No one wants to consider themselves, or have others think of them, as a domestic abuser or a criminal. Yet this is exactly what will happen if you are convicted of criminal domestic violence in South Carolina.
While every case is difference, many start out in the same way. Someone calls 911 to respond to a household argument. Often times the callers goal is to have a situation defused. Whatever the reason for the call though when the police show up the case takes on a life of its own. Domestic abuse cases are always picked up and prosecuted by the State - regardless of if anyone actually involved wants to see an arrest or have the case go to Court.
Within a few minutes, hours or days after the arrest it is not uncommon for the alleged "victim" to want to see the handcuffs removed, jail doors opened and the case dismissed. Frantic pleas for assistance are made to the CDV Court, Police Department or the Victim's Advocates. Unfortunatley though due to policies in place to protect a small minority of cases involving real victims experiencing "battered woman's syndrome" - there is no such thing as simply having the charges dropped.
There are however many options that can result in a CDV case ultimately being dismissed after certain types of proceedings - avoiding all of the unfortunate criminal penalties and public records associated with a conviction. The options that are available in any given case are only determined after a thorough evaluation of the case - but there is hope for all cases.
To discuss your South Carolina Criminal Domestic Violence case contact CDV Defense Lawyer James Snell.
The Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, is located in
Lexington, South Carolina and is able to represent defendants throughout South Carolina. Contact his office today at 1-888-301-6004.