You already know that being arrested and charged with a crime is both a frightening and overwhelming experience. A million questions are weighing on your mind:
How could they charge you with this? What exactly are you charged with? Is it a misdemeanor or felony? What’s the difference? Can you fight the charge? Should you? Will it stick on your record? When can you get out of jail? Will you have to go back to jail? How long will all this take? What options do you have?
Some criminal defense attorneys brag about being former prosecutors. I have never filed charges that put someone in jail and I never will.
I picked sides from the beginning of my legal career and have stuck to it ever since. I have always been on the side of the accused. The criminal court system–sometimes misidentified as a criminal “justice” system–is designed to keep the deck stacked against the defendant as much as possible. Punishments are harsh, the system is confusing, and the laws cast a wide net to control as many people as possible.
This is hard work. You want someone who is dedicated to it and cares about it. I am a proud member of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. I am at home in the courtroom, whether you are or not.
If you choose to hire me as your criminal defense lawyer, I take it as an honor that you trust me with your case. You and I will discuss what happened, what you should expect, and what our strategy will be going forward. I will stand up for you in court, return your calls, and keep you informed about any developments in your case.
Frederick Douglass Once Wrote:
“Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”