James Island Criminal Defense Lawyer

James Island Criminal Lawyer

If you have been arrested in James Island, it is important you contact a James Island criminal lawyer to make certain your rights are protected during the criminal process. Following an arrest, you will likely feel overwhelmed and have numerous questions, that is totally understandable. While arrests and prosecutions are frightening, the criminal justice system will give you the opportunity to present your side of the story. This is why hiring a James Island criminal lawyer early in the process is so important. Because penalties for criminal convictions vary widely in South Carolina, criminal defense attorney John W. Molony will analyze your case directly from the start. Specifically, Mr. Molony will focus on your legal exposure and issues with search and seizure, Miranda and 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 James Island 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 Charleston

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. James Island 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 all over  Charleston, including these areas near you.

Contact A James Island Criminal Defense Lawyer

James Island 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 James Island for DUI, drug charges, disorderly conducttraffic ticketsassault, theft 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 on James Island 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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