Criminal Defense

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Columbia Criminal Defense Lawyer

Fighting Criminal Charges in Columbia, SC

Are you facing a criminal charge in Columbia, South Carolina? Were you recently arrested and now wonder about the possibility of ever overcoming this experience? Before you begin to despair about the hopelessness of your situation, turn to a Columbia criminal defense attorney from Masella Law. No matter how seemingly minor or serious your charge is, it is important to apply the same degree of aggression in fighting the charges. At Masella Law, we want to help you understand your rights as a defendant and help you utilize those rights to give you the best chance of defense available.

While we believe that there is still a chance for you to obtain a successful outcome, we also want you to be realistic about what is at stake in your criminal case. South Carolina is notoriously harsh in its punishments for criminal convictions. When you seek the representation of a criminal attorney in South Carolina, it will be their job to aggressively fight against the charges. However, you also have a duty to be wise in your dealings with the law enforcement and selective about the information you share with them. Upon your arrest, no matter how much you feel as though you can convince them of your innocence, make use of your right to remain silent. At the root of a successful defense case is an all-encompassing legal strategy built by your legal representative. In order to ensure the effectiveness of the strategy, your Columbia criminal defense attorney will advise you on what information you can share with the detectives and what information should be kept private for your benefit.

Masella Law is a South Carolina law firm dedicated to protecting those charged with criminal accusation from an unfair conviction. With 20 years of combined legal experience, our legal team works together and with you to build a solid case for your defense. Utilizing available resources such as knowledgeable witnesses, evidence from the alleged scene and creative imagination, our Columbia criminal defense attorneys work tirelessly to see their clients succeed in their case. No matter what you are being charged with, you still have rights that deserve quality defense. Contact Masella Law today to discuss your situation with a member of our legal team and learn more about how we can work together to fight your charges!

Types of Criminal Cases We Practice in Columbia

At Masella Law, we offer criminal defense representation for a wide range of charges in South Carolina. Our criminal attorneys are licensed to represent clients in both state and federal court districts where they defend against charges big and small, both misdemeanors and felony offenses. Here are just a few of the types of cases we have handled for past clients.

Assault & Battery
According to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, there is one violent crime committed in our state every 15:59 minutes, and one act of aggravated assault every 21 minutes. Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony assault and battery offense, you are at risk of harsh criminal penalties which could ruin your future.

Drinking and driving is not only a traffic offense, it is a crime which is punishable by penalties including jail and a driver's license suspension, as well as consequences such as insurance rate increases. If you have been charged with first time DUI, BUI or felony DUI, we can seek to clear your name or pursue alternative sentencing such as an alcohol education program.

Domestic Violence
An arrest for domestic violence can have a devastating effect on your future, with possible consequences including time in jail and a criminal record, as well as losing your rights of child custody and visitation. Whether you were arrested after a heated argument got out of control or if you have been falsely accused during a divorce, we want to fight to defend your rights!

Drug Crimes
Have you or a loved one been arrested for a drug crime such as possession of marijuana or sale or manufacture of cocaine or crystal meth? An attorney from our firm is ready to begin working on your case immediately. It is often possible to defend drug crime charges by proving that the suspect's constitutional right against unreasonable search and seizure was violated.

Internet Crimes
The internet is becoming the scene of a rising amount of criminal activity, from child pornography to identity theft and various forms of fraud. With increasing legislation being passed to regulate activity on the World Wide Web, more people will be charged with crimes occur on the internet.

Federal Crimes
If the crime you are accused of committing took place on federal property or involved activity in more than one state, you can be prosecuted by a federal law enforcement agency which has enormous resources available for pursuing the case. By retaining legal representation early in the case, you may be able to avoid having charges pressed.

Sex Crimes
Being convicted of a sex crime such as rape / criminal sexual conduct or possession of child pornography could not only mean that you would be sent to jail or prison and placed on a lengthy term of probation or parole, but you could also be required to register as a sex offender, exposing you to a severe social stigma in the community.

Juvenile Crimes
When your child has been arrested for a juvenile criminal offense, it is vital that you take immediate action to defend the case and protect your child's future. A conviction or adjudication of delinquency could mean being sent to a detention center or being placed on probation, as well as being disqualified for admission to a university or losing out on job opportunities.

Pre-Trial Intervention
While State of South Carolina punishes criminal offenders harshly, there is a hope for those who have been convicted of non-violent crimes such as theft or a drug crime. By participating in a pre-trial intervention program which includes counseling, community service and restitution, you could avoid jail and even have your arrest record expunged, giving you a second chance.

Probation & Parole Violations
When you have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony and placed on probation or parole, you must at all costs avoid being caught in violation of the terms you were given by the judge. You have essentially been given a chance to prove that you can obey the law, and will not likely receive such leniency in the future. Let us fight to clear your name.

Theft Crimes
Theft is among the most common types of crime in South Carolina-the Law Enforcement Division reports that one theft is committed every four minutes. Whether you are accused of shoplifting or motor vehicle theft, we are ready to defend your rights and your freedom.

Violent Crimes
Being charged with a violent crime places your future at risk, as you could end up serving a lengthy sentence in jail or prison and have a criminal record which could make it exceedingly difficult to find suitable housing or even employment. We may be able to demonstrate that you were acting in self-defense or that you have been falsely accused.

White Collar Crimes
White collar crimes, such as embezzlement, fraud and identity theft, frequently carry sentences which are every bit as tough as those for violent offenses, in addition to the fact that having such a conviction on your criminal record could ruin your career. Contact us as soon as you learn that you are under investigation, to maximize your chances of success.

For College Students
An attorney from our firm can represent your child after an arrest for Minor in Possession of Alcohol, Possession of Fake ID or any of the other offenses which are common among college students, with the goal of preserving a scholarship and avoiding expulsion, as well as preventing a harsh sentence which could include fines and jail time.

Take Action to Protect Against Conviction!

Being arrested may be one of the most difficult things you endure and whether you are innocent or guilty, we want to be your legal advocates. One of the first things you should do after learning of a charge being brought against you is to retain legal representation. The criminal justice system provides you with the right to an attorney whose one purpose is to protect your best interest in court. A criminal conviction will not only mean penalties right now but also in the future as you seek to overcome the obstacles it places in terms of your career and personal life. Protect yourself from unfair punishments and unnecessary conviction, contact a Columbia criminal defense attorney from our firm today and learn more about how we can work together to ensure that you have the best chance of success.

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