Loved One Arrested

Loved One Arrested with Criminal Charges in Columbia, South Carolina

Criminal charges are a serious matter in South Carolina, especially when a loved one is arrested. An attorney who knows the criminal justice system is an essential aspect of defending criminal charges.

Since 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.

The attorneys at the Strom Law Firm are familiar with various jails and detention centers. We have extensive experience working with and visiting these types of facilities. Our attorneys work most frequently with the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, located at 201 John Mark Dial Dr, Columbia, SC 29209, and at the Lexington County Detention Center, located at 521 Gibson Rd., Lexington, SC 29072. The attorneys of the Strom Law Firm have vast experience traveling across South Carolina to several detention centers.

Arrest warrants are served by various law enforcement agencies in South Carolina. The arresting agency may depend on different factors, including the location of the crime allegedly committed. It is important to contact a criminal defense attorneys as early as possible to defend your rights.

A bond hearing will happen promptly following an arrest on criminal charges. Our attorneys can best prepare for your bond hearing and case with sufficient time to prepare. Contacting legal representation as early as possible is the best way to give an attorney adequate time to prepare.

Being charged with a crime does not make you guilty of a 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.

Loved One Arrested? Where’s What You Should Do:

Determine Where They Are Being Held

Hand in JailYou must determine where your loved one is being detained. Once your loved one is at the detention facility they will have the opportunity to contact you. If you have not heard from your loved one, then you should contact the law enforcement agency that arrested or is holding your loved one. Many Counties provide inmate information online.

Family Members Attending the Bond Hearing

A bond hearing should be held within 24 hours of your loved one’s arrest.  The detention center will advise you as to the approximate time of bond court.  Plan to arrive 30 minutes early to the jail where your loved one is being held. Make sure you bring a photo ID to enter the detention center. Also, be prepared to go through security measures upon entering the facility. Click here for a list of County Jails in South Carolina.

Representation at the Criminal Bond Hearing

Your loved one has the right to have a criminal defense lawyer represent him or her at a bond hearing and it is important to contact the bond hearing attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC as soon as possible to ensure adequate representation, if necessary, at the bond hearing.

What You Can Expect At Bond Court

If your loved one was charged and arrested for a crime what you can expect depends upon the charge.

Bond for an arrest that does not carry a possible punishment of Life without Parole such as Murder or Burglary in the 1st degree will be set by a South Carolina Magistrate or South Carolina Municipal Court Judge.

The Judge may consider whether the accused is:

  1. A flight risk?
  2. A danger to the community?

A Judge may then consider:

  1. Any criminal history,
  2. The seriousness of the offense charged,
  3. The employment status of the accused,
  4. How long the accused has been at his/her current residence, and
  5. Any victim impact testimony.

This is not an exclusive list, but it does contain the factors considered at most bond settings.

What Types of Bail Bonds Are Available?

There are 3 types of bonds a criminal defendant can receive in bond court.

Personal Recognizance Bond (PR bond). A PR bond allows a defendant to be released without posting any money with the court based on his/her promise to appear when the case is called for trial.

Surety Bond. A surety bond requires you to post money or property with the Court to be released.

For example, if the Judge sets a $10,000 surety bond, the defendant must post $10,000 in cash or real estate with the Court in order to be released.

If the defendant fails to appear when his case is called for trial, he may forfeit the $10,000 he has paid or, if he posted his property as surety, the Court can begin foreclosure proceedings.

You may also contact a bail bonding company to see if they are willing to help. You need to make sure that you understand their fees and payment options. Keep in mind that if you post your own case or property with the Court, your money and/or property will be returned to you at the conclusion of the case. If you use a bail bondsman the money will not be returned to you.

Surety Bond With a Ten percent cash option. A defendant must post 10% of the total bond amount in cash.

For example, if a defendant receives a $10,000 surety bond with a ten percent option, he can post $10,000 in real estate/personal property or $1,000 in cash.

Can’t Afford Your Bond? To avoid your loved one having to remain in jail while you wait for your trial date, our attorneys can make a motion for a bond reduction to request an amount more reasonable or affordable.

Being arrested does not mean that you are a bad person or even that you are guilty. What it can mean is that your family is forced to deal with a personal, family, social, business, employment, and financial crisis which most families have not experienced or even know how to deal with.

Columbia, South Carolina

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

Columbia, South Carolina State House
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 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 University of South Carolina Gamecocks have their home in Columbia, and the UofSC is the state’s flagship university. Over 32,000 students are educated each year at the Columbia campus. 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 Congaree River, Saluda River, and Wateree River each run through Columbia, which is also home to Lake Murray. Boating, sailing, hiking, 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. Five Points, the Vista, and Main Street give patrons many options to choose from. Main Street is currently undergoing a renaissance, hosting many popular Columbia events such as Restaurant Week, Famously Hot New Year, the Soda City Market, and Oktoberfest. 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.

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. After arrest, alleged offenders may be taken to a police station or to the Alvin S. Glenn detention center. Shortly following arrest, a bond hearing is set. 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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