Are you in need of a criminal defense lawyer?
If you have been arrested for a criminal offense in South Carolina, you may be facing serious jail time, hefty fines, and a permanent mark on your criminal record. Criminal offenses in South Carolina are separated into misdemeanor and felony categories. Felonies are more serious crimes and usually carry longer maximum penalties. Our firm is experienced in criminal defense. Title 16 of the South Carolina Code of Laws lists all the criminal offenses in the state of South Carolina, whether they are felonies or misdemeanors, and the maximum penalties associated therewith.
A criminal conviction can have a significant impact on your future. Not only do you face the real possibility of incarceration, but you also have to contend with a conviction’s effect on your ability to maintain employment, apply for jobs, rent or purchase a home, apply for educational programs, apply for loans, and more. Given the complexities of criminal law in South Carolina, it is vital that you seek the representation of an experienced criminal defense attorney like Perry DeLoach. Contact The Law Offices of Perry B. DeLoach, Jr., LLC today at 864-520-1101 to discuss your case and explore your legal options.
Criminal Court in South Carolina
South Carolina’s criminal courts are made up of magistrate courts, municipal courts, and the Court of General Sessions. South Carolina’s General Sessions Court has exclusive jurisdiction over any and all misdemeanor and felony charges whose possible penalties are more than one year incarceration. While it has concurrent jurisdiction with the magistrate and municipal courts over all charges, these lower courts generally handle charges whose possible penalties are less than one year incarceration.
If you have been arrested, you are likely to be given a bond. You will only be held without bond if the judge finds you to either be a danger to the community or unlikely to appear in court. Defendants are often released on their own personal recognizance and are not required to post money with the court. Some bond amounts are quite high however, and often defendants are offered no bond at all. If you cannot afford your bond, or if you are not given a bond, you will likely be detained in the county jail pending your trial or some alternative resolution of your criminal charges. Motions can be made to have your initial bond revisited by a judge. These hearings can result in the bond amount being reduced, allowing the defendant to get out of jail pending the resolution of his or her charges.
Criminal charges can be resolved in many different ways. First and foremost, your criminal defense attorney needs to investigate any and all legal remedies available to you. If it can be shown that law enforcement did not properly follow the law in preparing your case, he or she can use this to negotiate your case, even obtain a dismissal of the charges. Additionally, depending on the severity of the charge and the criminal statute involved, defendants can be offered diversion programs as an alternative to pleading guilty or going to trial. Successful completion of these programs can result in the dismissal and expungement of the criminal warrants. If the defendant is convicted at trial or as a result of a guilty plea, however, sentences can range from mere probation to life in prison.
No matter how serious the charge you or a loved one is facing, we can help. Please contact our office today.
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Criminal offenses should not be taken lightly. You need an experienced criminal defense attorney that you can trust to handle your case. Perry DeLoach prosecuted for six (6) years in Pickens and Greenville counties. He has handled everything from traffic offenses to murder. The Law Offices of Perry B. DeLoach, Jr. can help you understand the nature of your charges, investigate the facts of your case, apply the law to your specific situation, and advocate on your behalf. Our Firm serves criminal clients in Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, and Pickens counties, as well as the Upstate, Midlands, and Low Country of South Carolina. If you have been charged with a crime and need help, call The Law Offices of Perry B. DeLoach, Jr, LLC today at 864-520-1101 for a free consultation.