Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys

Lead Counsel: Paul Thurmond

Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys

Domestic abuse in Charleston, South Carolina, is a serious crime with serious consequences. But that doesn’t mean you should be unnecessarily charged with domestic violence or have your rights contravened in the court. You need the best possible legal representation to avoid the collateral consequences that can occur when these charges are not handled with excellence, by attorneys who know the law and have worked such cases before.

We know you have questions about the charges you face, and we have compiled some answers to some of the most frequently asked ones.

Is Domestic Violence a Criminal Offense?

Domestic violence is a criminal offense, also referred to as a crime. It is considered a personal crime because it causes physical or mental harm to another.

What Is Considered a Violent Crime in Charleston, SC.?

South Carolina lists more than 40 offenses as “violent crimes.” This includes first-degree domestic violence and domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.

What Is the Difference Between Degrees of Domestic Violence in Charleston?

Domestic violence includes causing harm to someone in your household, or threatening or attempting to cause harm. Reasons for an arrest may include:

  • Assaulting someone who was pregnant
  • Blocking the offended party from using communication devices
  • Impeding the alleged victim’s airflow
  • Committing assault in the presence of a minor

The degree you’re charged with depends largely on previous offenses. A first-degree charge is filed when the person has at least two previous domestic violence convictions with the past decade. Second-degree charges may occur when the person has been convicted of domestic violence once in the previous 10 years. You’ll be charged to the third degree if it’s your first offense, or your first offense in at least the past 10 years.

What Happens for a Domestic Violence First Offense in Charleston?

For a third-degree conviction, if it’s your first offense, you can be fined between $1000 and $2500, face up to 90 days of prison time or both. If you’re convicted, your right to own a firearm is also taken away.

Experienced Representation in Your Domestic Violence Case

You need an attorney who can provide you with outstanding counsel as you face domestic violence charges. Our practice has strong leadership that guides us to come up with creative legal strategies to resolve your legal problems. We explain your options clearly and thoroughly, and we work to protect your reputation as we handle your case.

Call us at 843-937-8000 or contact us online. Our lawyers are eager to help solve your legal problems.

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