Stalking Charges in Columbia, South Carolina

In South Carolina, stalking charges are a serious event. Hiring a professional attorney is an important first step in the criminal defense process.

court-house-pictureStrom Law Firm is home to criminal defense attorneys who will fight vigorously in defense of your rights.

At the Strom Law Firm, we have experienced litigators who appreciate the criminal justice system. For decades, we have developed a deep understanding of the court system. As soon as we are brought onto a case, the legal team at Strom Law Firm will dig in to develop a detailed strategy for defending your rights.

South Carolina has many jails and detention centers, many of which are frequented by the attorneys of the Strom Law Firm. 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. Our attorneys are willing to travel to any correctional facility across South Carolina and further to defend your rights.

Law enforcement agencies who arrest for criminal charges may come from any one of various agencies.

There are several law enforcement agencies in South Carolina who can arrest for criminal charges. Depending on the arresting agency, a case may be heard by the Central Court, City Court, or a Magistrate Court.

It is imperative that any person charged with a crime contact the Strom Law Firm immediately or as soon as possible after arrest. The attorneys at the Strom Law Firm may be an essential part of your defense, even before a trial takes place.

Stalking and Aggravated Stalking Criminal Defense Attorneys in South Carolina

South Carolina code of law 16-3-1700 defines stalking as a pattern of words or conduct of any form that has no true purpose, and is done in order to inflict on a person or would inflict on a reasonable person fear of:

  • death,
  • assault,
  • bodily injury,
  • criminal sexual contact,
  • kidnapping, or
  • property damage

to the person or a member of their family.

Aggravated stalking is stalking accompanied by an act of violence.

Penalties for Stalking in South Carolina

  • columbia-sc-nighttimeA person convicted of stalking is guilty of a felony and fined a maximum of $5,000, faces up to 5 years in jail, or both.
  • A person convicted of stalking when an injunction or restraining order is in place is guilty of a felony and fined a maximum of $7,000, faces up to 10 years in jail, or both.
  • A person convicted of stalking with a prior conviction of harassment or stalking within the past 10 years is guilty of a felony and must be fined a maximum of $10,000, a 15 year jail sentence, or both.
  • In addition to the above penalties, a person convicted of stalking who requested licensing or registration information from the DMV  and used the information to carryout the offense of stalking must be fined $1000, face a 1 year jail sentence, or both.

If you have been charged with stalking or aggravated stalking, call the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free consultation.

Information about Columbia, South Carolina

Richland County is the second largest county in South Carolina and is home to Columbia, which serves as state capital and county seat. Richland County is home to various important landmarks including the SC State House and the Supreme Court of South Carolina.

Fort Jackson Army Base, the largest U.S. Army installation for Basic Combat Training, is an essential facet of the Columbia community. 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 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.

Various natural landmarks run through Columbia. Multiple rivers, including the Broad River, Little River, and Wateree River each run through Columbia, which is also home to Congaree National Park. Kayaking, sailing, biking, 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. Popular among University of South Carolina students, Five Points also hosts several classic eateries and boutique shops. 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. 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. 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. The major cities and towns of South Carolina are covered by this interstate and highway system, which also runs through many smaller towns and communities.

Contact the Strom Law Firm immediately after you are arrested.

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