Hiring a SC Criminal Defense Lawyer

Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney in Columbia, South Carolina

In South Carolina, being charged in a criminal matter is a serious event. An attorney who knows the criminal justice system is an essential aspect of defending criminal charges.

Justice Legal BooksThe criminal justice system is a complex organization that our attorneys have experience navigating. For decades, we have developed a deep understanding of the court system and a typical prosecution that benefits our clients. 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.

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

Immediately following an arrest, a law enforcement officer may take a detainee to any one of numerous detention centers.. 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.

As soon as 24 hours after arrest, a bond hearing may be held. Our attorneys can best prepare for your bond hearing and case with sufficient time to prepare. Involvement throughout the life of your case is an important aspect of criminal defense, and time is essential for preparation.

Columbia, South Carolina Criminal Defense Attorneys – What to Consider

If you have been arrested and charged with a crime in South Carolina, your personal freedom and professional welfare are at stake. Choosing to ignore the situation won’t make it go away. If you’ve been charged with a crime, it’s important to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney who best suits your needs. Keep in mind, the single most important element when hiring your criminal defense lawyer is trust. It is imperative that you trust the attorney that you hire.

Our criminal defense attorneys understand what you are going through, and are happy to sit down with you face-to-face to explain that process.

Common situations requiring an experienced Federal or South Carolina State Criminal Defense Lawyer:

  • Drug charges
  • DUI
  • Domestic violence
  • Traffic ticket
  • Assault and battery
  • Juvenile crimes
  • Fraud
  • Weapons charges
  • White collar crimes

Our familiarity with prosecutorial techniques and knowledge of criminal law ensures that you will receive an aggressive, well-planned criminal defense.

If you have just been released from jail,  it is important to immediately contact an experienced criminal defense attorney, especially before the next court date. The sooner this is done, the better chance you have for a successful defense.

Tips To Consider When Hiring Your Criminal Defense Attorney

To determine which attorney is best suited to defend your criminal charges, there are several factors to consider:

  • The attorney-client relationship is built upon trust and you should select a criminal defense attorney that you feel comfortable with.
  • Your attorney needs to know everything that happened. An attorney cannot prepare an adequate defense without knowing all of the facts related to the case. Disclosure may prevent a roadblock later in your case which could have been avoided.
  • Make sure that you understand what your attorney’s “fee” covers.
  • Make sure that your attorney discusses the charge(s) against you, what the prosecutor must prove or establish to find you guilty, and the potential criminal penalties for the particular crime involved.
  • Ask your South Carolina criminal defense lawyer what types of cases he or she typically handles as well as whether the attorney has defended the charge you have been arrested for.
  • Be leery of anyone promises or guarantees you specific results.  While your attorney can give you a good idea of what to expect, what your options are, and possible outcomes, it is unethical and impossible to guarantee you a specific result.

Criminal charges do not mean that a defendant is guilty of the crime. Through the criminal justice process, it is the burden of the prosecution to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the crime.

More on Richland County in Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia State House LightsRichland County, one of the largest counties in South Carolina, is home to county seat and state capital Columbia. Richland County is home to numerous important landmarks including the Fort Jackson Army Base and the state flagship University 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 half of all U.S. Army soldiers every year, including 60% of 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. The university’s Columbia campus educated upwards of 32,000 students annually. Columbia, ranked the #3 college town in the U.S., partners with the university, which is responsible for crucial economic growth and development in the city.

Columbia is also home to various natural landmarks. Multiple rivers, including the Broad River, Saluda River, and Wateree River each run through Columbia, which is also home to Lake Murray. Kayaking, fishing, biking, and swimming are all popular attractions at these natural locations and provide many fun activities for residents and visitors.

Columbia’s downtown scene includes popular bar areas Five Points and The Vista. Five Points is located on Harden Street, and is perhaps the most popular downtown area. Students have frequented Five Points for decades, not just for its bar scene but also for classic eateries and boutique shopping. The Vista, located on Gervais Street, is a popular downtown area for young professionals and offers upscale dining and scenic views of the Congaree river.

In Richland County, most DUI arrests are made by South Carolina Highway Patrol, although arrests may be made by any law enforcement agency. Depending on the arresting agency, a DUI case may be heard by the Central Court, City Court, or a Magistrate Court. 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. Shortly following arrest, a bond hearing is set. 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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