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Arrested for Cursing at a Cop – Do You Have a Civil Rights Claim?

Can you be arrested for cursing at a cop? What about using profanity in public, criticizing a police officer, or flipping someone off? If you are arrested for expressing your opinion – whether it involved using profanity, flipping off a police officer, or complaining about how a cop is doing their job, you may have ...


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K-9 Police Dogs – Acceptable Uses and Police Liability

If you are attacked or bitten by a K-9 police dog, is the officer or police department liable for damages? They might be – although SC law provides limited immunity for the actions of police dogs acting in their law enforcement capacity, the dog handler and their agency must comply with the requirements of SC ...


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Types of Damages Available After a Motorcycle Accident in SC

What types of damages are available after a motorcycle crash in Charleston, SC?  Although motorcycle accidents can be more dangerous than your average car wreck – often resulting in catastrophic injuries or death, the categories of damages that can be recovered are the same as for an auto collision or most other types of personal ...


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What’s the Difference Between the SC State Tort Claims Act and 42 USC § 1983?

What’s the difference between the SC State Tort Claims Act (SCSTCA) and 42 USC § 1983?  If you want to sue the government for anything – police misconduct, false arrest, breach of a contract, or even an auto accident with a government vehicle – you must file suit under a statute or theory that gives ...


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Bike Repairs After a Motorcycle Accident: Getting Full Compensation

How do you get full compensation from the insurance company for your bike repairs after a motorcycle crash? Whether the motorcycle accident resulted in personal injury or just damage to your bike, the at-fault driver’s insurance company should pick up the bill. But will they? Rest assured, every insurance company’s goal is to make money. ...


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Rule 411: Why Aren’t Plaintiffs Allowed to Talk About Insurance at Trial?

Rule 411 usually prohibits plaintiffs from even mentioning insurance at trial – why? Almost every defendant has insurance - unless they have substantial assets to pay a verdict, most defendants would not be in trial unless they had insurance. Is it because jurors would return unfair, excessive damage awards if they knew that an insurance ...


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Lane Splitting – Motorcycle Laws in SC

Lane splitting, a controversial practice that some motorcyclists advocate for, is not legal in SC. Lane filtering, a more common-sense approach that would make motorcyclists safer and reduce traffic jams, is also illegal in our state. Let’s talk about lane splitting in SC – below we will discuss: What are lane splitting, lane filtering, and ...