Frequent Criminal Defense Questions
I did not do anything wrong, so why should I worry about talking with an investigator?
Despite what you may think, and even if you do not think that you have done anything illegal, you should think twice before speaking with an investigator. If you speak with an investigator, you run the risk that your words, or any statement you make, may be misconstrued, misinterpreted, or twisted and result in your arrest. If you are contacted by law enforcement or even think that you may be under investigation, contact the criminal defense lawyers at Strom Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation to discuss the situation and the best way to proceed.
The information included on your ticket or warrant will usually contain:
- the crime or violation that you are charged with
- your first court date
- your bond (if any)
You should bring this documentation with you when you meet with the attorney.
Why Do I need to show up at My First and Second Appearances if I Won’t See A Judge?
To avoid a bench warrant for your arrest and protect your rights. While your first and second appearances may be somewhat procedural, you are required to attend. If you fail to appear, the judge can issue a bench warrant for your arrest.
What is a Bench Warrant?
A bench warrant is a warrant for your arrest issued by a judge because of your failure to appear in court when instructed to do so, or due to your failure to pay a fine or comply with a court’s payment plan. If a criminal defendant fails to appear in court or leaves before being released by the prosecutor, the prosecutor may ask the Circuit Court Judge for a warrant for your arrest. If you think a bench warrant has been issued against you, contact an experienced South Carolina Criminal Defense lawyer.
Can’t I wait to hire an attorney until after my second appearance?
In order to provide your attorney a sufficient amount of time to build your defense, you should hire a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible following your arrest.
It’s a petty charge, so it’s not worth fighting. I’ll just plead guilty, right?
The decision to enter a guilty plea should not be made with haste. It is always best to consult an attorney before making any decisions about your case. Even pleading guilty to a misdemeanor can have lifelong consequences. A criminal conviction may destroy your livelihood, eliminate your right to carry a gun, and result in the loss of custody rights.
Contact the criminal defense attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free consultation to discuss the alternatives to pleading guilty. We offer flexible payment options and accept Visa and Mastercard.