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If you have been arrested in Berkeley County, then it is critical you contact a Berkeley County criminal lawyer to make certain your rights are protected during each phase of the criminal process. Following an arrest, you will likely feel overwhelmed and have numerous questions, that is totally understandable. While arrests are frightening, the criminal process will give you the opportunity to present your side of the story. And this is why hiring a Berkeley County criminal defense lawyer early in the process is so important. Penalties for criminal convictions vary widely in South Carolina, and criminal defense attorney John W. Molony will analyze your case directly from the start. Specifically, Mr. Molony will focus on your legal exposure and any issues with the arrest, search and seizure or probable cause. If you have been arrested and are just wondering where to start, contact John W. Molony Law Firm, LLC for a free and confidential analysis of your legal options.

Felony Or Misdemeanor?

When you are an arrest or prosecution, it is also important to understand the charge and penalties you face. Under South Carolina criminal law, differences between felonies and misdemeanors center around the type of offense and the penalty if convicted. Misdemeanors are often handled in Municipal and Magistrate courts. On the other hand, felonies are prosecuted in General Sessions Courts. Additionally, misdemeanors generally result in fines or jail time of less than one year. However, felonies result in more serious penalties such as fines and jail time of at least one year. Because felony convictions can be so serious, call a Berkeley County criminal lawyer as soon as possible after any felony arrest.

Plea Bargains

In South Carolina most criminal cases can be resolved before a criminal trial. Plea-bargaining is a necessary part of the criminal process. Plea-bargaining allows prosecutors and also defendants the chance to avoid the gamble of criminal trials. When defendants plea bargain, they agree to plead guilty to a charge or charges. Generally, these are either lesser charges or for more favorable sentences. So plea bargains give defendants the chance to avoid more serious criminal penalties that come with trial.

Bond Hearings In Berkeley County

Following any arrest, you are entitled to have reasonable bond set to be released. Bond is set to an amount that will make certain defendants do not flee prior to the case being resolved. Berkeley County criminal defense lawyer John W. Molony will assist you throughout the bond process, representing your interests at your bond hearing. Bond hearings include a presentation of your favorable qualities in order to convince the court that you are not a flight risk and not a danger to the community. This may also include asking friends and family members to attend the bond hearing and speak on your behalf. John W. Molony Law Firm, LLC is also available to assist in the bond reconsideration process when appropriate.

Serving Charleston Areas Near You

John W. Molony Law Firm, LLC accepts criminal cases throughout  Charleston, including these areas near you.

Contact a Berkeley County Criminal Defense Lawyer

Berkeley County criminal lawyer John W. Molony is ready to review your criminal charges during a free confidential consultation. Call now if you have been arrested in Berkeley County for DUI, drug charges, disorderly conducttraffic ticketsassault, burglary or any other felony. Request a free consultation with Mr. Molony today for a thorough review of your case and your legal options. John W. Molony Law Firm, LLC is conveniently located in Charleston and ready to fight for you. John W. Molony Law Firm, LLC represents clients charged in all criminal matters, including the following:


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