Charleston Felony Defense Lawyer
Contact Sanders Law Firm, LLC for Help
If you have been charged with a felony it means that you are at risk of facing jail time and hefty fines. You will want a lawyer in your corner that has experience litigating felony cases. T.O. Sanders, founding attorney of Sanders Law Firm, LLC, is a former criminal prosecutor. As such, he has unique experience working cases from both sides of the courtroom. Mr. Sanders knows how prosecutors formulate their strategy and the tactics the defense can use to tear it down. Additionally, our team has the time and resources to provide every client with personal attention and a thorough investigation into the details of their case.
To schedule an appointment with a trusted Charleston criminal defense lawyer, call (843) 573-8828.
Understanding Felony Charges in South Carolina
South Carolina has no statute of limitations for felony charges. This means you could be charged with a crime that was committed inside the state at any time, even if the crime in question took place more than twenty years ago. Felonies are divided into six categories from A to F. These give you an idea of the penalties you could be facing and helps your attorney determine how seriously the court is taking the case.
Felony classifications in South Carolina:
- Class F – These are the lowest class of felonies. They include charges such as, failure to act to prevent sexual assault of a child, stalking and theft, and improper conduct during an election. Penalties include fines up to $25,000 and/or up to 5 years in prison
- Class E – Crimes are often given a Class E felony classification if the defendant has been found guilty of multiple misdemeanors in the past or for harming children. Penalties include fines up to $50,000 and/or up to 10 years in prison.
- Class D – Criminal acts such as felony drunk driving, setting fire to personal property (3rd degree arson), and first time drug offenses are usually labeled Class D offenses. Penalties include fines up to $100,000 and/or up to 15 years in prison.
- Class C – Crimes of a violent nature such as carjacking, armed robbery, or kidnapping are usually given at least a Class C ranking. Penalties include fines up to $100,000 and/or up to 20 years in prison.
- Class B – Many felonies where the offender intentionally participated in an action that contributed to the serious injury or the death of another are ranked Class B or higher. These include fatal hit and runs, conspiracy to commit a crime, and 2nd degree arson. Penalties include up to 25 years in prison.
- Class A – The most serious felony classification. Class A felonies include murder, attempted murder, and 1st degree sex crimes. Penalties include 30 years in prison.
Start Working With a Felony Defense Attorney Today
The penalties for felonies are serious. It is important to stay calm and find an attorney that can help. Charleston criminal defense lawyer T.O. Sanders holds the preeminent A.V. rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a prestigious institution that evaluates attorneys nationwide. The sooner our team can start investigating your case, the more evidence we can accumulate on your behalf. Call us today at (843) 573-8828 to get started.