Have you or a loved one been arrested for criminal domestic violence or CDV in Spartanburg, South Carolina? Are you seeking real answers to your questions about CDV law from a criminal defense attorney?
Being arrested for CDV can be a traumatic experience on an entire family. In an instant, often fueled by law enforcement's "zero tolerance" training your entire life can be turned upside down. You may face the loss of use of your home, separation from your family, job loss and the possibility of severe criminal penalties.
At the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, we represent clients throughout the Spartanburg area fight unfair CDV charges or seek a deserved second chance. We offer consultations to those arrested for CDV by calling (888) 301-6004. We can be retained after either a telephone consultation or a no cost consultation in person with an attorney in our office. We recomend that everyone charged with CDV also read ourfrequently asked questions page.
CDV: A Serious Crime
Domestic violence charges are taken very seriously throughout South Carolina, including in Spartanburg. First time offenders face a fine of up to $5,000 and/or up to thirty days in jail. Additionally a conviction comes with a mandatory criminal record, restrictions on firearm possession and may be considered grounds for immediate termination by your employer.
Those penalties are just for the basic first offense CDV charge. Repeat offenders face mandatory jail or prison time. First time offenders facing a CDVHAN charge face a minimum of one year to a maximum of ten years in prison.
By working closely with our clients, the police, prosecution and the Court system we help our clients try to avoid these severe criminal penalties and keep their life on track.
Second Chances for CDV
Many of our CDV defense clients come to us with no prior criminal record. They often have good jobs and a responsibility to their family. The criminal arrest seems to come out of the blue, when an isolated incident becomes blown out of proportion after law enforcement becomes involved.
For our clients who are interested in obtaining a second chance, without the uncertainty of a trial, we are able to assist by incorporating all available Court alternatives into the overall defense strategy. There are programs that exist that can seek to totally eliminate the criminal penalties associated with a CDV charge through successful completion. This usually involves the completion of a counseling program, and upon request we can refer our clients to start such a program as soon as we are retained.
For more information on how to obtain entrance into a diversion program, such a pre-trial intervention, for a CDV case contact our office at (888) 301-6004.
Building a Defense to the CDV Charge
Under South Carolina law the police may feel that a CDV arrest is appropriate, or even mandatory, even in situations where there is no physical harm or physical injury. Additionally the alleged victim is usually not able to drop the charges due to the prosecution being made by the State as well as the "no drop" policy.
CDV arrests many times are the result of a hurried police investigation, or are otherwise based on incomplete or misunderstood facts. Through our knowledge of the law and court procedure we assist in building a defense to CDV charges in several ways:
- We file discovery motions with the Court to ensure that information about our client's case is turned over to us before we go to trial
- Asking questions such as whether or not the police have probable cause to make an arrest, whether there are motives for false allegations made against our clients and who the primary aggressor was in any conflict
- Objecting to improper evidence and legal arguments submitted by the police or prosecution
No Contact Bond Restrictions
Many times when someone is arrested for CDV they will be told at the bond court to have no contact with the alleged victim. It won't matter if that person is your spouse, or if you live or work together. Violating the nocontact bond restriction, even just by a phone call or text message, can subject you to immediate arrest. We are available to help our CDV clients seek to have the no contact bond restriction lifted or modified.
Facing a Spartanburg CDV Case?
Contact the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, about your Spartanburg SC CDV Case today. Appointments are set by calling (888) 301-6004. Although no lawyer can ever make any promises or guarantees regarding the outcome of a criminal case, we believe that diligent representation can result in outcomes more favorable than first thought possible.
CDV Cases Throughout Spartanburg County
We are available to represent clients charged with domestic violence, or other serious crimes, throughout Spartanburg County. This includes clients charged in Inman, Town of Pacolet, Pacolet Mills, Greer, Lyman, Duncan, Welford, Boiling Springs, Pauline, New Prospect, Landrum, Woodruff, Enoree, Chesnee, Cowpens, Converse, Glendale, Roebuck, Mayo, Switzer and Moore. We also represent clients throughout South Carolina includeing Greenville,
Lexington, Newberry and