Lexington Domestic Violence Attorney
The Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, located in Lexington, South Carolina, represents clients charged with all levels of South Carolina's domestic violence law. As a criminal defense law firm we represent men and women who have been arrested and are facing prosecution for any misdemeanor or felony domestic violence charge. We regularly represent clients in Lexington and Richland County and are available to handle cases anywhere in South Carolina.
Changes to the Domestic Violence Laws
Domestic violence cases were previously called CDV, for Criminal Domestic Violence. On June 4, 2015, our law was emended creating a tiered system of "Domestic Violence" charges. All of the penalties have been greatly enhances, with the most minor level offense now carrying up to a ninety day sentence. Charges before this date will be prosecuted under the old CDV law, new charges only will face these enhanced penalties.
Criminal Domestic Violence is a serious offense in South Carolina. If you are convicted, even with no prior criminal record, you will face the possibility of a jail sentence and publically available criminal record.
South Carolina law allows an employer to immediately terminate an employee who is convicted of criminal domestic violence.
Recently arrested for domestic violence? Read our Top FAQ for CDV Cases.
What May Happen if Charged with Domestic Violence
When someone is charged with DV their entire world has been turned upside down. Domestic Violence at any level is one of the most vigorously prosecuted crimes in South Carolina. Husbands, wives, mothers, father, men and women are arrested and charged with this serious offense even in cases where no injuries or harm actually occurred. In fact our law now provides for up to ninety days in jail for a first time offender even when there was no injury.
If you have been arrested for CDV you likely have a lot of questions to be answered:
- Was it fair or legal for the police to arrest me? Can I fight the charge?
- Am I being charged with a misdemeanor or a felony? What is the difference?
- Is the judge going to send me to jail?
- What do I need to do to be allowed to return home to my family?
- Will an arrest and criminal conviction cost me my job?
Domestic Violence Tiered Offenses
Under the new law there are now a total of four possible domestic violence offenses that can be faced by a first time offender:
- Domestic Violence 3rd Degree
- Domestic Violence 2nd Degree
- Domestic Violence 1st Degree
- Criminal Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Nature (CDVHAN)
These offenses range from a possible 90 day sentence for a first offense 3rd degree, up to a possible ten year sentence for 1st degree and CDVHAN charges.
It is important to know that you do not have to face this charge alone. At the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, we have experience in representing clients from all walks of life defend themselves against criminal allegations made against them. We work hard for our clients to help them avoid being ruled a domestic violence criminal.
If you have been charged with South Carolina Domestic Violence you should understand that the outcome of your case can have lifelong consequences for you. Penalties for even first time offenders can include jail time. A conviction is guaranteed to result in a criminal conviction on your record, a prohibition against possession of a firearm, immigration and international travel restrictions. You could also face career ending professional licensing complications - or immediately lose the job you already have.
We approach domestic violence defense in a way much different than other types of criminal charges. Understanding how and why domestic violence is different from other types of assaults or incidents is a critical part of a defense strategy. Our approach has helped hundreds of clients achieve a favorable resolution to their charge. No matter what your situation is no case is hopeless. Our attorneys have found that an investigation into the facts of a domestic violence case, along with the availability of an aggressive courtroom defense, can result in outcomes far more favorable than was first thought possible. Any result our lawyers have achieved on behalf of clients in other matters does not necessarily indicate that similar results can be obtained for other clients.
Services We Offer for Domestic Violence Charges
If you have been charged with domestic violence you should consult with an attorney before appearing in Court. If you fail to do so you could find yourself convicted before having any meaningful opportunity to challenge your arrest or present your side of the story.
Our criminal defense services include:
- Representation in all CDV charges
- Representation in all Domestic Violence Charges
- Felony CDVHAN
- Appealing CDV Convictions
- Defense of Family Court Order of Protection Hearings
- Related Misdemeanor and Felony Charges
There is no charge to meet with our South Carolina CDV Lawyer about your case. To schedule your appointment call the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, directly at (888) 302-5840. Appointments are held at our office located at 316 South Lake Drive in downtown Lexington, South Carolina. For those not able to meet personally with us at our office we offer fee based telephone consultations.
Representation Throughout Lexington
We represent clients charged with both CDV and felony level CDVHAN in Lexington and surrounding areas including Saluda, Orangeburg, Aiken, Columbia and the Richland County CDV Court. Although no lawyer can ever make a promise about the final outcome of any CDV or other criminal charge, we strive to provide our clients with the necessary time, legal knowledge and strategies appropriate for their case.