Expungements and Pardons

Expungements and Pardons in Winnsboro, South Carolina

Hiring a criminal defense attorney in Columbia, South Carolina is essential. The criminal defense attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC will fight to protect your rights and your personal and professional future.

Court Room MicAt 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.

Our attorneys regularly visit the various correctional facilities throughout South Carolina. Immediately following an arrest, a law enforcement officer may take a detainee to any one of numerous detention centers. 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.

Arrest warrants are served by various law enforcement agencies in South Carolina. In Richland County, arrests can be made by any law enforcement agency. 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.

Contacting the Strom Law Firm immediately may help you successfully navigate pretrial sanctions and alleviate potential damages before a trial takes place.

What is an Expungement?

Generally, when you are convicted of a crime, that record may follow you forever. Even if you have served your sentence or paid your fine, the lasting implications of a criminal record can follow you forever, affecting you personally and professionally.  However, South Carolina law allows for some convictions to be removed from your record through an expungement, which is an order for the destruction of records relating to an arrest and/or conviction. Our criminal defense attorneys can advise you as to whether you are eligible for an expungement.

Why Is Expungement Sometimes Necessary?

Ensuring that your criminal record is an accurate reflection of your criminal history helps you avoid the risk of being turned down for a job simply because you were arrested or suspected of illegal activity.  Criminal background checks are often administered for various application processes and could reveal past convictions that can hurt your future. Missing out on employment opportunities, being ineligible for loans, and other associated set-backs can take a serious toll on your life and your family’s life based on an incident that occurred many years prior.

What Alternatives Are Available For Me If I Am Not Eligible For An Expungement?

If you are not eligible to have a particular arrest or record expunged, you may be eligible for a pardon. A pardon mitigates or sets aside punishment for a crime and restores the rights and privileges forfeited on account of the offenses, but does not remove the conviction for your record. While a pardon does not remove items from a background check, pardoned convictions on your record will be followed by a notation that they have been “pardoned”.

Winnsboro, South Carolina

Welcome to south CarolinaWinnsboro is the county seat of Fairfield County, South Carolina. Located in the midlands but near the upstate, Winnsboro calls itself “A Town for All Time.” Also located in Fairfield County are two lakes: Wateree and Monticello. Fairfield County is also home to over 11,000 acres of the Sumter National Forest.

Winnsboro is a popular stop for motorists traveling between the major cities of Columbia and Charlotte due to its location directly between the two destinations. Interstate 77 runs directly through Winnsboro on the Columbia side and provides access from Winnsboro to Fort Jackson Military Base.

There are several famous landmarks in Winnsboro. Laura’s Tea Room, located in the same building as the historic Thomas Company, hosts visitors and residents alike for high tea and is a popular tourist attraction. Serving as the Chamber of Commerce and polling location, the Winnsboro Town Clock has been in continuous operation for over a century. As an homage to its roots as a railroad town, Winnsboro is also the location of the SC Railroad Museum.

Because of abundant lake access in Fairfield County, Boating Under the Influence charges may be applicable. Charges for BUI should be handled by a seasoned attorney, just like any criminal defense charges. 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. The courthouse is still operational even though it was initially constructed in 1823.

The Fairfield County Detention Center is located at 10 Faith Lane, Winnsboro, SC 29180. Police in the area include the Fairfield County Sheriff and SC Highway Patrol. Arrested individuals may be taken to the corresponding police station to their arresting agency or to the Fairfield County Detention Center.

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