Expungements and Pardons

Expungements and Pardons 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. Expungements and Pardons are extremely important. The Strom Law Firm, LLC is home to criminal defense attorneys who will fight vigorously in defense of your rights.

Court HouseSince 1996, the experienced lawyers of the Strom Law Firm have defended the rights of people through the criminal justice system. Our attorneys have experience defending various types of criminal charges and will begin to utilize our professional resources as soon as we begin working on your case.

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.. 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.

Criminal charges may be served by any law enforcement agency in South Carolina. Depending on the arresting agency, a case may be heard by the Central Court, City Court, or a Magistrate Court.

Contacting a professional attorney is an important step to take immediately after arrest. The attorneys at the Strom Law Firm may be an essential part of your defense, even before a trial takes place.

What is an Expungement?

Generally, when you are convicted of a crime, that record may follow you forever. Even if you have served your sentence or paid your fine, the lasting implications of a criminal record can follow you forever, affecting you personally and professionally.  However, South Carolina law allows for some convictions to be removed from your record through an expungement, which is an order for the destruction of records relating to an arrest and/or conviction. Our criminal defense attorneys can advise you as to whether you are eligible for an expungement.

Why Is Expungement Sometimes Necessary?

Ensuring that your criminal record is an accurate reflection of your criminal history helps you avoid the risk of being turned down for a job simply because you were arrested or suspected of illegal activity.  Criminal background checks are often administered for various application processes and could reveal past convictions that can hurt your future. Missing out on employment opportunities, being ineligible for loans, and other associated set-backs can take a serious toll on your life and your family’s life based on an incident that occurred many years prior.

What Alternatives Are Available For Me If I Am Not Eligible For An Expungement?

If you are not eligible to have a particular arrest or record expunged, you may be eligible for a pardon. A pardon mitigates or sets aside punishment for a crime and restores the rights and privileges forfeited on account of the offenses, but does not remove the conviction for your record. While a pardon does not remove items from a background check, pardoned convictions on your record will be followed by a notation that they have been “pardoned”.

Expungement and Pardons in Columbia, South Carolina

gavel judgeColumbia, 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 various important landmarks including the SC State House and the Supreme Court of South Carolina.

Columbia is home to Fort Jackson, a U.S. Army Base and the largest U.S. Army installation for Basic Combat Training in the United States. Fort Jackson trains 50% of all soldiers, including 60% of all women entering the Army each year. 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 University of South Carolina Gamecocks have their home in Columbia, and the UofSC is the state’s flagship university. The university’s Columbia campus educated upwards of 32,000 students annually. 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 entertainment and attractions for local residents and visitors.

Columbia’s downtown scene includes popular bar areas Five Points and The Vista. Five Points, Columbia’s most famous nightlife area, is located centrally on Harden Street. Five Points has been a student hotspot for decades. The upscale restaurants and beautiful scenery in the Vista makes it another Columbia landmark.

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. A local police station or the Alvin S. Glenn detention center may hold alleged offenders directly after their arrest. A bond hearing will take place after a short period of time. Having an attorney from the inception of your case is an imperative action to defend your rights.

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. These roads traverse South Carolina and all of its major cities.

Contact the Strom Law Firm immediately after you are arrested.

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