Two South Carolina men have been arrested after the Rock Hill Police Department seized several stolen guns, phones, drugs, and a sum of money earlier last week. The police had an arrest warrant for an 18-year-old suspected of distributing marijuana, when they entered the house.
The men were charged with two counts of possession of a stolen pistol, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, as well as possession of crack-cocaine. The Rock Hill Multijurisdictional drug unit responded to the scene.
It is important that when a person allows police to enter his or her house, he understands his rights when is comes to warrant requirements. South Carolina has determined that a warrant legally and duly issued authorizes a law enforcement officer to arrest the individual named therein. Further, the South Carolina Constitution provides that “no warrants shall issue but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the person to be seized. S.C. Const. Article I, Section 10.
It has been long established in South Carolina that an arrest under a warrant not supported by oath or affirmation showing probable cause is illegal, entitling the person arrested to be discharged. Also, the arresting officer must be sure to show the warrant upon request; but, a known officer need not do so. It is important to note that, in South Carolina, the law presumes the arresting officer is known to the person arrested. State v. Higgins, 51 S.C. 51, 54-55 (1897).
The South Carolina Supreme Court has determined that a law enforcement officer is authorized to make a warrantless arrest based upon his knowledge that a valid arrest warrant has been issued against the defendant. State v. Grant, 310 S.C. 240 (1992). A search warrant, on the other hand, is prescribed by statute, and may be issued on an affidavit reciting the facts on information and belief and must show the source of the affiants information. Further, it must be sworn on information and belief that does not contain sufficient information, and must be supplemented by oral testimony before the issuing magistrate. The search warrant must be supported by probable cause by stating the facts related to the time of the issuance, so to justify probable cause at that exact time. State v. Corns, 310 S.C. 546, 548 (1992).
When police are at your door, and it is that moment before you ask them “can I see a warrant,” make sure that you know that an arrest warrant will be issued for a person, and a search warrant is that which is issued on the residence. A person who is implicated in a crime associated with a search warrant must know how to read such a document. The document must describe with particularity, the places to be searched, or the persons or things to be seized. If the holder of a warrant knocks on your door, make sure to read the document carefully. They may only search what is described in the warrant, unless an exception applies.
If you or a loved one has been subject to a warrantless search, or a search you think may have been conducted with a warrant absent probable cause, call the law offices of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP. We understand the law, and can interpret what probable cause the warrant has established. For a consultation, call 803-548-4444, or toll-free at 877-374-5999.
Four Rock Hill teenagers were arrested on Sunday morning after officers stumbled upon an underage drinking party with guns and empty bottle of liquor.
All four were charged with minor in possession of alcohol and one was charged with discharging a firearm in city limits. According to a police report, officers were called to Baylor Drive off Mount Gallant Road after someone called in to complain about a loud party on the top of a hill. When officers approached the house, they heard a gunshot from behind the residence along with chatter coming from the garage at the residence.
When police walked around the back of the house, they found one teenager who dropped a shotgun and had alcohol on his breath. Officers also found another teenager walking around the back of the house and a 15-year old girl hiding in the shed. After officers had knocked on the front door for a while, they arrested another teenager who came outside claiming he was asleep during the whole fiasco.
Contact the law offices of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower to consult with one of our criminal attorneys about any type of drug charges. Our criminal attorneys also handle many different types of criminal cases in addition to drug charges in North and South Carolina. We are licensed in both North Carolina and South Carolina, where you can contact us at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.
A Lincolnton, NC woman was fired this past week from her job as a nurse for allegedly taking prescription medication from the hospital. Now, authorities with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the incident.
According to the Lincoln County, NC Sheriff, the Sheriff’s Office received a call on February 4th regarding a disobedient employee. The Sheriff did not release the name of the nurse but said she had been fired because it was believed she was stealing a certain prescription medication. The woman is apparently from Gaston County, NC, but the Sheriff said she has not been charged with any crimes yet, but charges would be pending the results of his investigation.
Also, Carolina HealthCare System is investigating the allegations and incident to determine more information. The Hospital in Lincoln said that it is fully cooperating with any investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and would assist them in any matter brought before them.
If you or someone you know is facing prosecution for possession of a controlled substance, contact the law offices of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower to consult with one of our criminal lawyers. Our criminal attorneys handle many types of criminal cases in North and South Carolina and want to help you with your criminal drug charges. We are licensed in both North and South Carolina, where you can contact us at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.
Authorities with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have taken a man into custody they say was involved in a home invasion.
According to a report, officers were dispatched to a residence in the 300 block of Skyland Avenue a little before 1 a.m. Thursday. A man had called 911 and stated he witnessed a man removing a window screen on a neighbor’s home. When police arrived at the scene, the found a window shattered with a cinderblock next to the broken glass in the yard. Officers at the front door then observed someone walking inside the home.
Officers outside then called the homeowner of the residence who stated he was not at home at that time. The homeowner came home a short time after, but not before the officers found a man hiding behind his couch. The man was taken into custody and is being charged with breaking and entering, larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting arrest.
Any burglary or drug charge can bring many difficulties in an individual’s life. Contact the law offices of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower to consult with one of our criminal attorneys. Our criminal attorneys handle many types of criminal cases in North and South Carolina, including criminal drug and burglary cases. Our criminal attorneys also understand the hardships facing criminal defendants that come with any criminal charges. We are licensed in both North and South Carolina, where you can contact us at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.
A Rock Hill man looking to get high was found with a large knife he apparently stole from Walmart, according to authorities.
Police arrested the man and charged him with possession of a controlled substance. He was being held in jail under a $570 bond.
According to a police report, officers were parked at a nearby restaurant when they watched a man walk in front of a Dick’s Sporting Goods Store and peer around corners as if he were being watched. Officers then approached him as the man walked in front of a different clothing line store.
The man said he was just going for a walk because he was unable to sleep. Officers searched the man and found a large machete on his person along with three bags of marijuana and a device used for smoking marijuana. The man said he stole the knife from Walmart a little earlier in the day before he was looking for a place to get high.
If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges, contact the law offices of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower to consult with one of our criminal attorneys. Our criminal attorneys handle many types of criminal cases in North and South Carolina. Our criminal attorneys understand the hardships that come with any criminal charges and want to help you or someone you know through his/her difficult time. We are licensed in both North and South Carolina, where you can contact us at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.
A Tegay Cay man had been fooling hospital authorities for some time now. According to a report, the man used five different names over a period of almost six years to obtain prescription pills from the Piedmont Medical Center.
Authorities stated that the man obtained the prescription pills by giving the hospital different false names, birthdates, and Social Security numbers to obtain the pills. A nurse and hospital director also stated to police the man came to the hospital on Friday morning complaining of pain and asking for a prescription. One of the nurses identified the man as having used a previous different name at the hospital.
Upon further investigation, the nurse found the man had been to the hospital before and he used different names to obtain controlled substances. Apparently, the man realized police were coming to question him at the hospital as he attempted to eavesdrop a conversation between a nurse and police officer. Authorities located the man in the hospital parking lot where he stated he went to grab his debit card. Officers placed the man under arrest for attempting to obtain the prescription pills and for driving under suspended license as his license had been suspended at the time of arrest.
Any criminal charge can bring hardship to the person facing the accusations. Contact the law offices of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower to consult with one of our criminal attorneys. Our criminal attorneys handle many types of criminal cases in North and South Carolina, including drug charges. Our criminal attorneys want to help you or someone you know with his/her drug charges. We are licensed in both North and South Carolina, where you can contact us at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.