The Michael Jeffcoat Firm defends those accused of criminal domestic violence (CDV) by protecting their constitutional rights, their freedom, and their reputation. We are also dedicated to defending persons who are charged with other serious violent crimes, such as assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, kidnapping, manslaughter, and murder. Find details about some of our notable South Carolina criminal cases and successful case dismissals.
Unfortunately, people accused of CDV may be wrongfully arrested due to (1) Retaliation for unrelated issues, (2) Substance abuse – alcohol and drugs, (3) Divorce and child custody issues, (4) Prior criminal record, and (5) Mental illness and stress-related issues.
Because of a recent change in the law, the penalties for a CDV conviction are significantly worse because of an increase in the amount of potential jail time. Those accused of CDV or a violent offense deserve a criminal defense lawyer with experience in the courtroom, and who understands the procedures used by police officers and prosecutors to obtain a conviction.
CDV CASES WE HANDLE
- Every type of CDV charge – First degree, Second degree, and Third Degree
- Criminal Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Nature (CDVHAN)
- Order of Protection
OTHER VIOLENT CRIME CASES WE HANDLE
- Assault and Battery – First degree, Second degree, Third degree, By Mob
- Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature (ABHAN)
- Harassment – First degree, Second degree, Third degree
- Involuntary manslaughter
- Voluntary manslaughter
- Homicide by child abuse
- Attempted murder
HOW WE CAN HELP
- We can immediately begin your defense by sending a letter of representation to the police and prosecutor and by filing a motion for discovery to prevent those parties from contacting you and at the same time, to compel them to provide you with all evidence planned to be used against you in court.
- Prompt, personal attention and clear communication.
- Every case is thoroughly evaluated and prepared to build the best defense possible.
- Bond hearings
- Court appearances
- Preliminary hearings
- Negotiation of charges
- Motion hearings
- Plea hearings
FREE CASE REVIEW AT THE MICHAEL JEFFCOAT FIRM
- 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.
POSSIBLE LEGAL DEFENSES TO CRIMINAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
- You are innocent.
- Someone else did it. Police arrested the wrong person, or you were framed.
- Mere presence – I was there, but I didn’t have anything to do with it.
- Coerced confession / False confession – The statement to the police is a lie.
- Mistaken identity (eyewitness misidentification).
- Alibi – I was somewhere else.
- Self-Defense / Stand Your Ground / Defense of others.
- Accident / Mistake
- Necessity / Duress
- Insanity / Incapacity (Mental illness)
- Lack of probable cause
- Police Misconduct
- Double Jeopardy
PENALTIES AND CONSEQUENCES
- Jail / Prison time
- Fines and fees
- Possible loss of gun ownership
- Possible loss of the right to vote
- Possible loss of student scholarships
SOUTH CAROLINA CDV 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 restraining order; notice of right to counsel.