South Carolina Jury Awards $150,000 in South Carolina False Arrest Case

On November 9, 2016, a York County jury awarded a six figure verdict to a local gentleman who successfully raised the castle doctrine after having allegedly defended himself on his property from an aggressive neighbor.  In a strange twist of events, the Plaintiff was later charged by the local Sheriffs’s office and arrested for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.   

The local solicitor later dismissed the criminal charges on the basis that the Plaintiff was in fact acting under color of the law, specifically the S.C.. Protection of Persons and Property Act, when he defended himself from the aggressive neighbor.  

Thereafter, the plaintiff filed suit under the South Carolina Tort Claims Act, and alleged the Sheriff’s office acted without cause (false arrest), and asserted a claim of malicious prosecution.   The jury sided with the Plaintiff after short deliberation.  The case is styled Shane Carter v. Sheriff Bruce Bryant, 2014-CP-46-01307.

Have you been charged with a crime or arrested without probable cause? If you believe that you have please contact an attorney immediately. Milt Stratos II is a South Carolina lawyer with experience in wrongful arrest and imprisonment.  Contact Us today for a FREE consultation.

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