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32 busted in SC narcotics raid

Authorities in Horry County stated on November 7 that they recently apprehended 32 people in a drug raid. Furthermore, they have recovered several firearms, thousands of dollars worth of various illegal drugs, and thousands of dollars in cash, an article of News 13 reported.

According to reports, the people arrested, including two juveniles, were charged accordingly and their mugshots were taken. Horry County police reportedly seized heroin worth $24,000, cocaine worth $5,100, marijuana worth $3,000, and crack cocaine worth $1,600. Authorities told reports they also confiscated a Mercedes Benz vehicle and cash worth $10,000. In a press conference, Police Chief Joseph Hill stressed the importance of educating young people while they are in school to help them avoid getting involved in drugs. Hill also said the police continue to find ways to prevent young people from doing drugs.

Facing drug charges can be frightening, especially if you are unaware of the penalties and you are being threatened with imprisonment. However, if this happens to you in Columbia, get in touch with a lawyer at Truslow & Truslow today by calling (803) 256-6276.


Driver in fatal SC pedestrian crash facing charges

Charges were recently filed against a driver in South Carolina who caused a pedestrian accident that killed a college student, an October 30 article of timesunion.com reported.

According to reports, authorities from the City of Conway filed several charges against Edward Lee Washington on October 29 after he fatally struck Ryan Bielawa, 19. Washington, whom authorities charge with driving a vehicle while under the influence and causing death as well as having a suspended license, initially drove away after hitting Bielawa on a commercial street near the Coastal Carolina University. A bail worth $51,234 was set to Washington and he is currently booked at J. Reuben Long Detention Center. State authorities are assisting Conway police in investigating the incident.

Facing charges for crimes such as striking a pedestrian or causing a car accident can be frightening. Contact the Columbia defense attorneys at Truslow & Truslow today by calling (803) 256-6276 for immediate legal representation and to discuss the options you have.


Drunk Driver Sentenced in Fatal Crash that Kills Volunteer Fireman

Pendleton resident Charles Pickens was recently sentenced to 25 years in prison for a 2015 fatality that involved striking and killing a volunteer fireman with his vehicle and leaving the scene. The victim, Kenneth Stanton—a firefighter for the Sandy Springs community— was directing traffic in the aftermath of a previous collision at the time of the incident. Pickens swerved around emergency equipment left behind from the scene of the incident and subsequently hit Stanton, killing him, before hitting a fire truck and fleeing the scene.

Pickens was found later at his home, where he refused a breathalyzer test when prompted by officers. A warrant to test his blood eventually revealed that Pickens blood alcohol concentration was .254 percent—three times the legal limit.

Pickens was sentenced to 25 years, with 15 years of active service and five years of probation under charges of felony DUI with death and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death. Stanton’s family and members of the Sandy Springs fire department attended the plea hearing and remember him as a hero and valuable member of the community.

If you are facing felony DUI charges, you will absolutely need the counsel of qualified criminal defense lawyers. Don’t hesitate to contact the legal team at Truslow & Truslow for support in your case. Call our Columbia offices at (803) 256-6276.


Suspected drunk driver involved in SC fatal crash apprehended

A driver in Myrtle Beach involved in a fatal vehicular accident was recently arrested by authorities because she was under the influence of intoxicants, a report of News 13 reported on October 23rd.

Information coming from the Myrtle Beach Police revealed they arrested Patricia Mary Hale, 58, after she caused an accident on the Highway 17 Bypass. The two-vehicle collision happened after Hale disregarded a traffic sign and struck the vehicle containing two people at the intersection. A passenger from the second vehicle, identified as Samantha Herzig, succumbed to blunt trauma injuries as Hale’s vehicle struck the side of the vehicle where Herzig was seated. Hale, who is currently held on a $15,000 bond, was charged accordingly after telling authorities that she consumed multiple alcoholic beverage prior to the crash.

Facing a felony DUI is frightening experience, especially if there is a fatality involved. Immediately get in touch with the legal team at Truslow & Truslow in Columbia if you need help working past your charges today by calling (803) 256-6276.


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