Sahn Law Firm

What Are The Common Types Of Criminal Cases That You Handle?

The most common types of criminal defense cases that we handle are drug cases, domestic violence cases, DUI cases, public intoxication and disorderly conduct cases, and assault and battery cases. We also commonly handle cases involving property crimes such as shoplifting, theft, grand larceny and damage to property.

How And When Do Miranda Rights Come Into Play In A Criminal Case?

Miranda rights are typically given to criminal defendants by law enforcement either upon their arrest, or immediately preceding an interview or statement. If a person is not read the Miranda rights, then anything that person says after he or she is arrested cannot be used against him or her in court. Unfortunately, if someone is not read their Miranda rights, it does not mean that the case will be dismissed.

What Are The Major Differences Between Misdemeanor And Felony Charges?

The biggest difference between a misdemeanor and a felony charge is the amount of jail time that each charge carries. Felony crimes are considered more dangerous and more serious than misdemeanors, and generally carry more severe penalties. This means that if a person is convicted of a felony, he or she could potentially face a longer jail or prison sentence than someone who is convicted of a misdemeanor. For example, a misdemeanor DUI charge can carry a penalty of up to 90 days in jail, whereas a felony DUI charge can carry a penalty of up to 25 years in prison. Felony DUI charges are commonly seen in cases involving the great bodily injury or death of an individual.

How And When Do I Get Out Of Jail After I Have Been Arrested?

South Carolina state law requires that a person be given a bond (or bail) hearing within the first 24 hours of his or her arrest. Whether or not a judge gives a bond at the hearing depends on two factors: whether the person is a flight risk and whether the person is a danger to the community. Based on these two factors, the judge may give the person either a personal recognizance bond (PR bond) or a surety bond. If a person is given a PR bond, they will not have to post any money in order to be released from jail. If a person is given a surety bond, they will have to post some amount of money with either the court or a bonding company in order to be released from jail.

What Should Someone Expect To Happen Once They Get Out Of Jail?

Once you get out of jail, you will be given at least one court date. At this point, the most important step to take is to hire the best criminal defense attorney you can, and to do so as quickly as possible. Depending on the type of charge you have, as well as the type of court that will handle it, you may not be required to physically attend court. Instead, an experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to go to court for you. Oftentimes, it is in your best interest to request a preliminary hearing on your case, which is something your attorney can do for you within certain timeframes.

Felony cases generally have a longer timeline than misdemeanor cases, but every case will vary in length based on the circumstances of the case. The most important thing to look for in an attorney is someone who will get you the best result possible – not just the quickest result possible.

How Does A Prior Arrest Or Conviction Impact My Current Criminal Case?

A person’s prior record will be one factor that a prosecutor considers when deciding how to prosecute a case. The judge could also take a person’s prior record into consideration during the sentencing portion of a case. Whether the client has a prior record or no prior record, the right criminal defense attorney will make a big difference in the final result of a case.

For more information on Criminal Cases In South Carolina, a free initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (843) 856-2222 today.

Sahn Law Firm, located in Charleston, South Carolina, provides representation throughout Charleston, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Summerville, Goose Creek, Moncks Corner, Daniel Island, Sullivan's Island, Georgetown, St. George, Hanahan, Santee, Isle of Palms, Folly Beach and Beaufort. The firm also represents people in the municipalities of Charleston County, Dorchester County, Berkeley County, Georgetown County, Clarendon County and Beaufort County.

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Sahn Law Firm

225 Seven Farms Drive
Suite 105
Charleston, SC 29492

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