Answers from an Experienced Columbia Criminal Defense Lawyer
When your freedom, personal and family stability, economic survival, and reputation are at stake, you need a SC criminal defense attorney who understands what is at stake, and who will fight to protect your interests. You need to be aware of the charges you face. Any contact or statement with law enforcement can have lasting consequences. At the Strom Law Firm, LLC, our Criminal Defense Lawyers handle the following cases in all courts across South Carolina including Orangeburg, Lexington, Fairfield, Irmo and Richland County:
- Drug Possession and Trafficking
- Criminal Domestic Violence
- Simple Possession
- Mail Fraud
- Bank and Wire Fraud
- Breach of Trust or Embezzlement
For experienced criminal defense attorneys who will fight for you and protect your rights, contact the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free consultation.
Should I Talk to the Investigator?
Despite what you may think, and even if you do not think that you have done anything illegal, it is never a good idea to speak with law enforcement without an attorney. If you are contacted by law enforcement or even think that you may be under investigation, anything you do or say may be used against you in future criminal charges and/or proceedings. Contacting an attorney prior to any questioning is the safest route to protect your rights.
Is It Even Worth Fighting? Should I Plead Guilty
The decision to enter a guilty plea should not be made with haste, it is always best to consult the advice of a criminal defense attorney because when pleading guilty you give up any right to refute the charges against you. A guilty plea can have lasting consequences beyond a fine or prison sentence. Conviction of some misdemeanors and felonies result in potentially losing your right to public housing, suspension of your driver’s license, potential loss of qualifying for education scholarships, the loss of your right to carry a firearm or vote, and could mean a lifetime registration on the sex offender registry. Custody or visitation with your children can also be impacted by certain convictions, as well as professional consequences that can ruin your livelihood and end your career.
What are the Most Common Punishments?
Given the possible range of sentences, it is important that you consult a criminal defense attorney so that you are aware of all of the possible consequences of a crime before you decide how to plead in your case. Some possible punishments include:
- Monetary Fine
- A time-served sentence,
- Rehabilitation/education program
- House Arrest
Can I Appeal My Sentence?
If you are not satisfied with the sentence imposed in your case, you may appeal the decision within 10 days after the completion of your case. Failure to file within ten days, except in very limited circumstances, will cause you to lose your appellate rights.
Call a South Carolina Criminal Defense Lawyer Today 803-252-4800
If you are charged with a crime, you are innocent until proven guilty, which is a right guaranteed by our constitution. It becomes the state’s burden to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. It is essential that you prepare ahead of time for your first meeting with your criminal defense attorney. It is equally as important to schedule a meeting as soon as possible so your attorney can begin formulating a strategy for your case.