Domestic Violence Attorney

Summerville · Moncks Corner · Goose Creek · Charleston

Domestic violence convictions can have serious short and long term consequences. This includes jail time, heavy fines, job loss and more.

Let us help you build a solid defense and fight your charges.

We are Passionate About Helping Our Clients Get the Best Outcome

Just because you’ve been charged with domestic violence doesn’t mean you’re guilty so don’t lose hope.

You see, for over 20 years we’ve helped people facing some of toughest legal challenges you can imagine. We also know that the right domestic violence attorney can make all the difference in the outcome of a case.

If you’ll provide us with the facts surrounding your domestic violence charges, we’ll provide you with a realistic idea of what you can expect.

Arrested for domestic violence in SC?

It’s not uncommon to be arrested for domestic violence in South Carolina. In fact, if the police respond to a 911 domestic disturbance call someone is likely going to jail.

What’s more, the seriousness of these charges are not fully realized until it’s too late. This is especially true when the spouse or household member learns that they can’t just drop the charges themselves.

You see, domestic violence charges are filed by the state and while you can request that the charges be dismissed it’s up to the prosecutor to drop the charges.

It’s for these reasons and more you need a domestic violence attorney to build a solid defense and fight your charges.

Whether you’re facing a DV 1st, 2nd, 3rd or an even more serious offense like DVHAN, the right defense strategy can get you the best possible outcome given the circumstances surrounding your case.

If you or your loved one is facing domestic violence charges, do yourself a favor and contact the attorney’s at Seaton & Duncan so we can start building your defense right away.

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Four (4) Steps To Take If
You’ve Been Arrested for CDV

1. Contact an Attorney

Contact an attorney: Knowledgeable criminal defense counsel can make you aware of your rights and prevent mistakes from occurring. Having a lawyer by your side can stop law enforcement from bullying you during interrogations.

2. Do Not Talk to Police

Do not discuss your case with the police: Talking to the police about seemingly innocuous case details without an attorney can damage your defense. The police may take what you say out of context and use your words against you in the courtroom. Trying to convince the police of your innocence after your arrest can only hurt your case.

3. Do Not Talk to Friends or Family

Do not discuss your case with friends or family: Anything that you say to anyone about your case can be used against you. Do not post about your case on social media or send messages about your charges.

4. Do Not Lose Hope

Do not lose hope about your case: No matter the details of your case, no prosecutor has a guaranteed conviction. Our lawyer can investigate the evidence and show why there may be problems. In criminal cases police officers as well as prosecutors can make damaging mistakes. Do not accept a plea deal without talking to our attorney.

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Common Questions About
Domestic Violence Charges in SC

How does a no contact order work?

A no contact order is issued by a judge at a bond hearing as a condition of your release on bond. It is not the same thing as a restraining order.

Basically, if you are under a no contact order you must refrain from contacting the victim of your alleged crime. This means no texting, no calling, no following, no social media posting, etc. You can get in big trouble for violating a no contact order and even find yourself thrown in jail for violating a condition of your bond.

Can my spouse dismiss the domestic violence charges against me?

No! It is a very common misconception that the girlfriend, boyfriend, or spouse that filed the domestic violence complaint against the defendant can just drop the charges if they change their mind.

Once the charges are filed and the solicitor has indicted you, there are no “take backs.” Only the prosecutor can decide to dismiss the charges at this point.

Does physical injury have to occur to be convicted?

Actual physical injury doesn’t have to occur in order to be convicted of domestic violence. Surprised? This is because even offers to injure and threats of injury are included in South Carolina domestic violence charges.

There are three degrees of domestic violence charges and a separate charge for DVHAN in South Carolina. You can find yourself facing any one of them even if no physical injury occurred.