Greenville, SC
Criminal Defense Attorney

Because Your Future Deserves a Defense

A Criminal Charge in Not a Conviction

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. However, it is important to remember a charge is not a conviction! You have the right to fight and defend yourself from criminal prosecution. You have a right to fight the charges against you. 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 JAG Officer, he prosecuted a wide variety of criminal cases. As a former prosecutor Aaron understand both sides of the criminal justice system, and the best ways to help defend you against your criminal charges. He understands how the other side views evidence and operates. Therefore, he knows what to look for when reviewing the evidence and accusations made against you. Don’t wait until the last minute to speak with an attorney. Aaron cares about his client’s future. That is why he offers a free case evaluation.

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How a criminal defense attorney can help you:YOU

An attorney familiar with the criminal justice system can help you during the stressful criminal procedure process. The Criminal Defense section of the De Bruin Law Firm is led by Aaron De Bruin. He you are thinking about hiring an attorney to defend you here are some things you need to think about when deciding which attorney is best for you.

Reasons To Hire Aaron De Bruin:

  • Former Marine Corps. Prosecutor
  • His Office is available to clients 24/7
  • Free Case Evaluations
  • Offers Payment Plans
  • Named Legal Elite of of the Upstate by Greenville Business Magazine

Tenacious Defense of South Carolina Criminal Charges

Our strategy is constructed based on the specific charge, facts, and circumstances of your situation. We may challenge law enforcement procedures, forensic testing, witness bias, and other aspects of the law enforcement investigation and prosecutor conduct. Aaron understands the importance of thoroughly gathering and analyzing relevant facts, which is why he works closely with private investigators and experts in disciplines like forensics, medicine, psychiatry, chemistry, accident reconstruction, and other areas of specialized knowledge. Although we fit our defense strategy to your unique situation, some of the tactics that Aaron might employ to protect your future include:

  • Proving a search violated the Fourth Amendment
  • Seeking exclusion of confessions obtained illegally
  • Challenging chemical testing in driving under the influence (DUI) cases
  • Revealing shoddy collection and handling of forensic evidence
  • Conducting tenacious cross-examination of prosecution witnesses
  • Exposing the failure of officers to document chain of custody
  • Exposing lack of training or a pattern of misconduct by the arresting officer
  • Challenging an unlawful stop based on insufficient articulable facts

Fighting for Those Accused of the Full Spectrum of Criminal Offenses

Greenville criminal defense attorney Aaron De Bruin has the experience and expertise to represent clients charged with a broad spectrum of crimes. Our law firm provides aggressive defense to a multitude of criminal charges, including but not limited to the following:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • Assault and Battery
  • Drug Offenses
  • Theft Crimes
  • Sexual Assault
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Domestic Violence

Criminal Convictions Can Result in Serious Sentences and Consequences

While a misdemeanor charge can result in county jail, significant fines, a driver’s license suspension, mandatory classes, community service, probation, and other penalties, a felony could lead to similar consequences and a lengthy period of incarceration in state prison. Depending on the felony, you also might face other serious penalties, such as mandatory registration as a sex offender, limitations on where you can live and travel, loss of certain constitutional rights, exposure to searches without cause, a prohibition on possessing firearms, and more.

While these forms of punishment can impact your family, career, and finances, there are other consequences that may have a significant long-term impact even after you have fully satisfied the terms of your sentence and probation:

  • Exposure of immigrants to removal or permanent exclusion from entering the U.S.
  • Ineligibility for certain occupational or professional licensing
  • Academic discipline by colleges
  • Denial of admission or expulsion from a university
  • Disqualification from eligibility for certain loans and financial aid
  • Discovery of conviction and denial of employment or rental housing
  • Damage to the individual’s personal and professional reputation

Although our Greenville criminal defense lawyers work diligently to protect clients from a criminal record and incarceration, our approach involves preparing the most effective defense to negotiate any plea agreement from a position of strength.

Five Questions You Need to Ask Before Hiring a 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 to a junior attorney.

What will a criminal defense attorney do for my case?

Once I have evaluated your case I will provide 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 expectation I have for you as a client and what expectations you should have for me as your defense attorney.

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 your 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 require you to look into a rehabilitation facility. I have had client’s charged with drug crimes who unfortunately we 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 an addition 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 decrease your changes 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 your are facing if convicted. For criminal defense services I charge my client’s a flat fee on almost all cases at the start of their case. Therefore, you know how much your case will cost on 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 I offer a payment plan option. If you’d like to see if you qualify for our criminal defense payment plan option please contact us by using our form, or call us directly at (864) 372-2896.

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If you are arrested for a felony, misdemeanor, DUI, or serious traffic offense in Greenville, SC or the surrounding area, Aaron De Bruin provides aggressive defense of his clients’ rights, freedom, and driving privileges. We have someone available to speak to you 24 hours/7 days per week. Our firm will even arrange in-house financing in certain cases. Call us today at 864-372-2896 to arrange a free, no- obligation confidential consultation.
The De Bruin Law firm offers a wide range of legal services to clients in Greenville, SC and the surrounding upstate. Our experienced attorneys can help you with legal matters in the areas of business law, criminal law, estate planning, and real estate law.
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