A Criminal Charge Is Not a Conviction:
Do you want a Defense Attorney to defend you?
Criminal charges are a serious matter. In many cases, someone charged with a crime may face the possibility of jail. Additionally, a criminal charge may affect you for the rest of your life by limiting your ability to find work. It is important to remember a charge is not a conviction. You have the right to fight the charges against you and an experienced defense attorney can help.
It is important to have a lawyer who understands both sides of the criminal justice system.
Prior to becoming a criminal defense attorney Aaron De Bruin was a prosecutor for the United States Marine Corps. As a Marine Officer, he prosecuted a wide variety of criminal cases similar to yours.
As a former prosecutor Aaron understands the best ways to defend you against your criminal charges. He knows how the other side thinks and operates. Therefore, he knows what to look for when reviewing accusations made against you.
Don’t wait until the last minute to speak with an attorney about your case.
You can schedule a Free Consultation with Aaron.
How a Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help
An attorney familiar with the criminal justice system can help you during the stressful criminal procedure process. The criminal defense section of the Firm is led by Aaron De Bruin. Prior to becoming a criminal defense attorney Aaron was a federal prosecutor for the United States Marine Corps. As a Marine Officer, he was tasked with prosecuting a wide variety of criminal cases, including, but not limited to:
- Driving Under the Influence
- Assault and Battery
- Drug Possession
- Domestic Violence
Five Questions You Need To Ask
Before You Hire a South Carolina Criminal Defense Attorney
Who will handle my case?
How do you know the attorney you hire is the attorney who will represent you during the entire process? I personally guarantee that I will handle every part of your criminal case, you will not be passed off to a junior attorney.
What will a criminal defense attorney do for my case?
Once I have evaluated your case I will send you an overview of your case. This will describe among other things the criminal law process, how we will work together to navigate the criminal justice system, and what expectations I have for you as a client and what expectations you should have for me as your defense attorney.
Additionally, I will prepare your case for trial. That means going through all of the evidence against you, and seeing where your case’s strengths and weaknesses lie. Communication is key; you have my cell phone for a reason, I want you to reach me anytime with questions or concerns.
What should my attorney do to prepare my case for trial?
I collect not only the evidence that the government is required to supply, but also gather my own evidence for your defense as well. I will talk to witnesses, look for other video from third party sources, and go to the scene of the alleged offense. I believe your case is far to important not to go the extra mile to insure we know all the facts for your case, to provide you the best possible defense.
What do I need to do to help my attorney defend me?
No one cares more about your case than you. While we prepare your case, we also prepare you for trial. The one thing we need most from you is total honesty. Remember, everything you and I talk about is confidential. I am on your side.
For drug offense cases, we may even require you to look into a rehabilitation facility. I have had clients charged with drug crimes who unfortunate, were suffering from serious addiction and needed help, not jail. When I was able to convince those clients to make the difficult decision and enter a rehabilitation facility it helped create a positive situation that made negotiating their case more favorable. Many criminal cases last over a year. If I can help get a client suffering from addiction on the path to recovery while defending them from their criminal drug charges, their future becomes much more optimistic, and often, so does their case. Changing your life prior to trial or before a plea will greatly increase your chances of going to jail. We are here to help not only with your legal needs, but also to help you in life. We have seen success stories and want you to be one too.
How much does a criminal defense attorney cost?
Your attorney’s fees will be based on multiple things including but not limited to, the severity of the crime, the evidence against you, prior convictions, and the amount of jail time you are facing if convicted. For criminal defense service Aaron charges his client’s a flat fee at the start of their case. Therefore, you to know how much you owe from day one.
I also am aware that many people are unable to afford to pay thousands of dollars upfront. In order to better serve my clients Aaron offers a payment plan option. If you’d like to see if you qualify for our criminal defense payment plan option please use contact by using our form below, or call the De Bruin Law Firm at (864) 982-5930.