The Columbia and Lexington criminal defense lawyers at The Jeffcoat Firm defend those accused of criminal domestic violence (CDV) by protecting their constitutional rights, freedom, and reputation.
People accused of criminal domestic violence may be wrongfully arrested for numerous reasons, including those below:
- Divorce and child custody issues
- Mental illness and stress-related issues.
- Prior criminal record
- Retaliation for unrelated issues
- Substance abuse
Those accused of CDV deserve an experienced criminal domestic violence defense attorney in Columbia who understands the procedures used by police and prosecutors to obtain a conviction.
- Types of Criminal Domestic Violence Cases We Handle
- How Can Our Domestic Violence Attorneys Help?
- South Carolina Criminal Domestic Violence Statutes
FREE CRIMINAL DEFENSE CASE REVIEW
- Attorney Consultation: You will meet with a criminal defense lawyer rather than a paralegal or legal assistant.
- Your Case: You will discuss the facts of your case with the attorney to review the inherent strengths and weaknesses of your case.
- Rights & Penalties: You will discuss your rights, the sentencing range of the charge(s) if convicted, court procedure, and any defenses to the crime with the attorney. If you retain us, we will immediately begin to fight your charge by implementing our personalized defense strategy.
- Collateral Consequences: You will learn the collateral consequences of a conviction, such as possible loss of gun ownership, occupational, and right to vote.
- FREE: Legal consultation is always free and always confidential.
Types of Criminal Domestic Violence Cases We Handle
Because of recent changes to South Carolina law, the penalties for CDV convictions have increased in severity. With so much at stake, those accused of criminal domestic violence deserve an attorney who is knowledgeable of the law, experienced in the courtroom, and understands the measures and procedures used by police and prosecutors to obtain a conviction. The Jeffcoat Firm handles every type of CDV charge:
- Third-degree CDV: misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in prison and/or fines between $1,000 and $2,500 if convicted
- Second degree CDV: misdemeanor punishable up to three years in prison and/or fines between $2,500 and $5,000 if convicted
- First degree CDV: felony punishable by up to ten years in prison if convicted
- Criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature (CDVHAN): felony punishable by up to twenty years in prison if convicted
- Order of protection violations: up to $1,500 in fines and five years in prison (depending on the severity of the violation)
Hiring a lawyer is one of the most important decisions you will make during this process, and should not be based solely on advertisement. Please review our qualifications and experience, then contact our professional license defense attorneys at The Jeffcoat Firm immediately for a free and confidential consultation to learn about your rights, court procedures, possible penalties and collateral consequences if convicted, and available defenses.
How Can Our Domestic Violence Attorneys Help?
When people are charged with criminal offenses in South Carolina, they often assume the situation is hopeless; it’s not. You don’t have to deal with these kinds of charges on your own.
Our attorneys at The Jeffcoat Firm will do everything in their power to resolve your situation with the most beneficial outcome. You may think your charges are not serious, but the consequences of even a misdemeanor conviction can negatively affect the rest of your life. You need a criminal defense attorney that won’t quit fighting for your liberties and your long-term future.
The Jeffcoat Firm attorneys are always available, meaning you won’t waste any time waiting for a reply. Your initial consultation is free, so you have nothing to lose by contacting us.
DISCLAIMER: Any results achieved on behalf of a client in one matter does not necessarily indicate that similar results can be obtained for other clients.
South Carolina Criminal Domestic Violence Statutes
For more information about SC criminal domestic violence statutes, please refer directly to the South Carolina Code of Laws.
16-25-10.”Household member” defined.
16-25-20. Acts prohibited; penalties; criminal domestic violence conviction in another state as a prior offense.
16-25-30. Possession of a firearm by a person convicted of domestic violence or domestic violence of high and aggravated nature; notice.
16-25-65. Criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature; elements; penalty; conditional probation; statutory offense.
16-25-70. Warrantless arrest or search; admissibility of evidence.
16-25-80. Effect on enforcement of contempt orders and police arrest powers; construction with assault and battery and other criminal offenses.
16-25-120. Release on bond; factors; issuance of a restraining order; notice of right to counsel.