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Will I Go To Jail For A Domestic Violence Charge in South Carolina?

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Facing a criminal charge is daunting. When such a charge stems from domestic violence, there is a possibility of jailtime, depending on the severity of the charge.

Each case is, however, subjective, and having an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side can lead to a more positive outcome. A lawyer who has a thorough understanding of South Carolina state law can help you design a comprehensive defense strategy that aims to preserve your freedom.

How are domestic violence charges prosecuted?

South Carolina prosecutors take domestic violence cases seriously. The state has a particularly high domestic violence rate, especially in cases with female victims. The domestic violence homicide rate is also relatively high compared to the rest of the country. As such, prosecutors approach these cases with tenacity as they seek to curb these statistics.

A domestic violence conviction can carry the following penalties;

  • First Degree: This is a felony offense that could result in up to 10 years in prison.
  • Second Degree: You could receive three years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000.
  • Third Degree: You may be sentenced to 90 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

Protecting your rights

An individual may feel as though they do not need an attorney to defend themselves against domestic violence charges, especially if the victim has plans to drop the charges. Even if the charges are dropped by the accuser, the state may still proceed with their prosecution. Turning to the services of a seasoned criminal defense attorney can greatly improve your chances of avoiding jail. 

Steep penalties often arise when a case is handled improperly. Not utilizing an attorney, or hiring one with insufficient experience, can ultimately hinder your defense.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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