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South CarolinaCriminal Defense Lawyers in Charleston, South Carolina

The United States Constitution grants important rights to any person accused of a crime including due process, the right to a fair and speedy trial, the right to representation by counsel, the right to remain silent and to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures.


When choosing a criminal defense attorney in South Carolina, consider the lawyer's training, experience, ratings and reviews. Attorneys that practice within the criminal justice system tend to focus on certain types of cases in either state or federal court.


Most criminal defense attorneys provide a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case and defenses that might apply. Before you decide on which attorney to hire, meet with several different attorneys in their office to discuss the case and the attorney fees required for representation.


Once you decide which attorney to hire, make sure you and the attorney sign a written fee agreement or contract that describes the attorney fees required at each stage of the case including during pre-trial negotiations, motion hearings and a bench or jury trial.


A criminal defense lawyer in South Carolina should fight to protect the rights of his or her client in a criminal case against felony or misdemeanor charges... Read more »

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Andrew John Savage III

Andrew John Savage III
Savage & Savage, PA
15 Prioleau St PO Box 1002
Charleston, SC 29401
Licensed for 46 years, Andrew John Savage III is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended University of South Carolina Sc... read more >

Timothy Clay Kulp

Timothy Clay Kulp
Kulp and Elliott
116 Church St 3rd Floor
Charleston, SC 29401
Licensed for 43 years, Timothy Clay Kulp is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended University of South Carolina School of Law... read more >

Christopher Wayne Adams

Christopher Wayne Adams
The Law Office of Christopher W. Adams
102 Broad Street Suite #C
Charleston, SC 29401
Licensed for 28 years, Christopher Wayne Adams is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Georgetown University Law Center... read more >

C. Andrew Carroll

C. Andrew Carroll
Carroll Law Firm
44 Markfield Dr Suite C
Charleston, SC 29407
Licensed for 24 years, C. Andrew Carroll is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended University of South Carolina School of Law... read more >

John W. Molony

John W. Molony
John W. Molony Law Firm, LLC
John W. Molony Law Firm, LLC
Charleston, SC 29412
Licensed for 5 years, John W. Molony is a DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Mercer University Walter F. George School of L... read more >

Nicholas J Clekis

Nicholas J Clekis
Clekis Law Firm, PA
PO Box 1867
Charleston, SC 29402
Licensed for 35 years, Nicholas J Clekis is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer... read more >

Grant B. Smaldone

Grant B. Smaldone
The Law Office of Grant B. Smaldone, LLC
105 Wappoo Creek Drive, Suite 1A
Charleston, SC 29412
Licensed for 9 years, Grant B. Smaldone is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Charleston School of Law... read more >

Sara A. Turner

Sara A. Turner
The Law Office of Sara A. Turner, LLC
105 1A Wappoo Creek Drive
Charleston, SC 29412
Licensed for 9 years, Sara A. Turner is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

J. Michael DeTreville

J. Michael DeTreville
DeTreville Law & Mediation LLC
714 St Andrews Blvd
Charleston, SC 29407
Licensed for 16 years, J. Michael DeTreville is a Divorce and Child Custody / Visitation lawyer who attended University of South Carolina S... read more >

Nicholas Clekis

Nicholas Clekis
Clekis Law Firm
171 Church Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Licensed for 35 years, Nicholas Clekis is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended University of South Carolina School of... read more >

Charlie Condon

Charlie Condon
Charlie Condon Law Firm, LLC
880 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. Suite 1
Charleston, SC 29464
Licensed for 43 years, Charlie Condon is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Mark Andrew Peper

Mark Andrew Peper
The Peper Law Firm, P.A.
1637 Savannah Hwy. Suite 202
Charleston, SC 29407
Licensed for 16 years, Mark Andrew Peper is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Donald Higgins Howe Sr

Donald Higgins Howe Sr
Howe & Wyndham, LLP
PO Box 598
Charleston, SC 29402
Licensed for 38 years, Donald Higgins Howe Sr is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Robert Douglas Robbins

Robert Douglas Robbins
Robert D. Robbins, Attorney at Law, LLC
110 N. Main St.
Charleston, SC 29483
Licensed for 34 years, Robert Douglas Robbins is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Joseph Cole Good III

Joseph Cole Good III
Joseph C. Good III, PA
255 Saint Philip Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Joseph Cole Good III is a DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Thomas M. Colley School of Law... read more >

Jason C Bybee

Jason C Bybee
Law Office of Jason C. Bybee
1022 Carolina Blvd. Suite B
Charleston, SC 29451
Licensed for 14 years, Jason C Bybee is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

David Fletcher Aylor

David Fletcher Aylor
David Aylor, Attorney at Law
24 Broad Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Licensed for 15 years, David Fletcher Aylor is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Christopher Reginald Geel

Christopher Reginald Geel
Christopher R. Geel, P.C.
PO Box 21771 Suite 110
Charleston, SC 29401
Licensed for 12 years, Christopher Reginald Geel is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Emory University School of Law... read more >

Thomas James Rode

Thomas James Rode
Savage & Savage, PA
15 Prioleau St.
Charleston, SC 29401
Licensed for 13 years, Thomas James Rode is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Randall L Charpia

Randall L Charpia
Charpia Law Firm, LLC
300 N. Cedar St. Suite A
Charleston, SC 29483
Licensed for 13 years, Randall L Charpia is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

William Harold Nixon

William Harold Nixon
Law Office of Leon E. Stavrinakis
1 Cool Blow St Suite 201
Charleston, SC 29403
Licensed for 25 years, William Harold Nixon is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Paul Thurmond

Paul Thurmond
Thurmond Kirchner Timbes & Yelverton, PA
15 Mid-Atlantic Wharf Suite 101
Charleston, SC 29401
Licensed for 19 years, Paul Thurmond is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Marco T Torres

Marco T Torres
Torres Law Firm, PA
125-A Wappoo Creek Dr. Suite 202
Charleston, SC 29412
Licensed for 19 years, Marco T Torres is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Rodney Duane Davis

Rodney Duane Davis
101 Meeting St. 5th Floor
Charleston, SC 29401
Rodney Duane Davis is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Scott E. Kegel

Scott E. Kegel
Scott E Kegel Law Offices
231 King St 3rd Floor
Charleston, SC 29401
Licensed for 26 years, Scott E. Kegel is a Personal Injury and Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

J Joseph Condon

J Joseph Condon
J Joseph Condon Jr
3842-C Leeds Ave.
Charleston, SC 29405
Licensed for 33 years, J Joseph Condon is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Francis John Cornely

Francis John Cornely
Law Office of Francis J. Cornely
15 Prioleau St.
Charleston, SC 29401
Licensed for 34 years, Francis John Cornely is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Michele Patrao Forsythe

Michele Patrao Forsythe
Query Sautter Gliserman & Price, LLC
147 Wappoo Creek Dr. Sutie 202
Charleston, SC 29401
Licensed for 18 years, Michele Patrao Forsythe is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Kevin George Hales

Kevin George Hales
Law Ofc. of Kevin Hales
215 E. Bay St.
Charleston, SC 29401
Licensed for 17 years, Kevin George Hales is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

J Allen Mastantuno

J Allen Mastantuno
Mastantuno Law Firm, LLC
171 Church St. Suite 160
Charleston, SC 29401
J Allen Mastantuno is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Aaron Cole Mayer

Aaron Cole Mayer
Mayer Law Group, LLC
18 Carolina St. Suite B
Charleston, SC 29403
Aaron Cole Mayer is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Cezar Edward McKnight

Cezar Edward McKnight
Law Office of Cezar E. McKnight, LLC
171 Church St. Suite 160
Charleston, SC 29401
Cezar Edward McKnight is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Jason Todd Mikell

Jason Todd Mikell
Mikell Law Firm
101 Meeting St. 5th Floor
Charleston, SC 29401
Licensed for 17 years, Jason Todd Mikell is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Mary Beth E Mullaney

Mary Beth E Mullaney
Vitetta Sarji Law Group
101 Meeting St. 5th Floor
Charleston, SC 29401
Licensed for 28 years, Mary Beth E Mullaney is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Virginia Kathleen Murray

Virginia Kathleen Murray
Savage & Savage, PA
15 Prioleau St.
Charleston, SC 29401
Licensed for 13 years, Virginia Kathleen Murray is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Albert Peter Shahid Jr

Albert Peter Shahid Jr
Shahid Law Office, LLC
89 Broad St.
Charleston, SC 29401
Licensed for 40 years, Albert Peter Shahid Jr is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

William Scotty Sheriff

William Scotty Sheriff
Sheriff Law Firm
215 East Bay St. Suite 400A
Charleston, SC 29401
Licensed for 16 years, William Scotty Sheriff is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Christopher Alton Skipper

Christopher Alton Skipper
Skipper Law Firm, LLC
53 Broad St.
Charleston, SC 29402
Licensed for 25 years, Christopher Alton Skipper is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Lauren E Williams

Lauren E Williams
Williams & Walsh, LLC
125 A. Wappoo Creek Dr. Suite 202
Charleston, SC 29412
Licensed for 15 years, Lauren E Williams is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Adam Young

Adam Young
Adam Young Law Firm
455.5 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Licensed for 13 years, Adam Young is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer... read more >

Dale T Cobb Jr

Dale T Cobb Jr
Belk Cobb Infinger & Goldstein, PA
PO Box 71121
Charleston, SC 29415
Licensed for 49 years, Dale T Cobb Jr is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Joseph P Griffith Jr

Joseph P Griffith Jr
Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC
7 State Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Licensed for 39 years, Joseph P Griffith Jr is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Michael P O 'Connell

Michael P O 'Connell
Stirling & O'Connell
109 Wappoo Creek Dr. #2-B
Charleston, SC 29412
Licensed for 46 years, Michael P O 'Connell is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

F Renee Gaters

F Renee Gaters
PO Box 1015
Charleston, SC 29402
Licensed for 36 years, F Renee Gaters is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

W Stephen Harris

W Stephen Harris
PO Box 30402
Charleston, SC 29417
W Stephen Harris is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

V Craig Jones

V Craig Jones
706 Orleans Rd.
Charleston, SC 29407
V Craig Jones is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

William Ted Smith Jr

William Ted Smith Jr
101 Meeting St. 5th Floor
Charleston, SC 29401
Licensed for 19 years, William Ted Smith Jr is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Diedreich VonLehe

Diedreich VonLehe
PO Box 1140
Charleston, SC 29402
Diedreich VonLehe is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Cassandra L Winslow

Cassandra L Winslow
101 Meeting St. 5th Floor
Charleston, SC 29401
Cassandra L Winslow is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Diedreich P von Lehe III

Diedreich P von Lehe III
Diedreich P. von Lehe, III, P.A.
286 Meeting Street First Floor
Charleston, SC 29401
Licensed for 34 years, Diedreich P von Lehe III is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer... read more >
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Criminal Defense Specialty Areas

Criminal Defense Specialty Areas

NBLSC Certification in Criminal Trial Advocacy - The National Board of Legal Specialty Certification is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) to certify attorneys as specialists in criminal trial advocacy.



Nonprofit Legal Associations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.


South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

The SCACDL advocates for the criminal defense profession and sponsors Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars throughout the year.


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