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Charleston Domestic Violence Lawyer

Facing criminal charges for domestic violence in Charleston, SC is serious. A conviction for a domestic abuse crime can have lasting consequences. Our founding partners at Young & Young, Attorneys at Law, began their legal careers in the Charleston Solicitor’s Office, prosecuting domestic violence cases. Our attorneys understand how the state handles these cases and can successfully defend you against domestic abuse charges.

Call Young & Young, Attorneys at Law today at 843-619-7755 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with a domestic violence lawyer.

Domestic Violence Laws In South Carolina

Domestic violence crimes (commonly referred to as DV and formerly known as Criminal Domestic Violence, or CDV) include any acts that cause harm, or threaten to cause harm to a member of the defendant’s household. There are differing degrees of criminal domestic violence charges, that range in severity from first, second and third-degree charges. These crimes can include:

  • Child abuse or endangerment
  • Harassment
  • Stalking
  • Spousal abuse

Our co-founding attorney Adam Young began his legal career exclusively prosecuting domestic violence cases. As prosecutors in the 9th Circuit Solicitor’s Office in Charleston, both of our attorneys have handled hundreds of DV cases. They know and understand these charges from the state’s perspective and use that experience to successfully negotiate and litigate as criminal defense attorneys on behalf of their clients.

Penalties for Domestic Violence in South Carolina

3rd Degreee 2nd Degreee 1st Degreee High & Aggravated
0-90 days imprisonment and/or $1000-$2500 in fines 0-3 years imprisonment and/or $2500-$5000 in fines 0-10 years imprisonment 0-20 years imprisonment
Misdemeanor Misdemeanor Felony Felony

Why Hire Young & Young

With their unique insight into South Carolina’s prosecution of domestic violence crimes, our lawyers have the experience and ability to investigate and thoroughly assess the merits of the state’s case against you. They will investigate every aspect of your case and analyze the evidence to determine if the accusations and allegations of domestic violence against you are false. Our attorneys will be able to explain all of your options, including any possible diversionary programs that may be available to you. They will thoroughly discuss your case and help determine if it is in your best interests to negotiate or proceed to trial.

What Is Victimless Prosecution?

Do not assume that if the alleged victims decide they do not want to press charges, that the case will be dropped. Prosecutors can still pursue a domestic violence case without the victim’s cooperation. This is known as victimless prosecution and can be very serious. If you are navigating a case that involves victimless prosecution, an experienced domestic violence lawyer can help.

Do I Need A Domestic Violence Attorney?

Being convicted of domestic violence may include penalties such as jail time and fines. If you are convicted, you will also not be allowed to own firearms of any kind. In addition, a civil order of protection may prevent you from seeing your children and staying in your home. Many aspects of your life could be negatively affected, it is best to take any criminal charges seriously and retain an experienced criminal defense attorney who can fight for your rights.

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