If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, you may not know what to do to protect your rights and freedom. The criminal justice system moves quickly, and you have very important decisions to make soon after being arrested and charged. When you need help to understand your legal rights and options and to have experienced advocacy on your behalf, turn to a Georgia and South Carolina criminal defense attorney from The Bannon Law Group, LLC.
Attorneys Jim and Meredith Bannon, founding partners of The Bannon Law Group, LLC, bring years of experience working in the Georgia and South Carolina criminal justice systems, including several years serving as prosecutors in the 14th Judicial Circuit solicitor’s office in South Carolina. This experience gives our attorneys a unique perspective on how criminal cases are prepared and prosecuted. Our attorneys now use their experience in criminal law to develop effective defense strategies aimed at securing the best possible results in your case. We will fight to ensure that your rights are protected and to secure an outcome to your charges that allows you to get back to your family and to move on with your life as quickly as possible.
Facing criminal charges can cause a great deal of anxiety and stress. Turn to a Georgia and South Carolina criminal defense attorney from our firm for an initial consultation to learn more about your rights and options and what to expect when facing the criminal justice system in Beaufort County or Jasper County, SC. We are also licensed to practice in Georgia serving clients in Savannah/Chatham County, Effingham County, Pooler County, and Rincon County
A Georgia and South Carolina Criminal Defense Attorney from The Bannon Law Group LLC Can Assist You with a Broad Range of Legal Matters
At The Bannon Law Group, LLC, a skilled Georgia and South Carolina criminal defense attorney will advocate and fight for your rights and interests when you are facing criminal charges such as:
- Traffic tickets for motor vehicle code violations, including lesser offenses like speeding or running a red light, as well as more serious criminal offenses like reckless driving
- Drug crimes, including both simple possession of drugs as well as charges of drug manufacturing, drug trafficking, or drug distribution
- Criminal domestic violence
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), including felony DUI charges and multiple DUI charges (when you have prior convictions for DUI)
- Felony criminal charges, including serious theft crimes, violent crimes, or weapons offenses
- Federal crimes, including drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, bank fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, tax fraud, health care fraud, insurance fraud, counterfeiting, embezzlement, or white-collar crimes
Why a Georgia and South Carolina Criminal Defense Attorney Is Important When Facing Charges
When you have been arrested and charged with a crime, it can feel like the entire system is against you. For that reason, you need a seasoned Georgia and South Carolina criminal defense attorney to advocate for your rights and interests and to help level the playing field. A highly experienced attorney from The Bannon Law Group, LLC can help you to obtain the best possible outcome to your criminal charges by:
- Thoroughly investigating the underlying facts and circumstances of your charges to recover all available evidence.
- Helping you to understand your charges and the potential penalties you may be facing, as well as going over what you can expect at each stage of your case.
- Reviewing the evidence to identify potential defenses that can be raised against your charges, such as challenging the admissibility of the state’s evidence, proving that you were not the person who committed the crime, or that your behavior was lawfully permitted.
- Discussing alternatives to prosecution in your case, such as seeking admission to drug court or other deferred prosecution programs.
- Where appropriate, negotiating with the prosecutors to try to reach a plea deal that may reduce or dismiss certain charges and allow you to avoid the most serious consequences that you are facing.
- Vigorously advocating on your behalf if you choose to go to trial in your case, fighting to secure a not guilty verdict for you.
Contact The Bannon Law Group LLC for a Confidential Consultation to Discuss Your Legal Rights and Options When Facing Criminal Charges in South Carolina or Georgia
If you have been charged with a crime in South Carolina or Georgia, contact The Bannon Law Group LLC as soon as possible for a confidential case evaluation to speak with a Georgia and South Carolina criminal defense attorney about what our firm can do to help you defend yourself against your charges and protect your freedom and reputation.
Frequently Asked Questions about Criminal Defense in South Carolina and Georgia
A criminal lawyer most importantly serves as a defender of your rights and interests in the criminal justice system. Under the state and federal constitutions, you are entitled to certain rights and protections when facing criminal charges. A criminal lawyer will make sure that the police and prosecution observe your rights. A criminal lawyer can also help you understand your legal rights and options, what the potential consequences of your charges are, and what to expect during your case. Your lawyer will prepare an effective legal defense strategy on your behalf to respond to the state’s case and evidence.
The cost of hiring a Georgia or South Carolina criminal defense attorney can vary depending on what kinds of criminal charges you are facing. For relatively minor charges, a criminal lawyer may be willing to handle a case on a flat fee basis, or at least handle a portion of the process for a flat fee. However, in most cases criminal lawyers charge an hourly fee for their representation, and may require a retainer upfront; the retainer is a sum of money that the lawyer holds in trust for you, deducting hourly fees only as services are provided by the attorney. Although paying for a criminal lawyer may be the last thing you want to do, having a private attorney can often be preferable to relying on a public defender or pro bono attorney, who may be overworked by a heavy caseload.