What is the name of your state? South Carolina
Someone I know in SC was arrested and charged with 11 felony counts related to sexual molestation of a minor. Six charges are for criminal sexual solicitation of a minor. Five charges are for criminal sexual conduct with a minor.
The arrest was based on police interviews with the minor girls when one of the minors told her mother she had been molested.
I recently read of several cases in SC being tossed out (technicality) because indictments were not issued prior to the arrest warrants being issued and executed.
My questions are:
1. Is an indictment in such a case necessary for police to obtain arrest warrants or can arrest warrants be issued based on information gathered by police through interviews with the minors?
2. In the cases I mentioned being thrown out, there was some kind of ninety day rule. Is there a ninety day rule involving indictments that could cause such a case to be tossed out?
One other: If somone has never been charged with a similar offense, can multiple counts and convictions result in someone being charged under SC's two "most serious offense" statutes which can result in an automatic life sentence without parole?What is the name of your state?