Resisting Arrest

Resisting Arrest in Columbia, South Carolina

Contacting an attorney immediately is a crucial part of effective criminal defense. The defense of your rights is greatly benefitted by the guidance of a professional lawyer.

At 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.

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

Detainees may be held in a number or police stations or correctional facilities immediately after arrest. Detention Centers in South Carolina are numerous, and include the Lexington County Detention Center and the Greenville County 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.

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.

Contacting a professional attorney is an important step to take immediately after arrest. Involving attorneys such as those at the Strom Law Firm as early as possible is crucial for the defense of a criminal case.

What is Resisting Arrest in South Carolina?

South Carolina law defines resisting arrest as when a person knowingly and willfully opposes or resists a law enforcement officer in serving, executing, or attempting to serve or execute a legal writ or process or resisting an arrest being made by one whom the person knows or reasonably should know is a law enforcement officer.  In other words, a person can be charged with resisting arrest if they flee from or attempt to resist a lawful arrest.

It is never a good idea to try and run from police or attempt to evade them if they are seeking your arrest- even if you feel you are innocent. If you evade a police officer it will only make things worse.  Fighting back or being belligerent with the police will more than likely get you charged with resisting arrest and exacerbate an already heated situation.

More on Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia Finlay ParkColumbia, 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.

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. 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 UofSC educates over 32,000 students per year on its Columbia campus. The university and city of Columbia are partners, as the university produces important economic growth, and Columbia is ranked as the #3 college town in the United States.

Columbia is also home to various natural landmarks. Multiple rivers, including the Broad River, Little 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 entertainment and attractions for local residents and visitors.

Nightlife is an important part of life in Columbia. 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. Competing districts Five Points and The Vista offer different attractions to different crowds, including the university students and young urban professionals. Columbia is an exciting place to live with activity happening day and night.

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. 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. 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 major highways run to Florence, Charlotte, Charleston, Greenville, and beyond.

Contact the Strom Law Firm immediately after you are arrested.

 

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