CRIMINAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ATTORNEY
Domestic violence charges in South Carolina can include very serious consequences to those charged. The person accused of criminal domestic violence could face stiff financial penalties, could lose the right to carry a firearm, be evicted from his or her apartment, and even be jailed, losing your most important right: your freedom. Given the potentially severe consequences, it is important to learn more about a Greenville criminal domestic violence charge.
WHAT RIGHTS DO YOU HAVE?
Those accused of domestic violence also have rights in South Carolina, including the right to a trial by jury, the right to challenge witnesses, and the right to testify (or not) at trial. It’s crucial to understand that perpetrators of domestic violence do not need to prove their innocence; the law exists to require prosecutors to prove that the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Those arrested and charged with criminal domestic violence in South Carolina should also understand that they are entitled to be represented by a lawyer at every stage of the process. This is a critical right, as it allows defendants to rely on the years of experience of a seasoned criminal defense attorney. Rather than feel alone in a confusing and often scary criminal justice system, a criminal defense attorney understands the process and can effectively advocate on your behalf, standing in your corner when so many others may be in opposition. A skilled South Carolina criminal defense lawyer will step in from the very beginning of the criminal process and ensure that your rights are protected. This is done by thoroughly investigating the facts underlying your charges, challenging the prosecution’s version of events, and exploring possible alternatives to a risky criminal trial, such as a negotiated plea deal.
CAN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS DROP CHARGES?
It isn’t uncommon for domestic disturbances to escalate quickly. What began as a small argument may become increasingly loud and hostile and lead to police involvement and even an arrest. Once tempers cool, those involved may have second thoughts about the seriousness of the event, and may even decide to drop any criminal complaint against the perpetrator. In other cases, a victim of domestic violence may be terrified of going forward with a criminal prosecution, fearing this could spark even worse violence. As a result, the victim may ask to drop charges. So what do prosecutors do?
Some police departments and counties in South Carolina handled the issue by implementing what are known as “no drop” policies. A “no drop” policy refers to the inability of victims of criminal domestic violence to drop charges against the perpetrator.
Though these “no drop” policies used to be far more common, today, police departments and prosecutors are mindful that not every domestic violence case deserves to move forward. Prosecutors can and sometimes do dismiss cases if the facts are such that moving ahead is not in the interest of justice.
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.
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 of t a junior attorney.
Aaron De Bruin | Criminal Defense Attorney
For over 10 years, Aaron De Bruin has been dedicated to representing clients within the criminal justice system. Aaron is committed to relentlessly providing his clients the legal counsel they deserve during the difficult times associated with a criminal charge. He prides himself on the ability to defend his clients and constantly seek the most favorable outcome for their individual situation.
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