Violent Crime Lawyers in Myrtle Beach, SC
At the David W. Martin Law Group, our Myrtle Beach criminal defense attorney knows that being charged with a violent crime comes with severe consequences in South Carolina.
South Carolina criminal law defines “Violent Crimes” under the South Carolina Code of Laws Section 16-1-60. In short, these crimes involve the threat to use force or actual use of force typically during a sex crime, robbery, assault, or murder.
If you have been charged with a serious violent crime, your future and very freedom may be at risk. We can help.
Contact our dedicated violent crimes defense lawyers in Horry County today to ensure your rights are protected throughout the legal process, so you can pursue the best outcome for your unique case.
Why is Someone Charged with Reckless Vehicular Homicide in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina?
Reckless Vehicular Homicide occurs when someone is killed in a vehicle collision caused by reckless disregard for the safety of others while operating a motor vehicle or boat in South Carolina.
That may include operating a vehicle in a negligent, grossly negligent, or reckless manner that poses a safety threat to others, or while committing certain traffic offenses. In some cases, this may result from a suspicion that the driver was driving under the influence and caused death.
Vehicular homicide in Myrtle Beach may be punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of $1,000 to $5,000. Further, such conviction could lead to a five-year driver’s license suspension.
Our Myrtle Beach criminal defense attorney will review the facts and evidence of your case to ensure the solicitor’s office is not pursuing severe charges against any of our clients without the proper proof to back up the charges.
Otherwise, they must pursue a lesser charge or dismiss the case.
What is the Difference Between Voluntary Manslaughter and Involuntary Manslaughter in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina?
Voluntary Manslaughter occurs when a death was caused without malice.
Commonly referred to as a heat of passion crime, voluntary manslaughter occurs when a person is strongly provoked — under circumstances that could similarly provoke a reasonable person — and kills in the heat of passion aroused by that provocation.
In South Carolina, voluntary manslaughter may be punishable by a minimum of two years jail time, and up to 30 years in jail without parole.
Involuntary manslaughter occurs when a death was caused while engaged in a reckless disregard of the safety of others and may be punishable by up to five years in prison.
What is the Difference Between Attempted Murder and Murder Charges in South Carolina?
Attempted murder charges occur when one person tries to kill another person with malice aforethought or premeditation, which may be punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
Murder, on the other hand, occurs when an actual death of any person with malice aforethought or premeditation, which may be punishable by a mandatory minimum prison term of 30 years, life in prison, or the death penalty.
Why Do I Need a Violent Crimes Defense Attorney in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina?
Facing serious criminal charges, including violent crimes or murder, on your own can have profound consequences.
First, without a skilled Myrtle Beach criminal defense attorney by your side, your rights may be violated throughout the court proceedings without you knowing. The reality is, police, investigators, and even the solicitor’s office can cross the line during an investigation, and if you are not aware of your rights or understand when evidence has been illegally obtained, you could be helping build their case against you.
Our skilled Myrtle Beach violent crimes lawyers at the David W. Martin Law Group will customize your defense strategy using a customized legal strategy that fits your unique needs.
That may include arguments that support your actions were:
- An accident
- The result of self-defense
- The result of insanity
- Protected under the Stand Your Ground or Castle Doctrine immunity
If you have been charged with causing the loss of another person’s life in South Carolina — even if you are innocent, or believe you were justified in your actions — you should never face these charges alone.
Pursuing the best outcome for your unique needs will require examining the evidence, and providing our clients with their best legal options, whether we pursue the charges be dismissed, decreased to a lesser crime, or a trial, we will be ready.
Contact Our Experienced Violent Crimes Defense Attorneys in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Today
If you have been charged with a violent crime, including murder in South Carolina, call 854-854-5623 or contact us online to learn more about how we can help you outline your criminal charges and customize your legal strategy to ensure your rights are protected throughout the proceedings.