Marion Criminal Defense Lawyer
Criminal charges in South Carolina are not something you can laugh about or just dismiss. A criminal conviction, whether for theft, assault, family violence, drug crime, or another offense, can lead to jail time, costly fines, a criminal record, expensive court fees, and a host of collateral consequences. Put simply, it is one of the most challenging things you can go through in your life.
As a former prosecutor with more than 20 years of experience fighting for the rights of people who have been accused of various crimes, the Marion criminal defense lawyer at The Law Office of Brad C. Richardson, LLC, knows firsthand how district attorneys and the police build cases against alleged criminals. Our lawyer knows the game and the playbook well because they used to be in the other side’s shoes.
They know the local court system and have developed relationships with the prosecutors, judges, court staff, and probation offices. Attorney Brad C. Richardson also knows how things work in specific prosecuting agencies and courtrooms. They know who exactly to talk to and the most efficient ways to go about each criminal case. Ultimately, they will use their insider knowledge to fight criminal charges, such as:
- Traffic crimes, including driving with a revoked or suspended license
- Property crimes, such as theft and burglary
- Violent crimes, including assault and murder
- Restraining orders and domestic violence
- Drug crimes, such as possession and intent to manufacture or sell
- Sex crimes, such as sexual assault and child pornography
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
The Right Lawyer. Right Now.
If you are suspected of a crime, talk to an attorney immediately. From our offices in Conway, Myrtle Beach and Marion, we provide hope and options to the accused. Call today at 843-765-4321. Schedule A Consultation
You Have Legal Rights Even If You Have Been Charged with a Crime
We understand that the criminal justice system can be intimidating and confusing. However, that does not mean that you do not have legal rights once you have been charged with a crime. Through each criminal justice system stage, the police and relevant authorities must uphold your rights, including, but not limited to, the following:
Your Miranda Rights
Essentially, the arresting officer must read you the Miranda warning or rights after arresting you and before they can interrogate you. Keep in mind that the police are not required to read you the Miranda warning, which states your legal rights about police interrogations if you’re not under arrest.
The reason for this is that since you’re not being arrested for a crime, you’re not going to be tried, which means that the police don’t have to warn you that they can use whatever you say to them during a trial. If you’ve been read the Miranda warning and waived your right to have a lawyer present or stay silent, you have all the right to change your mind later and say that you plead the Fifth.
Search and Seizure
This legal term refers to the search and examination of a suspected offender’s home, business, or vehicle to look for evidence that they have committed a crime. The police may seize objects that they consider evidence of the crime. Search and seizure procedure also involves arresting the suspect. The Fourth Amendment safeguards your privacy rights by forbidding unreasonable intrusions into your personal property.
To ensure these rights, there are legal protections in place that will only legally allow the police to interfere with your Fourth Amendment rights under specific circumstances. Our Marion criminal defense lawyer can assess the circumstances surrounding your arrest. If the police didn’t have probable cause when they arrested you, we can request the judge to declare any evidence seized during your arrest to be inadmissible at trial.
Your Right to a Fair Trial
You have various critical rights during a criminal trial, the most important of which is that you are presumed innocent until you are proven guilty. You also have the right against self-incrimination, to face the people who are accusing you of a crime, and to avoid being tried for the same crime twice, among many others.
If you believe that the police have violated any of your legal rights throughout the criminal process, you should reach out to our Marion criminal defense lawyer right away.
What Our Marion Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Do For Your Case
Our Marion criminal defense lawyer at The Law Office of Brad C. Richardson, LLC, will investigate the case against you and negotiate deals with the prosecutors. These deals may include reduced charges, reduced sentences, and reduced bail, among others. Due to various factors, overloaded court calendars, overcrowded prisons and jails, public and political pressure, etc., proper deal negotiations have become immensely crucial in unburdening the criminal justice system.
When you work with our Marion criminal defense lawyer, they will also:
- Gather evidence to defend the charges against you
- Examine witnesses
- Evaluate the search and seizure procedures
- Analyze the case against you
- Formulate a plea
- Assess potential sentences
- Give you sound advice on the potential consequences of a conviction, criminal record, or plea.
If a deal just isn’t possible in your case or you choose not to plead guilty, we are fully prepared to represent you in a trial.
Get Legal Advice From an Experienced Marion Criminal Defense Lawyer Now
If you are being investigated for a criminal offense or have been charged with one, do not delay in reaching out to the Marion criminal defense lawyer at The Law Office of Brad C. Richardson, LLC. Some attorneys take their sweet time to begin working on a case, often stalling until they get the police reports or the first court date before they even discuss your case and prepare for any possibility. We, on the other hand, believe that prompt action is particularly vital to criminal cases.
The first several days after your arrest or before you have been formally charged with a crime are the most crucial time for building a defense strategy. By working on your defense as quickly as possible, we can locate witnesses and critical evidence and get a leg up toward fighting the charges against you.
To find out more about your case and how our Marion criminal defense lawyer can help, please call our office or send us an online message.