CDV First Offense Defenses in South Carolina

Criminal domestic violence (CDV) has become more and more prevalent in Lexington and throughout the state of South Carolina. In an effort to reduce the instances of domestic abuse, local law enforcement officers and prosecuting attorneys are involved in a concerted effort to arrest and convict those individuals who have engaged in any form of CDV or CDVHAN (criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature). These are crimes of violence that result in injury that have inflicted upon people involved in personal relationship. To be an act of CDV the alleged abuser must have used, or threatened to use physical force or threatened to use a deadly weapon against his or her victim, resulting in the alleged victim having a fear of imminent danger. The accused must also have had a current or prior domestic relationship with the victim either as a spouse, a parent, a guardian, someone he or she had a child with, or with a member of the same household.

While not all domestic violence charges are founded in fact, if you have been accused or arrested for CDV and it is a first-time offense, you could be facing misdemeanor charges, fines ranging between $1000 -- $2500, up to 30 days in jail, and you the requirement to attend domestic abuse counseling as dictated by the court. A conviction for a first offense CDV will also result in the loss of your legal right to purchase or possess a firearm, and your employer could have the legal right to terminate your employment.

The first thing you should do after being arrested or charged with CDV is to contact the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr. LLC and schedule to meet with a Lexington criminal attorney. There are various factors that could impact the outcome of your case, and we need to hear your side of the story. Whether you have been wrongfully accused, you were simply trying to defend yourself or you are a truly good person who has made a terrible error, your best defense is to have an aggressive attorney who will advocate for your rights and is concerned with preserving your freedom and protecting your rights. When you contact the firm, they will immediately request all documentation and evidence that led to the arrest, and will thoroughly review it for any discrepancies and inaccuracies, conduct additional investigations to help gather evidence and testimony to support your defense, and will then craft a case for your defense. You need a defense lawyer who is committed to seeking the best possible outcome for you. Don't take chances in a CDV charge – get in touch with the firm immediately after your arrest.

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