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Your first Court date may be your last.
Your first Court date may be your last.

When someone is arrested for CDV in South Carolina they are usually given a date to appear on their ticket. Many people have an expectation that there first Court appearance will be for a preliminary hearing or an arraignment. This is not the process in South Carolina. In a ...

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Blog posts in February, 2011

  • How many people are on a CDV trial jury?

    Anyone charged with CDV in South Carolina is eligible to receive a full trial by jury. Jury trials are not conducted on the Court date written on a ...

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  • Arrested for CDV? Better check your Facebook account.

    It seems like everyone has a Facebook account nowadays. Even CDV defendants. Police and CDV prosecutors know this and are now routinely checking up on ...

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  • Going back home after a CDV Arrest

    A common dilemma faced by those after a CDV arrest is when the alleged victim won't leave a shared residence even though the bond court implemented a ...

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  • If I have a new wife is it still CDV 2nd?

    A question that for whatever reason keeps popping up in my practice is whether or not someone can be charged as a domestic violence repeat offender if ...

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  • Is domestic violence a felony or misdemeanor?

    In South Carolina we actually have four different types of domestic violence charges. Some are classified as misdemeanors and some are felonies. 1st ...

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  • Will the CDV Court give me a payment plan for my fine?

    Under South Carolina law the Court is to consider a payment plan for a defendant who has been found indigent. A finding of indigency typically will ...

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  • Can I plead no contest to CDV?

    If you are arrested for CDV in Lexington or Columbia South Carolina you will be given a date and time to appear in CDV Court. One question I receive a ...

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  • Can Women be Arrested for CDV?

    The answer to whether or not a woman can be arrested for domestic violence in South Carolina can be summed up in one word. Yes. South Carolina's CDV ...

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  • The Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban

    One of the most significant penalties for those convicted of criminal domestic violence comes as a result of the Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban. ...

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