3 From “Myrtle Manor” Cast Arrested in Less Than One Week

Over a span of three days, three members of the cast of TLC’s ‘Welcome to Myrtle Manor‘ were arrested in Myrtle Beach.

In the early hours of April 26, the first to take a trip to the slammer, Amanda Adams, was taken in for driving under the influence.  Officers responded to a call regarding a car crash involving a single vehicle and an electric pole.  When the officers arrived, they found Adams and her wrecked Jeep Wrangler next to the downed pole.  When questioned, Adams admitted to consuming three beers and a shot.  Adams reportedly changed her story once she arrived at the jail, saying she had four shots instead of one.  Adams was booked with a BAC of .20.  Adams will likely require the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer to help her out of this jam.

On April 27, the following night, another cast member, Taylor Burt, was arrested for something a little more serious–having sex with a minor under the age of 16.  The teen girl said she asked her mom to drop her off at the Sound Hole concert venue around 6:30 p.m.  Once there, she claimed she messaged Burt about wanting to “hang out.” The girl’s mother had her go to the local hospital to be examined where the girl reportedly refused the exam. She says Burt came to the venue, picked her up, and took her to his apartment.  She claims the pair had sex and Burt told her to not tell anyone because he could get into trouble.  When the victim’s mother picked her up, she said the teen was not acting right and asked her what was wrong.  The girl’s mother then took her to the police department to file a report.  They also went to the local hospital to be examined, but the report notes that the girl refused the exam.  Also, police failed to find any text messages between the victim and Burt on her phone; she claimed they had been deleted.

Police released Burt from custody the next morning on $25,000 bond.  Once an investigation has been completed, the girl’s story could be found true or false.  Should her story be true, Burt will need to call a reputable Myrtle Beach law firm so he can be sure he is properly defended by an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

The final arrest occurred on Sunday.  A third cast member, Lindsay Colbert, was taken into custody for driving under the influence and speeding.  Colbert’s BAC was above .15.  According to the police report, an officer pulled Colbert over shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Sunday morning in the area Waccamaw Boulevard and Route 501.  The officer had witnessed Colbert driving at 62 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone.  Once he pulled her over, he began questioning Colbert in her car.  The officer reported smelling alcohol and seeing an open bottle of rum partially hidden under her driver’s seat.  The officer then administered sobriety tests to Colbert, who at one point said “are you just giving me [a hard time] ’cause I am on the show?”  Also according to the report, she attempted to insult the officer by making racial slurs and other comments during the ride to jail.  Colbert would be better off if she calls a Myrtle Beach criminal defense lawyer to defend her case.

Horry County Horse Molestor Released on Probation

Criminal defense lawyer discusses animal abuse in Horry County.  Rodell Vereen has been released from the South Carolina department of corrections according to the Sun News. Mr. Vereen was previously convicted for having sex with a horse. Apparently he was video taped in the act. The original sentence was five years, but Vereen only served 18 months. It is unknown whether he was represented by a Conway lawyer or by a Myrtle Beach Lawyer. The charge is referred to as “buggary” in South Carolina and rarely will a South Carolina criminal defense lawyer have to defend anyone for this charge.
As Howard Stern said in a recent show, “the nerve of this guy, thinking he can satisfy a horse.”
Mr. Vereen is now a registered sex offender in South Carolina. He will be forced to register with local authorities as such and cannot have contact with the horse, “Sugar.” Our Myrtle Beach criminal defense lawyers do no represent individuals charged with abusing animals and this is a case that we would not normally agree to represent. Mr. Vereen has stated he has changed and will not commit the offense again.

Our criminal defense lawyer handles federal indictments throughout South Carolina and most of the country.

Teacher Charged in Abuse Case

According to the South Carolina newspaper, The State, a teacher from Clinton High School, Darren Atkins, has been arrested and charged in two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Allegedly, Atkins has been involved in sexual activity with two (2) teenage girls from the school. An investigation began when one of the girls came forwarded and reported the crime to the Clinton Department of Public Safety. Apparently, the sexual misconduct was between August of 2008 and June 3, 2010. It is unknown as to the amount of evidence the South Carolina authorities have on the issue.

This type of crime can be difficult to prove if the victim does not provide information to police in order to attain forensic evidence. However, jurors and judges are usually sympathetic toward the young victims involved in these types of crimes. Although, the evidence prosecutors have available may not be significant, testimony from the victims are very convincing. If a person is charged in a crime relating to child abuse, it is important to hire a South Carolina criminal defense attorney that has experience in cases with similar issues. There are several precautions that need to be taken in situations such as these, especially with regard to the child as they will need to be questioned and will most likely be interviewed by certified psychologists. If the proper forum is not used, a child, primarily those of a young age, may provide false information to authorities.

Hiring a knowledgeable South Carolina criminal defense attorney is most important when being charged or investigated for a crime. Our attorneys understand the state and federal systems and will be able to assist you in your case.

If you are being charged in a child abuse case, please do not hesitate to contact one of a criminal defense attorney for a free consultation at 1-800-94-TRIAL.

South Carolina Supreme Court Rules on Solicitation of Minor

The South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled against William Gaines in his appeal of a jury verdict finding him guilty of Solicitation of a Minor. This is a relatively new statute in South Carolina. Gaines was charged with 3 counts of solicitation and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. This case presented several trial issues that were appealed. The most interesting issue was the attempted use of the entrapment defense. Gaines was solicited by law enforcement after he reached out to what he thought was a minor in Philadelphia.
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) then made contact to Gaines via the internet. They portrayed themselves as a 13 year old girl in Columbia, South Carolina. The trial court allowed Gaines messaging to the Philadelphia police to be admitted to the South Carolina jury, even though Gaines was not charged with a crime related to these communications.
Next, the court ruled that Gaines was not entitled to the entrapment instruction to the jury. The court rule that for entrapment to be presented the defendant must show some government inducement and lack of predisposition to commit the crime by the defendant. In this case, the State and Court are relying on Gaines prior actions to defeat his request for the entrapment instruction. If there is any doubt about the giving of the instruction, it should be given.

The South Carolina Statue on Solicitation is as follows:
“(A) A person eighteen years of age or older commits the offense of criminal solicitation of a minor if he knowingly contacts or communicates with, or attempts to contact or communicate with, a person who is under the age of eighteen, or a person reasonably believed to be under the age of eighteen, for the purpose of or with the intent of persuading, inducing, enticing, or coercing the person to engage or participate in a sexual activity as defined in Section 16-15-375(5) or a violent crime as defined in Section 16-1-60, or with the intent to perform a sexual activity in the presence of the person under the age of eighteen, or person reasonably believed to be under the age of eighteen. (emphasis supplied).”

A good Columbia federal defense lawyer would have to make every effort to ensure that the entrapment defense is viable and the jury instructions is read. There are only a few defenses to solicitation of a minor. Alibi, entrapment, mis-identification and legal impossibility. These defenses must be examined by the criminal defense lawyer.

Our Columbia criminal defense attorneys are able to handle many types of state and federal indictments. Any federal defense attorneys in Columbia can help with small cases, but when your life is on the line you should interview at least 2 lawyers prior to making a decision. We also have Charleston federal defense attorneys.