How To Beat A Felony Drug Charge—What You Need To Know

How To Beat A Felony Drug Charge — What You Need To Know

If you have been arrested and charged with drug possession, this can result in a felony—a serious offense with the potential for lifelong consequences. But is there a way out? What can you do to help your case to have the best possible outcome? Understanding how to beat a felony drug charge, whether you’ve been charged just with possession or also with intent to distribute, is complex and challenging for most average citizens. Obtain Representation, Then Start Reading While you have the right to represent yourself in court, your best option for success will be to obtain a drug charge attorney in South Carolina who is experienced in defending clients from drug charges. They will represent you in court. You should get a lawyer at…

Columbia, SC marijuana lawyer

What Happens When You Get Arrested for Marijuana?

Despite the growing number of states—and, most recently, Canada—that have legalized the use of marijuana (or “weed”) for medical and/or recreational purposes, possession, use, and sale of marijuana is still illegal in South Carolina, even if you purchased the drug in a state where it is legal. The state takes these laws very seriously. If you are arrested for charges related to possessing, using, buying or selling marijuana, you need to understand the legal implications around what happens when you get arrested for marijuana, which can mean jail time and financial penalties, as well as having a negative effect on your future. Definition of “Marijuana” and Potential Charges While understanding the detailed descriptions and implications of the law is often best left to an experienced…

South Carolina Defense Attorney

How To Find A Good Lawyer For Drug Charges

When you are charged with a drug-related crime, quickly obtaining counsel to defend you is extremely important. But how do you find a good lawyer who handles drug charges, and what should you look for in selecting a criminal defense lawyer in Columbia, South Carolina? Related Experience You will want to find a lawyer who has direct experience representing clients who have faced charges similar to your own—and who has a good track record of success in defending those clients. There are a lot of different types of crimes people can be accused of, so just because someone describes themselves as a “criminal lawyer” doesn’t mean they have dedicated experience successfully defending clients in cases involving drug charges. Don’t be afraid to ask specific questions…

How Long Does Domestic Violence Stay on Your Record?

How Long Does Domestic Violence Stay on Your Record?

A domestic violence charge can negatively impact your life. Even if you are not convicted and the charges are dropped, the arrest becomes part of your permanent record and can negatively affect your future in many ways—personally and professionally. How long does a domestic violence charge stay a part of your record, and is there any recourse to remove them? In South Carolina, you may have a path forward to clearing your record of domestic violence charges. Degree of Charges Part of assessing the impact of a domestic violence charge includes understanding the severity and complexity of your particular charge(s) under the law. In South Carolina, it is against the law to harm—or, in some cases, simply to threaten to harm—a member of your household….

Beyond the Legal Implications of a Domestic Violence Charge

Beyond the Legal Implications of a Domestic Violence Charge

When you have been charged with domestic violence, there are many implications beyond the obvious potential legal troubles of jail time and fines.  Here, we’ll drill down into all the challenges that can result from a domestic violence charge, beyond the immediate legal consequences. Domestic violence charges and laws not only vary from state to state; they can be a complex and sensitive personal matter that the involved parties are embarrassed to discuss. However, understanding not only the charges you may be facing if you are charged with domestic violence, but the additional potential problems that accompany such charges, is important and should be talked about. The Law Under South Carolina law, domestic violence means one party has been charged with threatening to do harm…

How Defense Attorneys Approach Fraud Cases

How Defense Attorneys Approach Fraud Cases

Many law firms offer an aggressive and comprehensive approach to defense of their clients, but don’t offer a lot of specifics as to how they arrive at their defense strategies. At The Leventis Law Firm, we don’t work on your behalf while you are kept in the dark. We want you to be as informed as possible, every step of the way, about your case. When we meet with you during your free initial consultation appointment, we sketch out an approach and discuss options and choices in the path ahead of you, and then together we will decide the best direction forward. If you have been charged with fraud in South Carolina, understanding what lies ahead, and what options you may face, is crucial to…

Is Domestic Violence a Felony or Misdemeanor?

Is Domestic Violence a Felony or Misdemeanor?

What constitutes domestic violence? When is it considered a misdemeanor and when is it considered a felony? South Carolina’s laws will be the focus. SOUTH CAROLINA DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LAWS Criminal domestic violence laws in South Carolina are detailed and complicated. The circumstances around domestic violence charges can be layered with complex history of the people involved in the domestic situation, and emotions can run high. Sorting out the law when domestic violence charges are pending is best handled by experienced attorneys who can act as your trusted advisors and guide you on how to present the best defense possible. Many factors have to be considered, such as history of other domestic violence charges, violation of protective orders, what type and degree of injury has been…

Should I Plead Guilty or Not Guilty at My First Court Appearance?

Should I Plead Guilty or Not Guilty at My First Court Appearance?

If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, you’re likely urgently seeking answers on what to do and not to do when the day of your first court appearance arrives (the “arraignment”). One of the earliest questions our clients often ask is whether they should plead guilty or not guilty at this appearance. The answer is—it depends. Understanding the law and having a history of practice in both the geographical region and a specific area of law are crucial components that can help determine the best steps to take in your case.Every case is different, in both charges and circumstances. We understand that most people accused of a crime don’t have the ability, skill or knowledge necessary to completely understanding all the implications…

Probation in South Carolina

What is the Difference Between Supervised and Unsupervised Probation in South Carolina?

When a person is charged with and eventually convicted of a crime, one common punishment that may be inflicted as part of the sentence is probation. Essentially, probation refers to a specific period when an offender can either be released from prison or avoid going to prison altogether, so long as he or she meets some specific conditions set forth by the court. For example, somebody convicted of a drug crime may be able to avoid prison time, if he or she submits to monthly drug testing during the period of probation. In South Carolina, there are two main types of probation that can be served: supervised and unsupervised. Understanding Unsupervised Probation in South Carolina When a person receives unsupervised probation in South Carolina, this…