courses, beautiful beaches, and world-famous southern hospitality. In fact, Charleston is often ranked as the friendliest city in the world. We also have a high rate of assault and domestic violence crimes. The state has been making progress toward decreasing violent offenses, but the…Read More
Can Medications Affect a Datamaster Breath Test?
If you are arrested for DUI in South Carolina, under most circumstances, you will be asked by the police to submit to a breath test. Breath test machines (South Carolina uses the Datamaster DMT) can give false positive results or overstate your blood alcohol content. This false result can help bolster the case for the…Read More
Can I Get a DUI On a Boat in South Carolina?
Summer is here, and many of us want to get our boats out on the water and have a good time. A large number of those boats on the water are going to have coolers onboard. In South Carolina, it is not against the law to drink an alcoholic beverage while you are operating a…Read More
From One Lawyer to Another: Protecting College Students Charged with DUI
Your friend’s child is in college and is arrested for DUI. Your friend calls you because you are a lawyer and you will know what to do. Will you? As a lawyer, you already know that it is important to determine when the court date is, and that will be on the ticket and the bond…Read More
Should I Get a Lawyer if I’m Charged with DUI in Charleston or Columbia?
Anytime you’re arrested it’s in your best interest to hire a good criminal defense attorney to explain and protect your rights and fight for you. A driving under the influence arrest (DUI) can cause ripple effects that you never may have anticipated. Most of the time when people are pulled over and are asked to…Read More
How the Criminal Justice System Is Handling Covid-19
By now, everyone is familiar with Covid-19, the disease caused by the Coronavirus that has made its way across the globe in record time. Unexplained deaths are being attributed to this notorious virus that’s taking lives of everyone from infants to the elderly with no discrimination or hesitation as to when or why. The entire…Read More
Can a Criminal Record Affect Your Ability to Obtain a Loan through the CARES Act Stimulus Package?
One of the key aims of the CARES Act is to help small businesses obtain loans in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has caused many small businesses to lay off employees, cut expenses, and make other adjustments to hopefully avoid having to shut down completely. According to the Marshall Project, there’s a major…Read More
Why You Want an Attorney to Represent You at an OMVH Hearing after a DUI Arrest
The South Carolina Office of Motor Vehicle Hearings (OMVH) hears your DUI administrative hearing. An administrative hearing determines whether your license should be suspended because your breath test result was .15 or more because you refused to submit to a breath test. It is not a hearing to determine if you should be found guilty…Read More