When you are charged with a crime or are involved in an accident, it can seem like the world is crashing down around you. Between the threat of incarceration and the chance of financial loss, these foreboding situations often feel overwhelming. Friends and family cut ties, your employer threatens termination, and life seems hopeless. It is imperative to have a fighter on your side during these trying times: one that will stick with you through thick and thin, without any judgments.
Welcome to the Law Office of Richard Waring: where defending your rights and freedoms is paramount in securing your future.
Richard implements a powerfully simple yet effective model for all his clients’ cases:
When you are ready to fight back against the allegations against you, it is time to call the Law Office of Richard Waring – a criminal defense attorney on Isle of Palms, SC, with the knowledge, experience, and drive to defend you during your most difficult time.
Richard Waring began his commitment to community service years ago. As a young man, he would spend his summers volunteering his time to help needy communities.
As an adult, his desire to help others manifested itself while I served as a prosecutor for "close to 10 years."?. During this time, he would take part in some of the most difficult trials in the Lowcountry’s history. He prosecuted thousands of individuals for crimes such as assault and battery, armed robbery, drug crimes, DUI, financial crimes, and even murder.
His time as a prosecutor was priceless, giving him valuable insight and knowledge into the inner workings of Isle of Palms’s legal system. Today, Richard uses that experience to vigorously defend good, hardworking men and women whose freedoms are only one judgment away from disappearing.
Whether you made a mistake and need a second chance or have been wrongfully accused of a crime, you need a professional who has put in time on both sides. At the Law Office of Richard Waring, you can rest easy knowing this former prosecutor will fight tooth and nail for your freedom.
When you are charged with a crime, it can become a horrible experience. The range of emotions one goes through can be taxing: embarrassment, humiliation, regret, sadness, despair. The domino effect that often happens when charged with a crime can be awful, as well: loss of job, abandonment by your family or significant other, dirty looks from those in your community.
Fortunately, a criminal defense attorney in Isle of Palms, SC, can help restore your reputation and repair your life. In times of legal crises, your friends and family may cut ties, but Richard Waring will be on your side from the time you call his office to the time your case is resolved.
Having prosecuted thousands of cases in South Carolina, Richard has a set of skills and experiences; assets that have guided him to win criminal cases against the government. Richard truly knows the criminal justice system’s ins and outs and is dedicated to fighting for his clients to achieve the best possible outcome on their criminal cases.
While some cases result in a positive outcome quickly, others must go to trial. Much like a combat athlete trains for months, hones his or her skills, and goes to war with an opponent, Richard Waring has prepared for and battled it out in many high-profile trials.
When you trust the Law Office of Richard Waring, you can rest assured that you are in capable hands. Each of our criminal defense clients receives the following when entrusting Richard Waring as their criminal defense lawyer in Isle of Palms:
The following are common cases that Richard Waring can handle for you:
There are several key players in the criminal justice system, each with its own roles. The prosecutor is tasked with enforcing laws and convicting offenders. The judge serves as an unbiased decision-maker. The criminal defense attorney’s role is to protect the rights of the individual who is charged with a crime – a vitally important role in the criminal justice world.
Having a proactive, experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side almost always improves your chance of a positive outcome. While their primary role is to defend your rights and protect you from excessive sentences, they have many other duties.
When you entrust Richard Waring as your defense advocate, he will fight to protect your rights throughout the case by:
As a defendant, you have important rights. Some of the rights that Richard Waring will fight to protect on your behalf are:
While United States law does not mandate that a defense attorney be assigned to a defendant, the prosecutor must uphold your right to legal representation. If you cannot afford an attorney in Isle of Palms, the government must supply you with a public defender.
While United States law does not mandate that a defense attorney be assigned to a defendant, the prosecutor must uphold your right to legal representation. If you cannot afford an attorney in Isle of Palms, the government must supply you with a public defender.
If you or a member of your family is facing criminal charges in Isle of Palms, there is no doubt that you are anxious about the road ahead. You are not alone – most of our criminal defense clients worry about the uncertainties surrounding the legal process and what is next in their case.
At the Law Office of Richard Waring, we empathize with this stress, and as such, make every effort to address anxiety-inducing questions like:
We cannot answer these questions in detail until we have time to review your case and speak with you one-on-one. Until that time, this high-level view of Isle of Palms’s criminal case timeline can offer some insight into what lies ahead.
This is the first step in the criminal case timeline. During this time, police officer(s) will investigate the potential crime at hand and arrest whomever the officer(s) believes to be responsible. At this point, the person in question is considered a Defendant.
Shortly after the arrest (typically within the same day), defendants are granted an initial bond hearing. This short proceeding determines whether a defendant will be released from jail while charges are pending. It is wise to hire a criminal defense lawyer in Isle of Palms, SC, before this hearing so that they may argue on your behalf.
The purpose of the preliminary hearing is to determine whether or not there is sufficient evidence (or probable cause) for the case to carry on. Defendants must request this hearing within 20 days of their initial bond setting. Hearings typically commence within three to six weeks. It is especially important that defendants retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney at this stage.
The main purpose of this court date is to determine if the defendant has hired an attorney or will need a public defender appointed to them. If you have an attorney before this hearing, defendants are not required to be present. The initial appearance typically happens 45 days after the arrest.
n some cases, the State may offer a plea offer to the defendant. If the defendant accepts this deal, a hearing will be scheduled to finalize the defendant’s acceptance. If the defendant pleads guilty, they are typically sentenced on the spot. If the defendant rejects the plea, he or she may have to go before the judge to ensure they understand the consequences of rejecting a plea offer.
Under Rule 5 of the South Carolina Rules of Criminal Procedure, the defendant will receive all evidence that will be used against them. As your criminal defense attorneys in Isle of Palms, we will submit a written request to the court to obtain this information. It may take the State weeks or months to turn over their evidence, especially if that evidence is new.
The first barrier for the State to prosecute takes place during the preliminary hearing. The second occurs during the indictment phase. In general terms, an indictment is a document that details the criminal charges which the defendant must face. Each crime listed on the indictment is called a “count.” During this phase, the State will gather a “grand jury” comprised of public citizens. This jury is presented with evidence to help them approve or disapprove of the charges contained in the indictment. If the indictment is approved, the defendant’s case will proceed to trial. If it is rejected, charges are usually dropped.
During the trial, both the defense and prosecution will present evidence to a jury, who will hand down a final verdict. The prosecutor’s job during the trial is to convince the jury, beyond any reasonable doubt, that the defendant is guilty. The defendant is under no obligation to prove anything. As an experienced criminal defense lawyer and former prosecutor, Richard Waring will work hard to convince the jury of his client’s innocence while pointing out holes in the prosecution’s case.
Typically, a trial in Isle of Palms includes the following phases:
Charleston isn’t the first place people think of as a winter getaway, but it can be a perfect destination for those seeking to escape the big chill of the Northeast or Midwest.Compared to more popular warm-weather favorites—like Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Phoenix, or Scottsdale—hotel accommodations and restaurant reservations are easier to come by in Charleston, and short-term winter rentals are plentiful at more favorable rates.Admittedly, you aren’t likely to find beach weather in Charleston during Januar...
Charleston isn’t the first place people think of as a winter getaway, but it can be a perfect destination for those seeking to escape the big chill of the Northeast or Midwest.
Compared to more popular warm-weather favorites—like Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Phoenix, or Scottsdale—hotel accommodations and restaurant reservations are easier to come by in Charleston, and short-term winter rentals are plentiful at more favorable rates.
Admittedly, you aren’t likely to find beach weather in Charleston during January, February, and March. Still, temperatures hovering around 50-60? make it comfortable enough to spend time outdoors without bundling up in warm winter jackets and gloves. In late December or early January, the slight chance of passing snow flurries might even add a bit of pixie dust to the beauty of the city.
Most attractions and historic sites are open year-round, complemented by unique seasonal festivals and events that woo winter tourists.
The city offers a range of accommodations from classic to contemporary at various price points. Many are described on the Explore Charleston website, but here are a few worth checking out:
Emeline, located in Charleston’s historic district, is a captivating perch from which to explore the Holy City. The boutique hotel has 212 all-king bed guest rooms, including 128 luxury suites. In addition, the hotel is home to Frannie & The Fox (a wood-fired eatery with Italian sensibilities), Clerks Coffee Company (a more informal cafe and eatery with a hint of nostalgia), and Keep Shop (an exceptionally well-curated gift shop).
Charleston Place, A Belmond Hotel is another luxury hotel located in the heart of downtown Charleston. The Club Level accommodations, a two-floor collection of renovated rooms and suites, offer private elevator access and check-in. Custom wallpaper in the elevator lobby depicts a circa-1820s map of Charleston, an homage to the city’s history. A concierge can help guests coordinate private tours of nearby plantations and gardens.
The Spectator Hotel on State Street offers an Art Deco-inspired interior reminiscent of the glamor of the 1920s. The boutique hotel is the only one in Charleston with personal butler service, available 24/7, who can coordinate anything from delivering freshly baked gingerbread cookies to setting up in-room eggnogs. Be sure to stop at the Prohibition-era-themed cocktail lounge, The Bar.
Sweetgrass Inn at Wild Dunes Resort is the property’s new 153-room hotel. Award-winning amenities available at the resort year-round include championship golf, nationally ranked tennis, an expansive private beach, a 10,000 square-foot luxury spa, and a 2,750 square foot fitness center.
The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort offers 255 guest rooms, many with magnificent ocean views. Especially appreciated by golf lovers, the resort is located on a barrier island about twenty miles from downtown. The gracious 255-room hotel is South Carolina’s only Forbes Travel Guide Five Star hotel.
Sweetgrass Properties is a boutique vacation rental company on Kiawah Island offering a searchable database of luxury rental properties on Seabrook Island, Wild Dunes, and Isle of Palms.
Explore Charleston, the convention and visitors bureau website, is an excellent resource for visitors.
The Charleston Heritage Foundation’s Essential Charleston Passport is available for purchase online. It offers guests a digital ticket that includes admission to five remarkable historic houses, the Charleston Museum and the Gibbes Museum of Art.
Direct flights to Charleston are available from Chicago, Dallas, Miami, New Orleans, Boston, New York City, Denver, and several other major cities.
In a move that puts a South Carolina beach community at odds with both its neighbors and the state legislature, Isle of Palms voted Friday to oppose a state bill that would require free and unrestricted beach parking along state highways.The city’s resolution, which passed 7-0 during a special City Council meeting, carries no weight of law, but it does express the city’s di...
In a move that puts a South Carolina beach community at odds with both its neighbors and the state legislature, Isle of Palms voted Friday to oppose a state bill that would require free and unrestricted beach parking along state highways.
The city’s resolution, which passed 7-0 during a special City Council meeting, carries no weight of law, but it does express the city’s disapproval of a bill introduced by state Sen. Larry Grooms, R-Berkeley.
The legislation would require South Carolina’s beach communities to provide at least some free parking on state roads.
It also would give towns the authority to include paid public beach parking and to use those funds to maintain, operate and preserve things like beach parking facilities; beach access, maintenance, and renourishment; traffic and parking enforcement; first responders; sanitation; and litter control and removal.
The Isle of Palms council meeting Friday morning took all of 3 minutes and 12 seconds. Two council members, Ryan Buchannon and Phillip Pounds, did not attend.
Mayor Jimmy Carroll, reading from the resolution, said the goal was to express the city’s opposition to the implementation of the legislation “by all lawful means necessary.”
It also urges S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster to veto the bill when it gets to his desk.
The resolution also claims the legislation “clearly discloses that barrier island communities, including the Isle of Palms, are being singled out and treated differently from other municipal entities in this state in a politically motivated, unconstitutional response to the City’s actions taken in the interest of public health and safety.”
It continues, alleging the bill “violates The Home Rule Act, which explicitly gives municipalities the sole power to control roads and streets within the municipality for the public health.”
“Home rule has always been a fundamental part of why South Carolina is so wonderful,” Councilman John Moye said in an emailed statement following the vote. “When home rule is threatened at this scale, issues that local leaders and communities know how to best address are suddenly being managed by politicians in Columbia.”
Isle of Palms, which is located across the Intracoastal Waterway from Mount Pleasant, has become the nexus of South Carolina’s beach parking drama. The back-and-forth over free versus paid parking has sparked debates over who deserves access to state’s public sands.
The debate intensified last year when South Carolina closed public access to its beaches, all of which the state owns, at the start of the pandemic in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. After McMaster reopened the beaches in late April, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island and Folly Beach took a more gradual approach, issuing their own emergency orders to restrict public beach access and reduce the number of nonresidents coming in at the time.
Isle of Palms is facing a lawsuit over its 2020 decision to temporarily block nonresidents from using more than 750 parking spots near the beach, leaving just 10 free spaces for visitors.
All beaches are now open to the public.
Recently, ahead of the busy summer tourist season, the S.C. Department of Transportation installed approximately 240 angled spaces on the land side of the state-owned Palm Boulevard, stretching from 22nd to 40th Ave.
State Rep. Joe Bustos, R-Charleston, argued on the House floor last week that the bill was not ready for a vote and urged further debate.
“This is not a beach access bill. This is a beach parking bill, and we need to understand that,” Bustos said.
His attempts to table the bill were unsuccessful.
The local resolution that passed Friday now puts Isle of Palms at odds with Mount Pleasant, a neighboring town that in January passed a resolution to show public support for Grooms’ bill.
The bill, S. 40, passed its final reading May 13 in a 102-10 vote in the state House. It now heads to McMaster’s desk.
It is still unclear whether McMaster will sign the bill into law.
“Governor McMaster is still in the process of reviewing the bill and greatly appreciates all input,” said Brandon Charochak, a spokesman for the governor. “He will make a final decision in the coming days.”
Memorial Day weekend, considered the unofficial start of the summer tourist season, is next week.
A group calling themselves the Barrier Island Preservation Alliance welcomed the move by Isle of Palms on Friday.
The group’s stated mission is to foster dialogue and community engagement to address the unique challenges of barrier island beaches.
Morgan Harris, an Isle of Palms resident and member of the alliance, said council members share their goals.
“They, like we, want Isle of Palms to continue to be an open and welcoming community that is safe for families, businesses and visitors alike. And they believe, as so many of us do, that we, rather than Columbia bureaucrats and politicians, are best equipped to make decisions about parking in Isle of Palms,” Harris said.
This story was originally published May 21, 2021 2:12 PM.
ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCIV) — The South Carolina Professional Firefighters Association said the wages for the Isle of Palm Fire Department are not high enough.Th...
ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCIV) — The South Carolina Professional Firefighters Association said the wages for the Isle of Palm Fire Department are not high enough.
The city of Isle of Palms said the lowest paid firefighter earns $12.55 an hour.
"They are not paying well. And they are not paying down the road, people are realizing it," said William Pesature, Vice President of the SC Professional Firefighter Association.
Pesature said in the firefighting world you want to build a team that has experience, training and standing.
He said the Isle of Palms is not doing that for their firefighters and a change needs to be made when it comes to pay.
He said the department has two problems: no fire chief for the last eight months and the firefighter pay rate.
"You should be able to afford a decent wage for your firefighters so that they want to stay there. If you have one of the richest cities in the state, and you are not taking care of your first responders? What's going to happen to your in an emergency situation?" he said.
Pesature said the issue should concern taxpayers on the island because when someone leaves the department the city has to pay to train a new employee.
"Training is very expensive. Because they have to pay for a person to go to school and then when they are supposed to be in the fire house (and) they have to pay someone overtime to cover their spot to maintain the standards of staffing," he said.
ABC News 4 reached out to the city for comment. Desiree Farago, the city administrator said in part, "The City is in the process of finalizing a wage and compensation analysis with the goal of identifying market based and competitive wages for all City positions. We expect the report and recommendations for adjustments will be in place before the end of the year."
"We have also collected feedback from every member of the fire department regarding how we reward high performance and increase wages throughout their tenure with the city that will be incorporated into new compensation policies," John Moye, an IOP councilman, said.
Moye said the consultant's leading the wage compensation plan should be presenting to council sometime in September.
MOUNT PLEASANT — A summer weekend shuttle bus from Mount Pleasant to the Isle of Palms beachfront will start running May 29, and thanks to just-announced funding from the two municipalities it will be free to ride. CARTA will run a free weekend beach shuttle, May 9 to Sept. 6, from Market Center Boulevard in Towne Centre to the 9th Avenue beach access on the island. SOURCE: ESRI | BRANDON LOCKETT | THE POST AND COURIER The shuttle will run hourly on Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 6 from a stop...
MOUNT PLEASANT — A summer weekend shuttle bus from Mount Pleasant to the Isle of Palms beachfront will start running May 29, and thanks to just-announced funding from the two municipalities it will be free to ride.
The shuttle will run hourly on Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 6 from a stop at the Towne Centre shopping area in Mount Pleasant to the Isle of Palms beach access at Ocean Boulevard and 9th Avenue.
The shuttle will also run on Memorial Day and on Labor Day.
“With this service in place for the season, access to the ocean has never been greater for residents of the region,” said Mike Seekings, chairman of CARTA’s board.
When the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority originally announced updated plans for the shuttle May 19, the short trip from Towne Centre to the Isle of Palms beach was going to cost riders $4 round-trip.
That’s because IOP at that time hadn’t committed to contribute funding.
“To date, the City of Isle of Palms has declined to contribute any funding to the Beach Reach shuttle service, which the city requested,” CARTA spokesman Daniel Brock said.
The transit advocacy group Best Friends of Lowcountry Transit also criticized the lack of financial support from Isle of Palms needed to make the shuttle free for riders.
But the following morning, May 20, Isle of Palms agreed to contribute $8,000 toward the cost of the shuttle — matching an equal contribution from Mount Pleasant — and CARTA said the shuttle would be free.
“We’ll definitely match Mount Pleasant’s because we want this to be successful,” said IOP Administrator Desiree Fragoso. “It’s something the city has been advocating and we’re happy that people are embracing different modes of transportation.”
She said the funding issue had been a miscommunication.
The summer shuttle will cost an estimated $24,000 to run, with CARTA, Mount Pleasant and Isle of Palms each paying $8,000.
CARTA did a test-run of the beach shuttle in the fall. It was prompted, in part, by Isle of Palms’ plan to eliminate much of the free parking at the beach — a plan that was later quashed by the S.C. Department of Transportation.
Brock said that although there’s more free parking at the beach than expected, the Beach Reach shuttle still serves an important need by increasing access to the beach for the area’s growing population.
William Hamilton, executive director of Best Friends of Lowcountry Transit, said the connection will allow some area residents to visit the beach for the first time. The shuttle will be coordinated with the existing Route 40 and Route 42 buses.
“Before this summer is over, we’ll be taking families with children to the beach on this bus who have never seen the ocean,” he said.
Hamilton noted that the bus stop on Isle of Palms has no seating or shade, and said he hopes the city will work on that.
Fragoso said the city will “be looking at what can be done to address that.”
The 9th Avenue beach access is two blocks south of the island’s beachfront commercial area, where there are shops, restrooms and beach showers.
The hourly shuttle will depart Towne Centre, from a stop on Market Center Boulevard near the Belk Men’s store starting at 9:15 a.m. The last return bus from Isle of Palms will leave at 5:35 p.m.
Riders will need to wear masks, shoes, shirt and pants, or beach cover-ups. Coolers will be allowed, but not bulky items such as surfboards or large beach umbrellas.
ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCIV) — After months of back and forth, people might finally have an idea of what parking will look like on the Isle of Palms along Palm Boulevard this summer.After multiple discussions between the South Carolina Department of Transportation and Isle of Palms City Council, the two sides seem to have hashed out a plan.Right now on the landward side of Palm Boulevard, drivers must parallel park. IOP city officials say SCDOT has proposed angled parking instead.IOP Police Chief Kevin Cornett said t...
ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCIV) — After months of back and forth, people might finally have an idea of what parking will look like on the Isle of Palms along Palm Boulevard this summer.
After multiple discussions between the South Carolina Department of Transportation and Isle of Palms City Council, the two sides seem to have hashed out a plan.
Right now on the landward side of Palm Boulevard, drivers must parallel park. IOP city officials say SCDOT has proposed angled parking instead.
IOP Police Chief Kevin Cornett said the plan calls for the "smaller, low profile curbs" installed at 60-degree angles perpendicular to the sidewalk.
Cornett feels the angled parking structure will have its perks.
"Any time you can move parking away from that street, it's a better and safer opportunity, and I think this accomplishes that," Cornett said.
While Chief Cornett said parallel parking will stay in place along the seaward side of Palm Boulevard, he explained angled parking across the street could make a substantial difference during the busiest time of year.
"SCDOT will come out and they will put all of this in place for us, so it's ready to go near beach season, as soon as we can," Cornett said.
In a letter to IOP City Council, SCDOT Secretary Christy Hall touted the new plan's safety benefits compared to the island's current parking plan, and in the process debunked "safety concerns" city council used to try justifying recent attempts to permanently eliminate public parking on stretches of Palm Boulevard.
"Based on our crash data analysis, crashes resulting in injury increased by 33 percent following the implementation of the managed beach access parking plan," Hall said, referring to a 2015 parking plan currently used as the blueprint for the Isle of Palms parking schematics.
SCDOT previously approved the plan, but Hall announced in February she intended to revoke it because the city used it to improperly restricted public access to parking along S.C. Hwy. 703 (Palm Boulevard), a state-owned public right-of-way.
Isle of Palms city council voted in September 2020 to permanently eliminate public parking along the landward side of Palm Boulevard. It had used emergency powers to temporarily do so during the initial onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
Hall said at the time the city was afforded leeway to take such actions temporarily because of the extraordinary circumstances of the pandemic, but she ultimately blocked the city's attempt at permanent parking reduction.
Mayor Jimmy Carroll appears to be a fan of the state's new parking plan, saying "To us, it was a win-win proposal."
"Yes, it increases parking which we probably don't like because, we did have a (previous) plan that was accepted. But, at the same time, we realize we need to all work together," Carroll said.
SCDOT's letter to city leaders shared Tuesday night said about 12,000 cars travel on Palm Boulevard daily.
"We have got unbridled growth across the Tri-Counties. Yet, we only have four beaches that are not growing any larger," Carroll said.
Island realtors said parking on the island is an issue and they welcome the changes.
"I had clients last year that were considering a house near the dog park, which is 3.5 blocks away from Palm Boulevard, and they drove past and saw the traffic parked around, and they said no way and they didn't purchase that home," Suzy Kopp said.
Mayor Carroll said IOP City Council will have two more readings on the proposal before a final vote is taken and anything becomes official, though council unanimously showed support for the proposal during an initial reading Monday night.