Assault and Battery

Assault and Battery Charges in Columbia, South Carolina

If you or your loved one has been arrested and charged with a crime you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Columbia, South Carolina, who will fight to protect your rights. The criminal defense attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC will fight to protect your rights and your personal and professional future.

prisonerThe criminal justice system is a complex organization that our attorneys have experience navigating. Our understanding of a typical prosecution, as well as our familiarity with the court system, is an essential part of any criminal defense. From the moment you hire the attorneys of the Strom Law Firm, we will begin to craft a detailed defense of your rights.

Our attorneys regularly visit the various correctional facilities throughout South Carolina.

There are various detention centers and police stations where an alleged offender may be held after being arrested.. Some of these venues include the Greenville County Detention Center, the Charleston County Detention Center, the Lexington County Detention Center, and the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. Our attorneys have experience with nearly every venue in SC and are willing to travel to defend your rights.

Law enforcement agencies who arrest for criminal charges may come from any one of various agencies.

Any law enforcement agency may make an arrest and file criminal charges. In South Carolina, there are many law enforcement agencies that you may encounter, including SLED (South Carolina Law Enforcement Division), South Carolina Highway Patrol, county agencies, and various city/town agencies. Once any of these agencies makes an arrest, the alleged offender will be taken to one of any number of detention centers or police stations, depending on which agency is making the arrest. Our attorneys have extensive experience throughout South Carolina and Georgia, and have traveled to many of these detention centers.

Contacting a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible is a vital part of any criminal defense. Involving attorneys such as those at the Strom Law Firm as early as possible is crucial for the defense of a criminal case.

South Carolina Assault and Battery Charges

A person commits the offense of assault and battery if the person unlawfully injures another person, or attempts to injure another person with the present ability to do so.  Legally speaking the assault is the  threat of bodily harm coupled with an apparent, present ability to cause the harm and the battery is the actual unwarranted physical contact with another.

Assault and Battery Conviction

Persons who are convicted of assault and battery often face the following consequences:

  • Imprisonment
  • Fines
  • Probation
  • Mandatory counseling and/or anger management classes

Assault Battery Jail Time and Fines

  • A person convicted of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature is guilty of a felony and can be imprisoned for a maximum of 20 years.
  • A person convicted of assault and battery in the first degree is guilty of a felony and can be imprisoned for a maximum of 10 years.
  • A person convicted of assault and battery in the second degree is guilty of a misdemeanor and can be fined a maximum of $2,500 and/or imprisoned for a maximum of 3 years.
  • A person convicted of assault and battery in the third degree is guilty of a misdemeanor and can be fined for a maximum of $500 and/or imprisoned for a maximum of 30 days.

Assault and Battery Defense

The South Carolina criminal attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC have experience dealing with assault and battery defense cases. Our familiarity with prosecutorial techniques, knowledge of South Carolina criminal law, and our understanding and genuine concern for the rights and liberty of people facing criminal charges ensure that you will receive a vigorous, well-planned defense.

Possible defenses may include:

  • Prevention of a crime – In certain situations, the use of violence or force is allowed to prevent a crime.
  • Self defense, defense of property, or defense of others – Force can legally be used to stop physical harm to oneself, someone else, or to prevent the harm or theft of an individual’s possessions.

The South Carolina assault and battery defense lawyers at the Strom Law Firm, LLC can provide for defense on charges of:

  • Assault
  • Assault and battery
  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Gang-related assault
  • School fighting
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Resisting arrest
  • Battery on a police officer
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual assault

Being arrested or investigated for a crime can mean many things. It does not mean is that you are guilty or that you have no rights.

For experienced criminal defense attorneys who will fight for you whether it’s an assault and battery of high and aggravated nature, or first, second, or third degree charge, call or contact us in Columbia, South Carolina, today.

More on Richland County in Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia fountainRichland County is the second largest county in South Carolina and is home to Columbia, which serves as state capital and county seat. Richland County is home to various important landmarks including the SC State House and the Supreme Court of South Carolina.

Fort Jackson Army Base, the largest U.S. Army installation for Basic Combat Training, is an essential facet of the Columbia community. Fort Jackson is responsible for training half of Army soldiers annually, including over 60% of our women soldiers. Fort Jackson, primarily utilized as a training facility, sees over 35,000 potential soldiers each year and is home to over 12,000 military families, contributing largely to Columbia’s economy.

The University of South Carolina, the state flagship university of South Carolina, is the proud home of the Gamecocks. The university’s Columbia campus educated upwards of 32,000 students annually. The university and city of Columbia are partners, as the university produces important economic growth and Columbia is ranked as the #3 college town in the United States.

Various natural landmarks run through Columbia. Multiple rivers, including the Broad River, Saluda River, and Wateree River each run through Columbia, which is also home to Congaree National Park. Boating, sailing, biking, and swimming are all popular attractions at these natural locations and provide entertainment and attractions for local residents and visitors.

Nightlife is an active part of the Columbia social scene. These downtown areas provide several options for anyone interested in dining, shopping, and more. Main Street, once a popular area downtown, is undergoing a rejuvenation and is home to many popular events, including the weekly Soda City Market. The Vista, famous for its upscale dining and the Vista Lights, is another option common among young professionals, while many students choose to frequent Five Points, complete with signature events St. Pats in Five Points and the Five Points Chili Cookoff. There is no shortage of exciting activity in Columbia.

In Richland County, most DUI arrests are made by South Carolina Highway Patrol, although arrests may be made by any law enforcement agency. After arrest, charges may be heard by any of a variety of courts, including Central Magistrate, or City. After arrest, alleged offenders may be taken to a police station or to the Alvin S. Glenn detention center. A bond hearing will take place after a short period of time. Contacting an attorney from the very beginning of your case only helps that attorney defend your rights, including at the bond hearing.

Our attorneys frequently have significant experience in The City of Columbia City Court, located at 811 Washington St., Columbia, SC 29201, and Central Court, located at 1701 Main St., Columbia, SC 29201. Our attorneys also frequently visit the Alvin S. Glenn detention center, located at 201 John Mark Dial Dr., Columbia, SC 29209.

Richland County is home to numerous highways and interstates. I-20, I-26, and I-77 each run through Richland County, and two other major interstates (I-85 and I-95) run nearby through other counties in South Carolina. The major cities and towns of South Carolina are covered by this interstate and highway system, which also runs through many smaller towns and communities.

Contact the Strom Law Firm immediately after you are arrested.

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