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No matter if it is your first time or fourth time facing the criminal justice system in South Carolina, getting arrested for or being charged with a crime is an emotionally overwhelming experience. If you are convicted, not only could you serve harsh penalties such as fines or even jail or prison time, but you could also end up with a criminal record, which could cause irreparable damage to your professional reputation and personal life.
If you are facing criminal charges in Tega Cay, do not hesitate to let Bruce Law Firm protect your rights, freedom, and future. As a former prosecutor with more than 25 years of experience, Attorney Robert A. Bruce has handled a wide range of criminal cases on both sides of the courtroom and understands what it takes to help our clients obtain the most favorable results.
In South Carolina, you could be arrested for driving under the influence (DUI)—or driving with an unlawful alcohol content (DUAC)—with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of at least .08 percent or while impaired by alcohol and/or a drug.
A first DUI conviction carries a jail sentence between 48 hours and 30 days, a fine of up to $400, and driver’s license suspension for six months. However, if your BAC is at least .10 percent but less than .16 percent, a conviction is punishable by a minimum jail sentence of seven days and fines of up to $500. If your BAC is at least .16 percent, then a conviction can result in a maximum jail term of 90 days and a fine no more than $1,000.
The main types of drug charges in South Carolina are drug possession, possession with intent to sell or distribute, drug trafficking, and drug manufacturing. Controlled substances—also known as drugs or narcotics—are classified into five schedules—with Schedule I being the most addictive substance with no accepted medical use, while Schedule V is the least addictive and wide accepted medical use.
If you are charged with a drug crime, you will either face misdemeanor or felony charges. In general, a first misdemeanor drug offense carries a jail term of up to six months and a maximum fine of $1,000, while a first felony drug offense is punishable by up to two years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $5,000.
Whether you have been arrested for shoplifting, larceny, burglary, or even arson, Bruce Law Firm handles a variety of property crimes in South Carolina. Theft offenses are generally penalized based on the value of the property involved.
For instance, if the value of the item is worth less than $2,000, you could be charged with petit larceny, which is a misdemeanor offense. One the other than, if the stolen item is worth more than $10,000, you could face felony charges for grand larceny.
From assault and armed robbery to manslaughter and murder, violent crimes are some of the most serious criminal offenses in South Carolina. Even attempted crimes carry serious penalties, such as imprisonment and fines worth thousands of dollars.
Our firm also handles domestic violence offenses, which refer to any situation where a person causes physical harm or injury to a family or household member. In addition to incarceration and losing the right to own or possess a firearm, an arrest can also lead to being subject to a restraining order.
White Collar Crimes
Being accused of fraud, embezzlement, forgery, identify theft, or any other white collar crime is a serious situation. Since such crimes can span multiple states or involve multiple victims or perpetrators, it is not uncommon for the federal authorities to get involved. If you are convicted in federal court, you could be sentenced to a lengthy prison sentence in federal prison.
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