Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Charges in Winnsboro, SC

Criminal allegations are life changing events that can seriously impact your future. Hiring a professional attorney is an important first step in the criminal defense process.

The criminal justice system is a complex organization that our attorneys have experience navigating. For decades, we have developed a deep understanding of the court system and a typical prosecution that benefits our clients. 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.

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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. Attorneys from the Strom Law Firm will travel to wherever you are located and have extensive experience operating in South Carolina and Georgia.

An arresting officer may work for any of several law enforcement agencies. The arresting agency may depend on different factors, including the location of the crime allegedly committed. It is prudent to retain legal counsel as soon as possible after arrest.

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. Involvement throughout the life of your case is an important aspect of criminal defense, and time is essential for preparation.

Even if you are charged with a crime, you are innocent until proven guilty. The prosecution is responsible for proving that the defendant is guilty.

Aggressive Domestic Violence Representation in South Carolina

Under South Carolina law, domestic violence charges can involve an accusation against a spouse, girlfriend or boyfriend, or household member.

Just because you were arrested and charged with domestic violence (also known as criminal domestic violence or CDV) does not mean that you are guilty. Many factors need to be considered when preparing your defense after your arrest which is why contacting a qualified attorney immediately after arrest is imperative.

What is Domestic Violence?

As defined by South Carolina statute, domestic violence is physical harm or the threat/attempt to cause physical harm to a household member.

A household member is defined as being male and female and are either:

  • Married
  • Used to be married
  • Live together
  • Used to live together
  • Share a child in common

Domestic violence sometimes is a pattern of behavior used by the aggressor to establish power and control over another person.  The violence can be physical such as hitting, slapping or shoving but can also be emotional or psychological abuse such as threatening physical harm to self, partner, or partner’s friends, family or children. With South Carolina ranking worst in the nation for deadly violence against women according to a report released in September 2015 by the Violence Policy Center, law enforcement are feeling extra pressure to protect the victim.

What Happens if I’m Found Guilty?

If charged with domestic violence, building an appropriate defense from the beginning is of vital importance.  A guilty conviction can affect your professional and personal life.

A DV conviction can have severe consequences, including:

  • Imprisonment
  • Lost child custody or visitation rights
  • Large fines
  • Mandatory community service
  • Counseling or anger management classes
  • A permanent mark on your criminal record
  • Loss of your right to carry a firearm

Domestic Violence Penalties

All domestic violence crimes  (1st, 2nd and 3rd degree) have the same base element-the Defendant inflicted physical harm to a household member ORoffered/attempted to cause physical harm with the present ability to do so.

Winnsboro, South Carolina

The county seat of Fairfield County, SC is the town of Winnsboro. Winnsboro, known as “A Town for All Time”, is directly between the Midlands and the Upstate. Between Charlotte, North Carolina and Columbia, South Carolina, Fairfield county also boasts two lakes within its borders. Fairfield County is also home to over 11,000 acres of the Sumter National Forest.

Thanks to its central location, Winnsboro is often utilized by travelers. These travelers frequently utilize I-77, which runs straight through Winnsboro.
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There are several famous landmarks in Winnsboro. One such popular attraction is Laura’s Tea Room, a classic style tea room in the heart of Winnsboro. Serving as the Chamber of Commerce and polling location, the Winnsboro Town Clock has been in continuous operation for over a century. Originally a railroad town, Winnsboro is home to the South Carolina Railroad Museum.

Because of abundant lake access in Fairfield County, Boating Under the Influence charges may be applicable. BUI is very similar to DUI. Access to Lake Wateree is provided by the Lake Wateree State Park and Recreation Area, which allows many types of recreation including swimming, fishing, boating, camping, and more.

The Fairfield County Courthouse is an important Winnsboro monument, constructed in Greek Revival Style. Constructed to resemble Greek Revival Architecture, the Courthouse of Fairfield County is a hallmark of Winnsboro. Completed almost 200 years ago, the Fairfield Courthouse is a local landmark and is still operational.

Located at 10 Faith Lane, Winnsboro, the FCDC is where most offenders are taken after arrest. Most DUI arrests are made by South Carolina Highway Patrol, although some arrests may be made by the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office or local police. Upon arrest, individuals are either taken to FCDC or to the local police station.

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