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There’s a lot at stake if you are arrested and charged with a crime in South Carolina. A conviction can put your life and liberty on the line. In addition to steep fines and jail time, you could also lose your job, access to your children and face limited opportunities for the future.
Talking to an experienced Lexington criminal defense attorney is essential to make sure that you achieve the best possible outcome and protect your reputation.
It’s important to take criminal charges seriously, even if you know that you are innocent. The police make arrests when they are convinced they have sufficient proof to substantiate the charges. But they don’t always get the facts straight or follow protocols that protect your rights. A lawyer can analyze the circumstances of your case and determine whether it is best to get the charges minimized, fight for dismissal, or arrange for a plea bargain.
Without a doubt, being charged with a crime is a stressful experience. Knowing the South Carolina criminal case process can help you gain a general sense of what will happen, and in what order.
Bond is a deposit that must be made to get you out of jail. You may be able to pay it directly or have it put up by a bail bondsman. In South Carolina, there are several different types of bond, including:
Most people know that crimes are generally categorized as misdemeanors or felonies. A misdemeanor is the less serious violation and involves lesser penalties, whereas a felony is a serious crime with harsh consequences.
South Carolina divides misdemeanors into three classes, which carry different penalties that can include fines and/or jail time of up to:
Examples of South Carolina misdemeanors include:
Felonies include crimes such as:
They are placed in six categories and the length of prison time is limited to no more than:
There are some cases in which a crime is not classified as a misdemeanor or felony in South Carolina. These are typically small infractions, such as a traffic ticket, that can be resolved by paying a fine.
Regardless, any criminal charges need to be given full and immediate attention by a criminal defense lawyer. A misdemeanor may be a lesser charge, but it will still show up on a background check unless it can be expunged from your record ― and depending on the crime, that’s not always possible.
A criminal conviction could have lifelong consequences. It could:
Professional License Defense
The Jeffcoat Firm helps clients start and finish many different types of cases. We focus on helping our clients find the compensation they need.
Probation, Pardon, and Parole
The criminal defense lawyers at The Jeffcoat Firm have extensive experience and have successfully defended with many different types of criminal charges. Among the criminal charges we can help you with are:
Whatever charges you may be facing in Lexington, we can help. Contact us to find out more about how we can fight for your rights.
In the most difficult moment in your life, when you are facing serious criminal charges, you need an aggressive defense to protect your freedom, your finances, and your livelihood.
The Jeffcoat Firm provides people in Lexington with the quality defense they need. We know how to negotiate with and challenge the most experienced prosecutors, convince a jury, work with even the most difficult judges, and work to secure the best possible outcome for you.
With more than 20 years of experience fighting for our clients in the Lexington courts, we can tackle even the toughest cases.
Don’t put your future at risk. Contact the Lexington criminal defense lawyers at The Jeffcoat Firm so we can help you build a tough defense, no matter the circumstances of your case. To get started on your defense, call us or contact us online today.
It is normal to be frightened of the future if you’ve been arrested. You could be facing serious penalties, including jail time and heavy fines. What you need is a lawyer who wants to do more than just get through your trial. You need a lawyer who will use the most aggressive legal strategies and who will put every bit of their energy into your defense.
The Jeffcoat Firm knows exactly what you are up against. We know how you are feeling. And we want to be there with you the whole way, from the moment you call us to the moment we secure the best possible outcome in your case. When you bring in a quality lawyer who cares about their clients, you increase your odds of a greatly reduced sentence or even an outright dismissal of charges.
Whatever charges you are facing, and whatever penalties are on the line, we will be there to defend you. We won’t let the court push you into accepting an unfair deal. If they push you, we’ll push back.
South Carolina divides its courts into three categories: circuit court, magistrate court, and family court. If you are facing criminal charges, you will be dealing with the circuit court.
The Jeffcoat Firm has plenty of experience working with the Lexington Circuit Court. The court can be found at:
Lexington County Circuit Court
205 East Main Street
Lexington, SC 29072
During criminal defense proceedings, we will almost certainly be in contact with the local law enforcement who investigated, questioned, and arrested you. In Lexington, we frequently work with:
Lexington County Sheriff’s Department
Lexington County Law Enforcement Complex
521 Gibson Road
Lexington, SC 29072
Lexington Police Department
111 Maiden Lane
Lexington, SC 29072
The Jeffcoat Firm has been providing legal services to clients in Lexington, Columbia and the surrounding areas for nearly 20 years. Our approach to our criminal defense practice encompasses three guiding principles: diligence, dedication and determination.
No matter if you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor, felony, professional license complaint, or DUI, our attorneys will listen to your side of the story and put up a vigorous defense on your behalf.
When you meet with one of our attorneys, the first thing we will want to know is what happened, from your point of view. Make sure to answer all of the questions truthfully, even if it feels awkward or embarrassing. Remember, we are working to protect you. Failure to reveal something could have a significant impact on the strategy we develop to defend you.
Next, we will spend as much time as necessary to analyze the situation and discuss best-case scenarios. In situations where it is not possible to have the charges totally dropped, we won’t sugarcoat things. We will give you a realistic assessment of possible sentences and get your thoughts on next steps.
Expect that the entire criminal case process will be a very emotional time for you. With so many unanswered questions swirling around, it’s common for people to feel angry and depressed. Let The Jeffcoat Firm support you. We are available to assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For help with your criminal matter, call us or fill out our contact form.