Carjacking

Charged with Carjacking in Columbia, South Carolina

Hiring a criminal defense attorney in Columbia, South Carolina is essential. Your rights, including your professional and personal future, are important reasons why the hire of experienced attorneys like those of Strom Law Firm.

Man with briefcase and stepsOur attorneys have a thorough understanding of the criminal justice system. Our attorneys have spent years defending cases and working with prosecutors to achieve outcomes for our clients. From the moment you hire the attorneys of the Strom Law Firm, we will begin to craft a detailed defense of your rights.

South Carolina has many jails and detention centers, many of which are frequented by the attorneys of the Strom Law Firm.

Our team handles all criminal charges and practices in all courts in Columbia, and across South Carolina. Our attorneys frequently visit Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, the Lexington County Detention Center, and various other detention centers across the state.

Arrest warrants are served by various law enforcement agencies in South Carolina.

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.

A bond hearing will happen promptly following an arrest on criminal charges. Requisite time for the attorney to prepare is an essential aspect of defending you and your rights. Please contact an attorney as soon as possible after your arrest so that preparation can begin for the complete case

Even if you are charged with a crime, you are innocent until proven guilty. It is the state’s burden to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Defending Felony Carjacking Charges in South Carolina

What is Carjacking?

According to South Carolina law Section 16-3-1075, the crime of carjacking is defined as the use of force, violence, or threat, to takes a motor vehicle from another person, while that person is operating or in the vehicle.

Motor vehicle theft is a common crime in South Carolina and the United States. There are several common methods of vehicle theft, ranging from crimes of opportunity (like keys in the ignition, or neglect on the part of the owner) to more violent methods like breaking and entry and carjacking.

Penalties for Carjacking in South Carolina

A person convicted of carjacking is guilty of a felony and faces a max 20 year jail sentence, however if great bodily injury is a direct result of the carjacking, the person faces a max 30 year jail sentence.

About Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia, 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.

Columbia State House at nightFort 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. Used primarily as a training facility, Fort Jackson is home over over 12,000 military families and is a large part of the Columbia community.

The state flagship University of South Carolina is located in Columbia. 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 is also home to various natural landmarks. Multiple rivers, including the Congaree River, Saluda River, and Wateree River each run through Columbia, which is also home to Lake Murray. Kayaking, sailing, 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. 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. Between students and working professionals, Five Points and The Vista bring signature events and competition to the area. There is no shortage of exciting activity in Columbia.

DUI arrests in Richland County may be made by South Carolina Highway Patrol or any other law enforcement agency. Depending on the arresting agency, a DUI case may be heard by the Central Court, City Court, or a Magistrate Court. After arrest, alleged offenders may be taken to a police station or to the Alvin S. Glenn detention center. After a short period of time in detention, a bond hearing will be set. It is essential that you contact an attorney as soon as possible after being arrested; this way, our experienced litigators can be involved in your case from the outset and guide you through the legal process from bond hearing through trial.

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.

There are many interstates and freeways that run through Columbia and Richland County, some even beginning or ending within the city limits. 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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