Domestic Violence Practice Areas

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If you have been charged with criminal domestic violence (CDV) in Lexington, South Carolina or another part of Richland County, you can turn to our competent attorneys at the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC for excellent defense. We know that there are many people who are falsely accused of abusing or threatening to abuse their current or former spouses, current or former significant others or household members. Our skilled Lexington criminal domestic violence lawyers can bring you up to speed on everything you need to know about your CDV charges. Once they do that, they can help you set up and execute an effective defense strategy. Below, we have listed various CDV-related topics that we discuss on our website. Click on the provided links for additional information!

Criminal Domestic Violence
The crime of physically abusing one's spouse or household member (or threatening such abuse) is known as criminal domestic violence. In South Carolina, CDV can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. If you are accused of CDV, our firm can help you challenge your charges.

Domestic Violence Bond
Individual who are arrested and incarcerated for alleged offenses of CDV are entitled to bond hearings. In these hearings, a Magistrate Judge will set the CDV bond amount for the defendant, considering that the person is not deemed a flight risk. The defendant may be able to get out of jail by paying a cash bond, or based on his or her own recognizance.

Felony Domestic Violence
When a person is charged with criminal domestic violence at the felony level in South Carolina, he or she is usually charged with Criminal Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Nature (CDVHAN). There are a number of different factors that can lead to these charges, such as the use of a deadly weapon in the alleged offense or the serious bodily injury of the alleged victim.

Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban
If you are convicted of a CDV charge, or if you your CDV charge causes you to have an order of protection issued against you, you will be banned from using or possessing a firearm or ammunition. A violation of this ban is a federal crime.

Domestic Violence Overview
On our website, we provide an overview of the various CDV statutes for the state of South Carolina. These statutes set the standards for what is considered misdemeanor or felony CDV, and they also list the penalties that can result from these different types of CDV convictions.

Domestic Violence and Alcohol
A criminal domestic violence case can become much more complex when alcohol is believed to be a factor in the alleged crime. The involvement of alcohol by one or both parties may lead to blurry recollections of what occurred. If the defendant is believed to have committed domestic violence as a result of alcohol use, he or she may end up being ordered to an alcohol treatment program.

Domestic Violence and Divorce
Some individuals may use allegations of CDV to try and gain the upper hand in a divorce or other type of family court action. The accuser may simply be trying to obtain a CDV-related order of protection, which could give that person an advantage in a child custody case or give the individual sole access to a shared residence.

Contact the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC to get the information and the strong legal representation you need for your CDV case. We want to help you properly defend yourself against your charges!

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