Criminal Defense FAQs
It is in your best interest to consult a criminal defense lawyer as early as possible if you suspect you will be facing the criminal justice system. Whether or not you believe you have been wrongfully accused, an attorney will fight for your legal and constitutional rights, and monitor the proceedings for legality and fairness
No offense is minor when it’s you that is being charged. Let an experienced attorney help defend your rights because the consequences of going at it alone could be far too great to risk it.
It is possible that your MIP charge can have negative consequences on your ability to seek future scholarships or even hurt existing scholarships. It’s best that you speak to a knowledgeable attorney who can consult with you on a case by case basis rather than make a general assumption based on a similar situation that happened to a friend.
If you or someone you know is thinking about filing for bankruptcy, please take a look below to help guide you in your decisions. As always though, it’s best just to pick up the phone and give Mr. Angell a call to find out if filing for bankruptcy is your best option.
A Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a proceeding under federal law in which the debtor seeks relief from creditors. In such a case, the debtor must turn his or her nonexempt property, if any exists, over to a trustee, who then converts the property to cash and pays the debtor’s creditors. Most chapter 7 cases are no asset cases which means that all the property owned by the debtor is exempt under state law. In exchange for the liquidated property, if any, the debtor receives a Chapter 7 discharge. If the case is a no asset bankruptcy the debtor must simply pay the filing fee, be eligible for discharge, and follow the rules of the bankruptcy court.
A discharge is a release of the debtor from personal liability for certain specified types of debts. A debtor is no longer required by law to pay any debts that are discharged. The discharge orders creditors of the debtor to refrain from taking any form of collection action on discharged debts, including legal action, telephone calls, or letters. If a debtor intends to continue making payments on collateral securing a lien, such as a house or a boat, the creditor continues to have the legal right to foreclose or repossess any collateral due to non-payment. Certain types of debts cannot be discharged.
Certain debts cannot be discharged in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, such as alimony, child support, fraudulent debts, certain taxes, student loans, and certain items charged. (see South Carolina Exemptions
) Usually, large credit card debt and other unsecured bills coupled with few assets typify a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filer. In the vast majority of cases this type of bankruptcy is able to completely eliminate all of the filers debts.