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Gerald Davis

Gerald Davis

 

   Gerald J. Davis is a trial attorney and Vietnam Veteran. He received his law degree from the University of South Carolina in 1997.Mr. Davis retired as a “State Trooper” from the State of South Carolina in 1994. During his tenure with the Highway Patrol, he investigated accidents and made arrests for various criminal and traffic violations. This valuable experience makes him uniquely qualified as a trial attorney to represent his clients with knowledge and skills gained from all sides of a wide spectrum of diverse issues.

Thursday, 18 April 2019 20:36

DUI's in South Carolina


If you are wondering what a DUI charge means it is when a person is found to be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A DUI law can prevent driving under the influence of an alcoholic drink, driving under the influence of drugs, or driving under the combined influence of alcohol and drugs regardless of your blood-alcohol level.

If you or a loved one is facing a DUI, The Davis Law Firm can help we have an experienced lawyer that has a lot of experience dealing with DUI charges and help have your charges reduced.


DUI charges are considered to be among the most severe of driving offenses mostly because they cause over one-third of all traffic fatalities alone. This is why DUI's also tend to carry more substantial penalties.


There are three kinds of drunk driving laws:
The first of course is driving under the influence. Every single state in America has a DUI listed as a crime. DUIs are defined as driving or operating a vehicle including ATV's, while intoxicated or under the influence of other legal or illegal substances.

Some types of DUIs can be charged as a felony, which is a severe crime that can result in you being incarcerated.


To determine if a person is guilty of a DUI they must be able to prove that the person was caught operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs with a BAC level of.08%.


Some DUIs such as first offenses, for example usually are treated as misdemeanors, under some circumstances the offense can be listed as a felony, which is far more serious.

If a person causes the death or injuries to someone as the consequence of driving while under the influence of alcohol the person driving the vehicle can be found guilty of a felony and can face time in state prison for years. Prior convictions for misdemeanors under-the-influence or at-or-over-.08% will typically result in a longer prison term.

In some states, a third or fourth DUI can be enough alone to have a driver charged with a felony. In these cases, it will not matter if another person was killed or injured as a result.


Anyone facing a DUI should immediately consult with an experienced attorney. A knowledgeable attorney can help explain the laws in your area and know the local prosecuting office’s plea bargaining tendencies, and also the impact a DUI can have on your driver’s license. Call The Davis Law Firm Today to see if we can help you.

 

Thursday, 18 April 2019 20:27

Don't Touch The Playstation

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - A Nashville man has been charged with domestic assault after someone unplugged his PlayStation, according to police.

Police said Joshua Stone got into an argument with the victim while playing video games. He told officers the woman unplugged the PlayStation, so he body-slammed her.

 

The woman suffered injuries to her head.

 

 

Sunday, 07 April 2019 14:55

Benefits of Hiring an Attorney


There are numerous legal matters in which the aid of having a legal representative would be a huge benefit to you. For example, personal injuries, breach of contract, criminal cases, divorce, lost claims, and of course if you are facing jail time. Many people believe that they cannot afford a lawyer and try to represent themselves in legal claims, but what they do not realize is that hiring a lawyer would benefit them immensely and give them a greater chance at having a better legal outcome. Some of the benefits of having an attorney are:


Attorneys are very knowledgeable when it comes to the law and its processes. They understand and are more experienced with the legal procedures which would probably be unfamiliar to us. They know which legal documents to file, how to fill out the proper forms, the statute of limitations, and legal technicalities that can seem a bit overwhelming to someone less experienced in these matters.

Attorneys have been to numerous trials with cases just like yours, and a qualified attorney can give you an estimate on how far they believe your case would have to go and how to best resolve your lawsuit. Also, an experienced attorney can usually tell if they think they have a good chance of winning a case or not.

The average person can find it difficult to fill out and file the proper legal documents and keep up with the deadlines and protocols, but with the help of a skillful attorney, it makes these matters so much easier. Your lawyer can handle all the hard work, and you can relax knowing they have everything under control. A skilled legal representative knows what the best options are for you and can guide you in making the right choices that ensure a better outcome for you. Lawyers have the expertise to negotiate for a fair or even higher settlement with insurance agencies or the opposing party.

Attorneys have experience working with different defense lawyers and have a broad knowledge on how to handle your case to help get you the best result. A lawyers job is not just to be your legal adviser, but to also be a helping hand in times of need. Since they have dealt with similar claims, they understand the stress and anxiety it can cause, and the best part of all is that you won’t have to be anxious about confiding everything to your lawyer since everything you say will be kept confidential.

If you are in need of a lawyer call The Davis Law Firm today!

 


Traffic tickets are given to a person that breaches a traffic law in Santee South Carolina. Drivers need to obey various kinds of traffic laws since receiving a ticket could result in a high fine and points lost on your driver's license. Apart from fines and tickets, some traffic violations can mean incarceration if the offense is great enough.

Examples of Traffic Violations
Traffic violations are usually classified into two categories: major and minor. Minor traffic violations involve parking violations and some types of driving offenses. These violations are not typically held against a permanent driver's record, even though a person can be detained for offenses that are not paid on time. Another type of traffic violations is seat belt violations. Severe violations are usually moving violations such as leaving the scene of an accident or reckless driving. Also, drunk driving is considered a major traffic violation and can result in jail time and having your license revoked.

Amongst these types of violations, the most common is speeding. In Santee, South Carolina state regulations set the speed limit of an area. Speed limit violations are classified in two ways: fixed maximum and prima facie. The fixed maximum limit means that it is unlawful to go over the speed limit at any time and anyplace. In contrast, the prima facie allows drivers the opportunity to justify the speed of their driving as safe and lawful.

Examples of minor traffic violations:


Driving over the speed limit
Not stopping at a red light or stop sign
Not using the proper signals when changing lanes or turning
Driving in the wrong lane
Driving in a median or a center divider
Illegally driving on the shoulder
Failure to wear a seat belt
Illegally passing a school bus

 

If you or a loved one have a traffic violation hiring a lawyer can help in reducing fines and points, and in some cases, your lawyer may be able to have them dropped completely. Here at The Davis Law Firm, we have years of experience in helping our clients get the very best outcome in these types of situations.

Recurring tickets can result in your insurance premiums going up substantially. Tickets commonly fall into two groups, non-moving violations, and moving violations. Even though this differs from state to state, non-moving violations like parking tickets or a broken headlight will usually not change your insurance premiums. Consulting your lawyer can help give you peace of mind since they can review your citation and advise you in what action you should take and whether or not these violations can go against your driver's record and if it will affect your insurance rates.

Moving Violations
Moving violations generally prompt your insurance rates to increase, and if you ignore them or if you or a loved one are a repeat offender it may lead to incarceration and also result in having your driver's license suspended. The severity of the traffic violation can also have an impact.


If you are a repeat offender, the state considers that you just aren't receiving the message. This differs by state, but in most cases, if a person has more than one traffic violation within a 12 or 18-month period, they will not be allowed to have those points revoked for the subsequent offenses.

Time and Points
The duration of time traffic violations remain on someone's record also differs by state. For a routine speeding ticket, not including an aggressive one, the average length is three years and typically counts as one point on a driving record. Again, this differs by state and speaking with your attorney can help make sure that you know the correct laws and procedures for Santee South Carolina.

Examples of aggressive driving usually involve:

Road rage
Driving over 30 mph above the speeding limit
Having multiple speeding tickets in a short time frame
Drag or street racing

One should always consult their attorney since an experienced lawyer knows how to best proceed with traffic tickets and violations and know the proper way to have tickets and violations reduced or even dropped.

Call The Davis Law Firm in Orangeburg SC today to see if we can help you!

Saturday, 23 February 2019 16:31

Overdose in walmart & someone is hiding eggs?

Orangeburg County

Sheriff’s Office

Orangeburg County EMS responded to Walmart on North Road around 9 p.m. Thursday after two men appeared to have passed out inside of the business.

 

According to a sheriff’s office incident report, the two men – an 18-year-old and a 37-year-old – overdosed on drugs.

The report says that while EMS treated the 18-year-old, 20.4 grams of a green leafy substance, three blue pills and one pink pill fell from his pocket.

Deputies say the green substance resembles marijuana. The pink pill was identified as morphine, but the blue pills have not yet been identified, the report said.

EMS transported both men to the Regional Medical Center for treatment and further evaluation.

The incident is still under investigation.

 

AKRON, Ohio – An inmate at a federal penitentiary in Atlanta appeared to admit his role in a 2010 murder during an uninterrupted, 49-minute Facebook Live broadcast, according to WJW.

Joseph Fletcher, 30, who was once described by Ohio police as 'one of Akron's most dangerous individuals,' is currently finishing a 39-month prison sentence on a weapons charge.

He is scheduled to be released in May.

On Saturday, however, Fletcher took to Facebook from what appears to have been a phone smuggled into his prison cell.

During the unsupervised Facebook Live video Fletcher calls himself a 'motivational speaker for gangsters,' says he 'runs Akron' and discusses the September 2010 murder of LaDonte Smith, who was found shot to death inside a car in the 700 block of Wall Street.

In 2011, Anthony Smart, also known as "Champy," took responsibility for the crime, pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter in a negotiated plea with Summit County prosecutors.

In his Facebook video on Saturday, Fletcher says "if it wasn't for Champy I'd have a life sentence right now."

"You know I still got love for (Tay). The streets is mean like ... But RIP Tay," said Fletcher.

"What happened happened; it's a cold game. I'm talking about, it's a cold game. I seen it with my own eyes," he added.

Later in the video, Fletcher appears to point his fingers as if he is pointing a gun and says (eliminating his expletives) "I did it, everybody know I did it. I love Tay ... a situation presented itself ... you can't be mad...," and told a viewer of his video...."you ain't going to do nothing about it."

The video caught the attention of Smith's mother, Lashoane Andrus, who says she has reservations about whether Smart actually was the one who killed her son.

"It really hurt me. I sat at the table for like a half hour just sitting there, just staring, just watching the video over and over again because my thing is I can’t understand how you said you did it and in the same breath turn around and say, ‘I love Tay,’” said Andrus.

Andrus also questions how a federal prisoner could have the ability to carry out a lengthy interactive Facebook video from inside his cell.

"He runs Akron. Like everybody is supposed to be scared of him, including Akron police. It's like nobody can do anything to him," said Andrus, who told WJW she is not scared. "I was actually going to call the federal prison today and find out how he got that phone, but I had heard they got it already so I'm sure it's under investigation now."

Because of his history in the area, Fletcher has been ordered by a federal judge not to return to Northeast Ohio following his release.

In his video, he acknowledges that he is not welcome back in Northeast Ohio.

"Every law enforcement up there hate me," he told his Facebook audience.

Akron police are aware of the video but they are not commenting on it.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons could not, as of Tuesday, explain how he was able to get a cellphone into his cell to be able to post the live video.

 Read the original article and watch the video here: https://fox17online.com

Tuesday, 22 January 2019 11:45

Can you steal a bike from a police station?

 

 The words "Gladstone Police" printed in large letters on a window next to a bicycle rack wasn't enough of a deterrent for an alleged thief, whom Oregon officers accuse of trying to steal a bike right from under their noses. A surveillance video shared Monday on Facebook—viewed more than 360,000 times—shows a man with bolt cutters fidgeting with a bike chained to the rack outside the doors of the Gladstone Police Department on Dec. 27, per NBC News. An officer then emerges and confronts the masked suspect, pushing him against a wall as he looks ready to flee. Per Fox News, Adam Valle, 26, is now facing charges of theft, criminal mischief, and felony possession of weapons, along with headlines questioning his intelligence. (Read more weird crimes stories.)

Original story at: http://www.newser.com

Wednesday, 02 January 2019 08:42

Need a belt? would be robber loses his pants

 

This story comes from: https://globalnews.ca

Police in Pueblo, Colo., announced Tuesday that they had arrested the man recorded on cellphone camera trying to rob a woman – until his falling pants get in the way.

According to police, 26-year-old Jeremy Aragon was behind the attempted robbery outside the Family Dollar Store on East 4th Street this past Sunday.

 

The video of the violent robbery attempt was captured by Macy Story, who noticed what appeared to be a violent altercation between a man and a female store employee.

“I would have jumped in if I thought he was going to hurt her,” Story told KOAA News. “I wanted to have my camera out there because police need evidence.”

 

Story’s video is a strange mixture of horror and slapstick: Aragon attempts to wrest a pair of speakers from the store employee’s hands, only to be foiled when his baggy jeans refuse to stay up.

Eventually, preservation of dignity outweighed the material gain of his criminal enterprise, and Aragon fled the scene – as best he could, what with his pants issues and all.

“He took her ring too,” Story said. “He had pulled it off her finger and her hands were all bloody.”

Pueblo Police announced Tuesday that they had arrested and charged Aragon after he was identified with help from the public, after video of the robbery went viral in the Pueblo community.

“Ironically, when he stood up in our interview room, his pants fell down [again],” Pueblo Police Capt. Eric Bravo told KOAA.

Original article and video can be found at: https://globalnews.ca

 

 

 

 

 

A pair of alleged credit card thieves were apprehended in a convenience store in Alberta, Canada. When approached by the police, the female member of the duo tried to evade arrest by hiding above the store’s ceiling panels, only to come crashing through to the floor.

 

Source: nypost.com

Tuesday, 04 December 2018 19:45

Macaroni Salad

 

Never trust the macaroni salad. It’ll turn on you when you least expect it.

This, after police in Mt. Morris, New York, apprehended three burglary suspects Sunday by following a trail of macaroni salad they left behind while making their getaway.

In a release published Monday morning, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office reports thieves broke in and stole a cash register from Build-A-Burger Restaurant, along with the establishment’s entire surveillance system and a large bowl of macaroni salad.

Deputies were hot on the criminals’ trail, literally, as they attempted to escape via the nearby Greenway Trail.

“Found along the trail were cash register parts, surveillance system parts, rubber gloves, loose change and a steady trail of macaroni salad,” the sheriff’s office said. “It was later discovered that the suspects stole a large bowl of macaroni salad, which they took turns eating, along their escape route.”

 

Officers arrested Matthew P. Sapetko, 34, James P. Marullo, 35, and Timothy S. Walker Jr., 23, by early Sunday afternoon. The three have been charged with third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief and fourth-degree grand larceny. Walker faces additional charges for criminal possession of a controlled substance, say police.

Per the Democrat & Chronicle, the three have been booked into the Livingston County Jail. Most of the stolen property has been recovered.

 

Original story credit: https://www.huffingtonpost.com

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