Weapons Charges

Weapons Charge in Columbia, South Carolina

Gavel and justice scaleHiring a criminal defense attorney in Columbia, South Carolina is essential. Strom Law Firm is home to criminal defense attorneys who will fight vigorously in defense of your rights.

The criminal justice system is a complex organization that our attorneys have experience navigating. 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 moment you hire the attorneys of the Strom Law Firm, we will begin to craft a detailed defense of your rights.

The attorneys at the Strom Law Firm are familiar with various jails and detention centers.

Strom Law Firm represents clients across the state of South Carolina and in Georgia. Our attorneys frequently visit Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, the Lexington County Detention Center, and various other detention centers across the state.

An arresting officer may work for any of several law enforcement 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.

Bond hearings may be held as soon as 24 hours after the initial arrest. Thorough preparation for this and other hearings is only possible with adequate time. Contacting legal representation as early as possible is the best way to give an attorney adequate time to prepare.

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.

South Carolina Weapons Possession Criminal Defense Attorneys

Unlawful possession of a deadly weapon, such as a knife, gun, etc., is a crime that usually occurs in conjunction with other crimes.

Consequences of an Unlawful Possession Charge

Unlawful possession charges will vary depending on a number of factors, but can result in:

  • Prison sentence
  • Probation
  • Loss of right to bear arms
  • Heavy fines

Police Car SirenIn order to carry a concealed weapon, the state of South Carolina requires a concealed weapons permit. A permit holder must have his permit identification card in his possession whenever he carries a concealable weapon.

If you are found carrying your concealed weapon without a permit in South Carolina, you could receive a fine of up to $500 or up to 90 days in jail.

Individuals who choose to carry a gun or firearm concealed should be cautious, even with a permit. Violating the terms of the permit or taking a weapon into a state without a reciprocity agreement can result in serious consequences.

Some states’ laws require that the state issue a permit if the applicant meets all the legal requirements. Other states’ laws give local law enforcement discretion over whether to issue the permit, even if the applicant meets requirements under state law.

The requirements to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon will vary by state.

Furthermore, if you are convicted of a felony, the rights to carry a concealable weapon are revoked under federal law. Under state law your rights to carry a concealable weapon are revoked only for certain enumerated offenses.

More 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 several important landmarks including the Fort Jackson Army Base 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. An important part of the Columbia community, over 12,000 families call Fort Jackson home and over 35,000 potential soldiers are on campus throughout the year.

The University of South Carolina, the state flagship university of South Carolina, is the proud home of the Gamecocks. 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 Congaree River, Saluda River, and Wateree River each run through Columbia, which is also home to Lake Murray. Boating, fishing, hiking, and swimming are all popular attractions at these natural locations and provide many fun activities for residents and visitors.

Nightlife is an active part of the Columbia social scene. These downtown areas provide several options for anyone interested in dining, shopping, and more. Main Street, once a popular area downtown, is undergoing a rejuvenation and is home to many popular events, including the weekly Soda City Market. 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.

In Richland County, most DUI arrests are made by South Carolina Highway Patrol, although arrests may be made by any law enforcement agency. Magistrate, Central, and City Court all hear cases after arrest, depending on the arresting agency. A local police station or the Alvin S. Glenn detention center may hold alleged offenders directly after their arrest. Shortly following arrest, a bond hearing is set. It is essential that you contact an attorney as soon as possible after being arrested; this way, our experienced litigators can be involved in your case from the outset and guide you through the legal process from bond hearing through trial.

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 803-252-4800.

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