David Seay, Jr. is skilled criminal defense attorney in Greenville SC, with twenty years of experience. Below, we have provided useful information about some of the most common criminal charges.
Criminal Domestic Violence (CDV) / Assault and Battery (A&B)
Criminal Domestic Violence is a very serious charge, and a conviction carries certain penalties that many people are not aware of. Pursuant to US Code of Laws Title 18 §922(g)(9), it is unlawful for a person convicted of Criminal Domestic Violence (CDV) to ship, transport, possess or receive a firearm or ammunition. Anyone convicted of a US Code of Laws Title 18 §922(g)(9) violation faces punishment of up to 10 years in prison.
A conviction for CDV or CDVHAN will also go your permanent criminal record. Unfortunately, many people have lost their jobs and/or employment opportunities as the result of a CDV and/or CDVHAN conviction. Pursuant to SC Code of Laws § 22-5-910(A)(3) a first offense conviction for a misdemeanor CDV offense may not be expunged until five years after the date of conviction.
If convicted for a first offense CDV, the penalties are a fine of not less than $1,000, nor more than $2,500; or imprisonment not more than 30 days.
Penalties for CDV offenses can also be enhanced, meaning that 2nd and 3rd offense charges carry increased penalties as well as mandatory minimum jail sentences.
Shoplifting, petty larcenies and other misdemeanor property crimes
Penalties for shoplifting, petty larcenies, and other misdemeanor property crimes can be “enhanced.” A criminal charge is “enhanced” if a person has two or more prior convictions within a ten year period, the person faces up to ten years in prison on a third or subsequent offense. It is therefore critical to make every effort to avoid that first conviction.
We understand that some criminal charges carry more stigma than others. David can evaluate your case and help negotiate with the prosecution for reductions and alternative sentencing. Our well-trained staff is discreet, and takes the sensitivity of these matters seriously.
If you are charged with one of these offenses or any crime, please call David Seay, Jr. at (864) 235-6790 immediately to schedule your FREE criminal consultation.