Loved One Arrested?

Loved One Arrested in Winnsboro, SC?

Contacting an attorney immediately is a crucial part of effective criminal defense. The defense of your rights is greatly benefitted by the guidance of a professional lawyer.

Our attorneys have a thorough understanding 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.

Lawyer Standing Over PapersOur attorneys regularly visit the various correctional facilities throughout South Carolina. There are various detention centers and police stations where an alleged offender may be held after being arrested. Some of these venues include the Greenville County Detention Center, the Charleston County Detention Center, the Lexington County Detention Center, and the Alvin S. Glenn 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. The arresting agency may depend on different factors, including the location of 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.

It is imperative that any person charged with a crime contact the Strom Law Firm immediately or as soon as possible after arrest. Involving attorneys such as those at the Strom Law Firm as early as possible is crucial for the defense of a criminal case.

Loved One Arrested? Where’s What You Should Do:

Determine Where They Are Being Held

You must determine where your loved one is being detained. Once your loved one is at the detention facility they will have the opportunity to contact you. If you have not heard from your loved one, then you should contact the law enforcement agency that arrested or is holding your loved one. Many Counties provide inmate information online.

What You Can Expect At Bond Court

If your loved one was charged and arrested for a crime what you can expect depends upon the charge.

Bond for an arrest that does not carry a possible punishment of Life without Parole such as Murder or Burglary in the 1st degree will be set by a South Carolina Magistrate or South Carolina Municipal Court Judge.

The Judge may consider whether the accused is:

  1. A flight risk?
  2. A danger to the community?

A Judge may then consider:

  1. Any criminal history,
  2. The seriousness of the offense charged,
  3. The employment status of the accused,
  4. How long the accused has been at his/her current residence, and
  5. Any victim impact testimony.

This is not an exclusive list, but it does contain the factors considered at most bond settings.

What Types of Bail Bonds Are Available?

There are 3 types of bonds a criminal defendant can receive in bond court.

Personal Recognizance Bond (PR bond). A PR bond allows a defendant to be released without posting any money with the court based on his/her promise to appear when the case is called for trial.

Surety Bond. A surety bond requires you to post money or property with the Court to be released.

For example, if the Judge sets a $10,000 surety bond, the defendant must post $10,000 in cash or real estate with the Court in order to be released.

If the defendant fails to appear when his case is called for trial, he may forfeit the $10,000 he has paid or, if he posted his property as surety, the Court can begin foreclosure proceedings.

You may also contact a bail bonding company to see if they are willing to help. You need to make sure that you understand their fees and payment options. Keep in mind that if you post your own case or property with the Court, your money and/or property will be returned to you at the conclusion of the case. If you use a bail bondsman the money will not be returned to you.

Surety Bond With a Ten percent cash option. A defendant must post 10% of the total bond amount in cash.

For example, if a defendant receives a $10,000 surety bond with a ten percent option, he can post $10,000 in real estate/personal property or $1,000 in cash.

Can’t Afford Your Bond? To avoid your loved one having to remain in jail while you wait for your trial date, our attorneys can make a motion for a bond reduction to request an amount more reasonable or affordable.

Being arrested does not mean that you are a bad person or even that you are guilty. What it can mean is that your family is forced to deal with a personal, family, social, business, employment, and financial crisis which most families have not experienced or even know how to deal with.

More About Winnsboro

Winnsboro, SC, located just outside of Columbia, SC, is the county seat of Fairfield County. Winnsboro is a historic town located between the Midlands and the Upstate, affectionately referred to as ‘The Charleston of the Upcountry’. Fairfield County offers access to Lake Wateree and Lake Monticello and is located directly between Columbia and Charlotte, NC. The Sumter National Forest, managed by the US Forest Service, is also located in Fairfield County.

Charleston DowntownWinnsboro is a popular stop for motorists traveling between the major cities of Columbia and Charlotte due to its location directly between the two destinations. Running directly through Winnsboro, Interstate 77 is one of the busiest highways in SC.

There are several famous landmarks in Winnsboro. Inside the original Thomas Company building is Laura’s Tea Room, a traditional tea room and popular tourist attraction. Another popular attraction is the Winnsboro Town Clock, which doubles as a community common area and a voting station. Winnsboro also hosts the SC Railroad Museum, possible the largest attraction in Fairfield County and a testament to the history of the county, originally a railroad town.

A charge you may face in Winnsboro is Boating Under the Influence. BUI is very similar to DUI. The Lake Wateree State Park is an access area commonly used for recreational activities.

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 was built in 1823 and still operates as the active courthouse in Fairfield County today.

Most offenders in Winnsboro are housed at the Fairfield County Detention Center. Police in the area include the Fairfield County Sheriff and SC Highway Patrol. Upon arrest, individuals are either taken to FCDC or to the local police station.

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