When was the acquittal? If it was recently then they the court should expunge them automatically. If they are older you might have to call the solicitor's office in the county were the charge was and requested that they be expunged. But on older charges you might have to pay.
There is nothing illegal about literally talking to a 22 year old. Even if you were sexually involved since you are 17 it probably would not be illegal unless you violated 16-17-49.
How has she got the cops involved? what is she saying you have been doing?
A directed verdict is granted if there is no direct or substantial circumstantial evidence of guilt. Basically it means the state failed to present any evidence that the defendant is guilty.
Remember when I or any sc course talks about evidence in this context, testimony is considered evidence. So if someone said you did something then directed verdict will be denied even if there is no physical evidence that you did it.
Unfortunately it could vary a great deal. I recently represented a guy on a fraud case and it took them two years to come after him. But chances are they were just bluffing to get you to talk. I would just keep quiet and try not to worry about it. Sorry that is not much comfort.
Do you think that they are getting your information? You probably do not have any cause of action against the company for getting someone elses information. But depending on the infromation the other party might.
There are 3 levels of DUS First, Second, and Third or subsequent. The penalty for DUS 4th is the same as the penalty for DUS 3rd. So it does not matter if it is your 15th DUS they can charge you with DUS 3rd.
Generally when a cop arrest you he might not know exactly how many qualifying DUS charges you have. So, some cops will charge DUS 1st at the time of arrest, then increase the charge when it is time for court.
If you are charged with DUS 3rd or subsequent you need to contact a...
So much of sentencing changes from county to county and from judge to judge. I would suggest you speak to a local criminal defense lawyer. If you can not afford to hire a lawyer, the Greenville public defenders office is full of talented lawyers who could best answer your question.
This question is not so easy to answer. It is unconstitutional for the prosecution to manufacture evidence against you. I don't know if that happend or not. Even if it did happen, you might not be able to prove it did.
There are ways to attack this, how to deal with this situation is something you need to discuss with your lawyer if you have one. If you do not, I would be happy to speak with you about it. Call me at 803-575-0384.