Charleston Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you are facing a felony or misdemeanor charge in the Charleston, South Carolina area, you understandably want the best representation possible. After all, there are serious ramifications for a criminal conviction, including steep fines, jail or prison time, damage to your reputation, and even the loss of your job.

With so much at stake, you must do everything you can to minimize the damage these charges and protect your future. Choosing the right Charleston criminal defense lawyer is the first step in this process. At the Drennan Law Firm, our team includes an attorney who was once a prosecutor. We know how the prosecution operates and use that perspective to take strong action early on in the process to improve the playing field for clients who face criminal charges such as DUI, drug crimes, violent crimes, and property crimes.

How To Choose A Criminal Defense Lawyer In Charleston, South Carolina

It is important to realize that you are the only one who can determine who the right attorney is for you. The "best" DUI attorney in South Carolina is useless if they are not a good fit for you. After all, your rights, reputation, and finances are on the line and you deserve to have an attorney on your side that you trust to get the best possible outcome.

The ideal attorney for you will not only be a match for your personality and leave you feeling at ease, they will be well versed in the law and aggressive in capitalizing on the mistakes of overzealous law enforcement officers and prosecutors. They will also have a strong track record of minimizing the damage from criminal charges for people right here in the Charleston area.

Most people start their search online, which makes perfect sense in today's digital age. However, you will quickly find that all Charleston criminal defense lawyers think rather highly of themselves. With everyone claiming that hey offer the best service, are highly respected, and have the skills to get results, how do you know you're choosing a real DUI attorney and not someone who is all talk?

There are a number of proven strategies for effectively researching Charleston criminal defense lawyers. You can start with a simple Google search or check out an online legal directory. Once you find a couple of attorneys or firms that interest you, see if they have any online reviews. Beyond the star rankings, read the content of the reviews to get a sense for how people feel about their experience. Do they speak to any questions or concerns that you have?

Look to see if the attorney has received any awards from local or national organizations. Is the attorney or firm a member of any organizations such as the National College or DUI Defense? Have they received other awards from their legal colleagues or local publications?

Word of mouth is a valuable way to determine which lawyers in your area are truly elite vs. just fluff. If someone you know and trust has used a criminal defense attorney, you can ask them about their experience. Were they satisfied with their choice of attorney? Were they happy with the eventual outcome of their case? Did they feel the attorney was a good listener and effective at communicating their rights and options?

Check out any testimonials the attorney or law firm has posted on their website or Facebook page. These are likely hand-picked by the firm but they still offer valuable perspective from real clients who have used the firm's services. You can also ask the firm if it would be okay to speak with some of their former clients to learn even more.

Legal Process for Criminal Offenses In South Carolina

Good people can find themselves in bad situations. As a result it's not uncommon for us to represent people who have never had a brush with law enforcement in the past, much less a criminal charge or conviction. The earlier you contact a defense lawyer the better, but we are typically contacted at one of the following points:

  • When someone finds out they are under investigation for a felony or misdemeanor crime
  • When someone has been charged/indicted with a felony or misdemeanor crime
  • When someone is arrested and brought into the police station (their "one phone call")

Many people are blindsided by criminal charges or only realize they need help when they step foot in the local jail. We work quickly in those situations to get up to speed with what has happened and just what our clients are facing. We take action to begin negotiating with the prosecution and examine the evidence in order to look for potential holes in the case that could lead to charges being thrown out or a victory if the case goes to trial.

For people who get in touch with us due to believing they are being investigated, we can take action even earlier to head off criminal charges. If everything is a simple misunderstanding, we can demonstrate that with clear and compelling evidence. If charges are inevitable, we can work to increase the likelihood of them being misdemeanor rather than felony.

If a plea agreement is in the best interest of our client, we will negotiate a deal with the prosecution with an eye on limiting the long-term damage to our client's reputation, employability, and finances. If an agreement cannot be reached or is not in our client's interest, our intense preparation allows us to hit the ground running in the court room.

Court-Appointed Versus Private Attorneys In South Carolina Criminal Defense Cases

Public defenders are good people who devote their careers to providing people with the criminal defense they are constitutionally entitled to. Unfortunately, they are also overworked and often unable to provide the one-on-one you seek in your attorney-client relationship. They also lack the resources available to an established criminal defense law firm. At the Drennan Law Firm we can provide you with the right combination of attentive service and proven representation.

Contact A Charleston Criminal Defense & DUI Attorney

Don't sell yourself short; the police may think that your case is a slam-dunk conviction but you are innocent until proven guilty. At the Drennan Law Firm, we focus on making sure that our clients' story is told and that the prosecution is challenged every step of the way.

If you have been charged or have reason to believe you are under investigation, don't spend another moment worrying about your situation. Contact us to get your defense underway today. Our experienced criminal defense lawyers look forward to evaluating your case and making sure you get the defense you deserve.