Weapons Possession

Weapons Possession Charges in South Carolina

If you or your loved one has been arrested and charged with weapons possession, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Columbia, South Carolina, who will fight to protect your rights. The criminal defense attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC will fight to protect your rights and your personal and professional future.

The criminal justice system is a complex organization that our attorneys have experience navigating. Our attorneys have spent years defending cases and working with prosecutors to achieve outcomes for 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.Circle Court Room

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.

Law enforcement agencies who arrest for criminal charges may come from any one of various agencies. The arresting agency may depend on different factors, including the crime allegedly committed. In any case, you maintain your rights and should rely on legal counsel to accurately maneuver the criminal justice system, from the arresting agency through the court system.

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. Please contact an attorney as soon as possible after your arrest so that preparation can begin for the complete case.

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

In 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.

Sumter, South Carolina

Sumter, SC is the largest town and county seat of Sumter County, South Carolina. Sumter is located outside of Florence, SC, where Interstate 20 and 95 intersect. Sumter is known for a variety of attractions, including USC-Sumter and Shaw Air Force Base. White Front Building

Founded in 1941 as Shaw Field, the Shaw Air Force Base is one of the largest Air Force Bases in the world. Shaw AFB is home to the 20th fighter wing, the largest combat F-16 wing in the Air Force. The base’s annual payroll is $625 million, and hosts of 20,000 residents, contributing greatly to the economy and population of Sumter.

Because of Sumter’s location between Florence and Columbia, I-95 and multiple U.S. Routes run through its borders. Sumter is 100 miles west of Myrtle Beach’s Grand Strand, a popular tourist destination. Sumter also plays home to a variety of bars and nightlife venues.

Ranked fifth highest out of 338 SC metropolitan areas, Sumter’s crime rate is high. Sumter, at the center of the surrounding Tri-County Area, is one of the largest cities in South Carolina.

The Sumter County Courthouse is a historic landmark, designed by a Darlington, SC native. The Sumter County Courthouse is located at 215 North Harvin Street, Sumter, SC 29150. The Sumter Police Department has jurisdiction in Sumter County, though DUIs may be charged by any police agency with jurisdiction, including the South Carolina Highway Patrol. The active correctional facility in Sumter is the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center, located at 1250 Winkles Rd., Sumter, SC 29153.

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