Asset Forfeiture

Asset Forfeiture in Columbia, South Carolina

Criminal charges merit an immediate call to a criminal defense attorney. Only with the help of experienced lawyers can you effectively navigate the criminal justice system to guarantee defense of your rights.

MoneyAt the Strom Law Firm, we have experienced litigators who appreciate the nuances of the criminal justice system. 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 outset of a case until its closure, the attorneys of the Strom Law Firm will be by your side and defending your rights.

There are various jails and detention centers in South Carolina, many of which are frequented by the attorneys of our law firm.

There are various detention centers and police stations where an alleged offender may be held after being arrested.. There are dozens of facilities across South Carolina, including the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Columbia. Our attorneys have experience with nearly every venue in SC and are willing to travel to defend your rights.

An arresting officer may work for any of several law enforcement 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.

It is imperative that any person charged with a crime contact the Strom Law Firm immediately or as soon as possible after arrest. The attorneys at the Strom Law Firm may be an essential part of your defense, even before a trial takes place.

South Carolina Asset Forfeiture

Driving down I-95 headed to the beach and blue lights start flashing. You’ve been pulled over for speeding in a work zone. When you open up your glove box to pull out your registration the cash you were carrying for your vacation falls out. Before you know it, the highway patrol has everyone out of the car and you are being searched.

One of the passengers is arrested for cocaine. Even though you had no idea that cocaine was in the car, and the officer tells you that the cash you had on you for the week and your car are being forfeited.

What law enforcement did not tell you is that if there is a valid claim for seizing money or other assets, such as a car or home, the officer must file an action and a judge must determine whether there was probable cause for the officer to take your money or other assets.

Many times an officer will try to make you consent on the spot so that they can avoid the formalities and delay associated with bringing the matter before a judge.

The authority to seize cash or property connected to drugs comes from our Federal and State law.

Common reasons for forfeiture include classification as:

  • Contraband including illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia;
  • Proceeds related to illegal activity including cash received for selling drugs;
  • Tools or Property used in the commission of a crime such as a car or house

Unfortunately, there are often situations where large amounts of money are seized even when there is no relationship to drugs or illegal activity. You have due process rights that must be protected. Don’t let your fear of dealing with law enforcement prevent you from protecting what is yours.

What’s there to know about Columbia, South Carolina?

Columbia InterstateColumbia, the state capital of South Carolina, also serves as the county seat of Richland County, one of the largest counties in South Carolina. Richland County is home to numerous important landmarks including the Fort Jackson Army Base and the Supreme Court of South Carolina.

Also located in Columbia is the largest U.S. Army installation for Basic Combat Training, a U.S. Army base named Fort Jackson. Fort Jackson trains half of all U.S. Army soldiers every year, including 60% of 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. Over 32,000 students are educated each year at the Columbia campus. The university generates a tremendous impact on the city, which is ranked as the #3 college town in the country.

Columbia has many natural resources even inside the city limits. Multiple rivers, including the Congaree River, Little River, and Wateree River each run through Columbia, which is also home to Congaree National Park. Boating, fishing, hiking, and swimming are all popular attractions at these natural locations and provide many fun activities for residents and visitors.

Columbia is known for its nightlife. Five Points, the Vista, and Main Street give patrons many options to choose from. Main Street, once a popular area downtown, is undergoing a rejuvenation and is home to many popular events, including the weekly Soda City Market. Between students and working professionals, Five Points and The Vista bring signature events and competition to the area. Columbia is an exciting place to live with activity happening day and night.

There are many law enforcement agencies throughout Columbia. After arrest, charges may be heard by any of a variety of courts, including Central Magistrate, or City. In the short time after arrest, suspects may be taken to detention at the Alvin S. Glenn detention center or to a local police station. 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.

Interstates and Freeways comprise many of the roads into and out from Columbia. 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. These major highways run to Florence, Charlotte, Charleston, Greenville, and beyond.

Contact the Strom Law Firm immediately after you are arrested.

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