In South Carolina can a shoplifting charge be enhanced on a prior that’s over 10 years old?

UPDATED: Oct 2, 2022

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In South Carolina can a shoplifting charge be enhanced on a prior that’s over 10 years old?

A shoplifting charge has been enhanced to a felony with the warrant stating the person has 2 priors of 6-25-89 and 10-13-2013. Can a prior over 10 years old be used to enhance this to a felony?

Asked on July 30, 2019 under Criminal Law, South Carolina


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Yes, it can be enhanced to a felony for such older prior offenses; the statute providing for enhancment does not put any limit on how old the priors can be. Look at section in the 16-13-135 page the following link takes you to:

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