Category: Property Crimes

Arson in South Carolina

The Crime of Arson Defined The crime of arson requires an intentional burning to a structure of some kind. Specifically, S.C. Code § 16-11-110 defines arson as willfully and maliciously; causing an explosion in or near; or setting a fire to; or burning; or causing to be burned either a building which results in damage [..]

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Criminal Trespass in South Carolina

Criminal Trespass Defined A defendant may be held liable under civil law and may also be held liable under criminal law for trespass. S.C. Code § 16-11-620 defines criminal trespass as an entry into the dwelling house or place of business or on the premises of another without legal cause or good excuse after having [..]

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Shoplifting in South Carolina

Shoplifting Defined Most of us are familiar with the crime of shoplifting; shoplifting put simply is the wrongful taking and/or carrying away of a merchant’s merchandise. (See S.C. Code § 16-13-110 (2003)). defines shoplifting in three different ways and while there are slight differences, all three definitions have at least one thing in common: the [..]

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Larceny in South Carolina

Grand Larceny S.C. Code § 16-13-30 defines larceny as the carrying and taking away of personal property valued at more than one thousand dollars belonging to the person of another with the intent to deprive the owner of possession and to convert the goods to the use of the offender. Elements of Grand Larceny Explained [..]

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Burglary in South Carolina

Background of Burglary Until 1985 burglary was exclusively a common law offense in South Carolina and punishable by no less than life imprisonment unless the jury recommended mercy in which case the penalty could be reduced to no less than five years incarceration. At common law, burglary is defined as the breaking and entering of [..]

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Forgery in South Carolina

  Defined The crime of forgery is defined by S.C. Code Ann. § 16-13-10 (2003) as follows: it is unlawful for a person to: falsely make, forge, or counterfeit; cause or procure to be falsely made, forged, or counterfeited; or willfully act or assist in the false making, forging, or counterfeiting of any writing or [..]

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