Criminal Defense Attorney
Summerville · Moncks Corner · Goose Creek · Charleston
If you’re facing criminal charges in the Tri-County area then you need a criminal defense attorney in the lowcountry who’s worked as a former assistant solicitor.
Because as former assistant solicitors we know how the system works. Not to mention, we’ve prosecuted thousands (1,000’s) of criminal cases including DUI, burglary, theft, drug crimes, assault & battery, domestic violence cases, and more.
With our extensive background and knowledge of the criminal justice system, we understand how the opposition thinks and our number one priority is to protect your constitutional rights.
We want to get you the best possible outcome given your situation.
Remember, just because you’re charged with a crime doesn’t mean you’re guilty. Not to mention, there are many options other than pleading guilty.
As your criminal defense attorneys, we will assess your case and carefully and methodically develop an aggressive defense based on the evidence surrounding your situation. The bottom line is — we leave no stone unturned and nothing to chance.
Why Fight Your Charges?
If you’re facing criminal charges you might feel hopeless, but believe it or not police do make mistakes. Sometimes those mistakes can make all the difference to your case. In some situations, they can even set you free.
These mistakes can help us to build a solid defense in your favor.
You see, building a defense against a charge is no easy matter; however, it only takes reasonable doubt to change the outcome of the trial. The prosecutor must present evidence beyond reasonable doubt. That’s a lofty standard in many cases.
Types of Criminal Cases We Routinely Handle
Frequently Asked Questions
Do criminal cases go on the public record?
Do criminal charges show up on background checks?
This is a reason to fight your charge. Don’t just plead guilty to get it over with. Consider the long term consequences of a conviction when deciding how you want to proceed with your criminal charge.
What criminal charges can be expunged?
While this is not a complete list, in general the following may be expunged:
- Convictions for crimes that carry a maximum sentence of 30 days and/or $1000 fine may be eligible for an expungement;
- Charges you were found not guilty of at trial;
- Charges that were dismissed by the prosecution; and
- Some first time convictions for nonviolent crimes.
The following specific charges may also be able to be expunged:
YOA is a special type of sentence for certain people who were convicted before their 25th birthday.
A first offense misdemeanor fraudulent check charge is eligible for expungement. You must wait one year and have no other convictions before applying for the expungement.
Failure to Stop for a Blue Light:
A first offense failure to stop conviction is eligible for expungement. You must wait three years and have no other convictions before applying for the expungement.
Victims of Human Trafficking:
Victims of human trafficking who were charged and convicted of either human trafficking or prostitution may be eligible to get their records expunged.
Simple Possession/Possession with Intent to Distribute:
First offense simple possession is eligible for expungement 3 years after completing your sentence with no additional convictions in those 3 years. Possession with Intent to Distribute (PWID) is eligible for expungement 20 years after completing sentence if no other drug or felony convictions in those 20 years.
If I’m convicted can I still own a gun?
What happens when criminal charges are filed?
Prior to being arrested, police must have probable cause to arrest you. This means police must have substantial evidence that you committed a crime. Typically, this means a warrant for your arrest has been issued, but can include a citation if the offense is one that is prosecutable in magistrate’s court and the police witnessed you commit the alleged violation.
You may have charges filed against you after being stopped for police when they have probable cause that you have committed or are committing a crime. An example of this could be a DUI situation. The police officer doesn’t already have an arrest warrant for you. You may end up getting arrested as a result of your traffic stop, and then criminal charges will be filed later.