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Breakin' the Law

It doesn't matter if you're just drunk and "borrow" a bike, or decide to try out that new ID you bought off Shady Sal, or maybe you just piss off your neighbors by cranking Lil' Wayne full blast at 4 a.m. — all these can buy you time in the Chucktown slammer, or at the very least shave a few zeros off your bank statement. It's true the po-po are there to keep you safe, but when you're the one screwing around with the law, don't expect them to cut you much slack.

We'll start off by telling you there is a silver lining if you screw up. Pre-trial intervention (PTI) and the alcohol education programs (AEP) are two options that South Carolina offers to help out first-time offenders of non-violent crimes, and they can keep your record clean. (Don't forget, jobs are way harder to nail when you've got a rap sheet.) PTI and the AEP are both options for people with previously clean records that will cost you $350, plus time going to classes and doing community service. Each can be completed once, but AEP is only for those with alcohol-related offences who are under age 21.



What Happened?

The bouncer at the dive bar realizes that you bear no resemblance to the person on your fake ID. Specifically, you are not a 35-year-old Asian woman.

What's Next?

You'll be fined over $200, unless you're eligible for AEP or PTI. If you're a resident of South Carolina, you'll lose your drivers license for three months.



What Happened?

You're having a good ol' time at a frat party when there's a loud knock at the door. Everyone freezes, a cop enters, and you've got a can of PBR in your hand. He asks to see everyone's ID. Busted.

What's Next?

This usually goes hand-in-hand with a fake ID and the same penalties apply.


What Happened?

You have a few friends over and before you know it an impromptu jam session/shouting match is going on on the front porch, and a few folks are vomiting over the railings. Strangely enough, the neighbors hear you and call the 5-0.

What's Next?

This is a matter for the livability court and completely at the judge's discretion. Generally there's a fine depending on the number of officers that were called to the scene, running around $400-$500. Community service and/or a program at CofC are sometimes issued as well, if you're a student there. (Hint: Keep it down between 11 p.m.-7 a.m. The city has a loud-noise ordinance. Getting to know your neighbors doesn't hurt either.)


What Happened?

You're of legal drinking age, and you're walking to a friend's house, koozied beer in hand (the cops will just think it's a Coke, right?). But this ain't Savannah, kids. Open containers are prohibited.

What's Next?

Pay a fine of $262 if you plead or are found guilty. If the person chooses to plead not guilty a regular trial takes place.


What Happened?

You're walking home from a party when you notice a Steelers flag hanging on a neighbor's porch that your Pittsburgher roomie would just love. Your altruism results in a quick snatch and run right into the arms of the fuzz.

What's Next?

This is considered petit larceny (anything under $200), and the fine is $470. Anything over $200 and they'll gouge you even worse ... so try to resist taking a joy ride on that Vespa.


What Happened?

The only time you litter is when you get a parking ticket. To the ground she goes. But those tickets don't just disappear.

What's Next?

Fines vary, but the cost of tickets go up after 15 days, and the cops will boot your car. No joke.


What Happened?

You're caught enjoying a little reefer madness with your friends.

What's Next?

Expect a fine of $570 for first-time offenders. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

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