South Carolina Criminal Law & Vehicle Handbook: 2023-2024 Edition

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South Carolina Criminal Law & Vehicle Handbook: 2023-2024 Edition

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Features a comprehensive presentation of South Carolina’s criminal law and procedure, motor vehicle and traffic laws, juvenile provisions, as well as hundreds of related statutes that law enforcement officials, attorneys, and criminal justice professionals use most often. The newest Blue360° Media Edition also includes a valuable presentation of Police Procedure: Arrest, Search and Seizure and Confession Law, and a listing of applicable sections affected by legislation during the latest session.

In this definitive collection of law enforcement and criminal-justice related statutes, the South Carolina Criminal Law and Motor Vehicle Handbook provides comprehensive coverage of this State’s Criminal Law (Title 16: Crimes and Offenses), Criminal Procedures (Title 17), the laws related to Motor Vehicles and Highways (Titles 56 & 57), Domestic Relations (Title 20), Law Enforcement and Public Safety (Title 23), Corrections (Title 24), Health (Title 44, Including Controlled Substances), Children’s Code and Juvenile Justice (Title 63), Alcoholic Beverages (Title 61), along with selected provisions of related statutes that law enforcement officials, attorneys, and criminal justice professionals use most often. The newest Blue360° Media Edition also includes a valuable presentation of Police Procedure: Arrest, Search and Seizure and Confession Law for an officer’s constitutional practice, a listing of applicable sections affected by legislation during the latest session, along with an extensive index and table of contents for quick access to each area of the law.

       This publication is the perfect companion to the South Carolina Criminal and Traffic Law Field Guide, which is an easy-to-use, indispensable reference tool for all of this State’s law enforcement officers and criminal justice professionals. The conveniently-sized Field Guideclearly and concisely sets forth the material elements of the most important and commonly charged criminal and motor vehicle statutes, along with presenting the penalties for each offense and Case Notes identifying relevant court decisions for quick reference and analysis.

(Table of Contents from 2023-2024 edition. For informational purposes only)

Legislative Highlights

Table of Sections Affected by Recent Legislation

South Carolina Legal Guidelines



Chapter 1. Felonies and Misdemeanors; Accessories

Chapter 3. Offenses Against the Person

Chapter 5. Offenses Against Civil Rights

Chapter 7. Offenses Against the Peace

Chapter 8. Offenses Promoting Civil Disorder

Chapter 9. Offenses Against Public Justice

Chapter 11. Offenses Against Property

Chapter 13. Forgery, Larceny, Embezzlement, False Pretenses and Cheats

Chapter 14. Financial Transaction Card Crime Act

Chapter 15. Offenses Against Morality and Decency

Chapter 16. Computer Crime Act

Chapter 17. Offenses Against Public Policy

Chapter 19. Gambling and Lotteries

Chapter 21. Offenses Involving Motor Vehicle Titles

Chapter 23. Offenses Involving Weapons

Chapter 25. Criminal Domestic Violence

Chapter 27. Animal Fighting and Baiting Act



Chapter 1. General Provisions

Chapter 3. Defense of Indigents

Chapter 4. Commission and Office of Appellate Defense [Repealed]

Chapter 5. Coroners and Medical Examiners

Chapter 7. Autopsies and Inquest on the Dead

Chapter 9. Extradition

Chapter 11. Interstate Agreement on Detainers

Chapter 13. Arrest, Process, Searches and Seizures

Chapter 15. Bail and Recognizances

Chapter 17. Habeas Corpus

Chapter 19. Indictments

Chapter 21. Venue

Chapter 22. Intervention Programs

Chapter 23. Pleading and Trial

Chapter 24. Mentally Ill or Insane Defendants

Chapter 25. Judgment and Execution

Chapter 27. Uniform Post‑Conviction Procedure Act

Chapter 28. Access to Justice Post Conviction DNA Testing

Chapter 29. Pen Registers and Trap and Trace Devices

Chapter 30. Interception of Wire, Electronic, or Oral Communications


Title 20. Domestic Relations [Selected Provisions.]

Title 22. Magistrates and Constables [Selected Provisions.]



Chapter 1. General Provisions

Chapter 3. South Carolina Law-Enforcement Division

Chapter 4. Criminal Justice Committee and Programs

Chapter 6. Department of Public Safety

Chapter 7. State Constables

Chapter 9. State Fire Marshal

Chapter 11. Sheriffs—Election, Qualifications and Vacancies in Office

Chapter 13. Deputy Sheriffs Generally

Chapter 15. General Powers and Duties of Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs

Chapter 17. Liabilities of Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs

Chapter 19. Sheriffs’ Fees and Accounting with Successor

Chapter 21. Police Commissioners in Cities of 20,000 to 50,000

Chapter 23. Law Enforcement Training Council

Chapter 24. Off‑Duty Private Jobs of Law Enforcement Officers

Chapter 25. Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame

Chapter 27. Police Districts in Unincorporated Communities

Chapter 28. Reserve Police Officers

Chapter 29. Subversive Activities Registration Act [Repealed]

Chapter 31. Firearms

Chapter 33. Missiles

Chapter 35. Fireworks and Explosives

Chapter 36. Explosives Control Act

Chapter 39. Hazardous Substances Act

Chapter 41. Arson Reporting‑Immunity Act

Chapter 50. South Carolina Crimestoppers Act

Chapter 51. Reduced Cigarette Ignition Propensity Standards and Firefighter Protection Act


Title 24. Corrections, Jails, Probations, Paroles and Pardons [Selected Provisions.]

Title 34. Banking, Financial Institutions and Money [Selected Provisions.]

Title 39. Trade and Commerce [Selected Provisions.]

Title 43. Social Services [Selected Provisions.]

Title 44. Health [Selected Provisions.]

Title 47. Animals, Livestock and Poultry [Selected Provisions.]

Title 50. Fish, Game and Watercraft [Selected Provisions.]

Title 55 Aeronautics [Selected Provisions.]



Chapter 1. Driver’s License

Chapter 2. Specialized Vehicles

Chapter 3. Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing

Chapter 5. Uniform Act Regulating Traffic on Highways

Chapter 7. Traffic Tickets

Chapter 9. Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Act

Chapter 10. Motor Vehicle Registration and Financial Security

Chapter 11. Road Tax on Motor Carriers

Chapter 15. Regulation of Manufacturers, Distributors and Dealers

Chapter 16. Regulation of Motorcycle Manufacturers, Distributors, Dealers, and Wholesalers

Chapter 17. Criminal Penalties

Chapter 19. Protection of Titles to and Interests in Motor Vehicles

Chapter 21. Regulation of Traffic at State Institutions

Chapter 23. Driver Training Schools

Chapter 25. Nonresident Traffic Violator Compacts

Chapter 27. Professional Housemoving

Chapter 28. Enforcement of Motor Vehicle Express Warranties

Chapter 29. Motor Vehicle Chop Shop, Stolen, and Altered Property Act

Chapter 31. Rental of Private Passenger Automobiles

Chapter 32. Motor Vehicle Damage Disclosure Act

Chapter 35. Idling Restrictions for Commercial Diesel Vehicles


Title 57. Highways, Bridges and Ferries [Selected Provisions.]

Title 58. Public Utilities, Services and Carriers [Selected Provisions.]

Title 59. Education [Selected Provisions.]

Title 61. Alcohol and Alcoholic Beverages [Selected Provisions.]



Chapter 1. State Policy and General Provisions

Chapter 3. Family Court

Chapter 5. Legal Status of Children

Chapter 7. Child Protection and Permanency

Chapter 9. Adoptions

Chapter 11. Children’s Services Agencies

Chapter 13. Childcare Facilities

Chapter 15. Child Custody and Visitation

Chapter 17. Paternity and Child Support

Chapter 19. Juvenile Justice Code



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