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What does it mean TIA Guilty at Bench Trial

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Someone I know was supposed to go to magistrates court today on a criminal charge.   The county index says 

 

Status: Failure to Comply

Disposition: TIA Guilty Bench Trial

 

 

Does this mean he did now show and was sentenced to 30 days?  Not sure what TIA means

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Does this mean he did now show and was sentenced to 30 days?  Not sure what TIA means

 

It likely means he was found guilty after a trial in abstentia. A trial in abstentia is one that occurs without the defendant appearing. In SC that sort of trial may occur in magistrate’s court because those courts hear only very minor criminal matters, i.e. those where the maximum penalty is a fine of $500 and/or 30 days in jail, and use a shortened, simplifed process known as a summary procedure. You’ll find a discussion of what a trial in abstentia involves here: SC summary proceedings. You’d have to check the actual court file to see what sentence the judge imposed for the offense. 

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