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Gaston Criminal Defense Attorneys

If you have been arrested for or charged with a crime in Gaston, South Carolina, you want an experienced legal team to fight for your rights. The criminal defense lawyers of Truslow & Truslow are ready to help you. We understand that getting arrested takes a toll on your life. It can have lifelong complications and can affect your employment, your ability to rent an apartment, and your relationships.

Our experienced criminal defense team can serve as your guide and protector inside the complex criminal justice system. Our team is made up of experienced negotiators and skilled litigators who are ready to aggressively argue your case in court.

Being accused and charged with a criminal offense can be frightening. If this is the first time you’ve been arrested or had any interaction with the legal system, you likely have many questions. The sooner you can contact our legal team for your initial consultation, the sooner we can help you mitigate your charges, if possible.

Although under the law you are innocent until proven guilty, that’s not always how it feels after you’ve been arrested. Call our office today at (803) 256-6276 or contact us online to schedule your consultation. Find out how a skilled Gaston, South Carolina, criminal defense lawyer can fight to protect your rights.

Do I Need a Criminal Attorney?

Unless you’re fighting a parking ticket or a jaywalking citation, trying to handle your case by yourself places you in risky territory without a map. A criminal defense lawyer plays a vital role in developing a sound defense strategy.

Even if you know you’re under investigation but have not yet been charged, a criminal defense attorney can help. Your attorney can help prevent you from giving potentially damaging statements and will know how to protect your constitutional rights.

Law enforcement may come across as being friendly, but they’re looking for evidence they can use against you. Without representation, you can expose yourself to a great amount of risk. Working with a lawyer in the early stages can help save you money down the road and potentially spare you a great deal of stress, especially if the lawyer can help you avoid charges.

Our legal team understands the uncertainty that naturally follows an arrest. After years of experience, our team has learned the crucial nuances that are important to defending your rights.

Practice Areas

If you were arrested or charged with a criminal offense, you want the best defense possible. The team at Truslow & Truslow has experience representing people charged with a variety of offenses, including:

Driving under the influence (DUI): There are a variety of DUI charges that may be levied. This can include:

Criminal defense: Charges can vary from public intoxication to drug crimes. Each criminal case is unique, and only a specialist can provide the representation you need to receive Justice. Our practice areas include:

  • Drug Crimes, such as manufacturing, possession, distribution, trafficking, or prescription fraud
  • Traffic Crimes, such as driving under suspension, reckless driving, or vehicular manslaughter
  • Crimes Against People, such as criminal domestic violence, assault and battery, criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping, and hazing
  • Property Crimes, such as arson, robbery, petit or grand larceny, and burglary
  • White-Collar Crime, such as bribery, extortion, embezzlement, counterfeiting, identity theft, and forgery
  • Miscellaneous Crimes, such as ABC violations, minor in possession of alcohol, public intoxication, offenses on federal property, and disorderly conduct

Serious Personal Injury: If you’ve been injured and you believe it was caused by someone else’s wrongful or negligent actions, you may be entitled to compensation. This can help pay medical bills and make up for lost wages. Types of personal injury cases we take on include:

  • Car Accidents
  • Disabilities
  • Broken Bones
  • Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall
  • Unsafe or Defective Products (including product recalls)
  • Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
  • Property Injuries
  • Dog Bites
  • Injuries Sustained on the Job
  • Wrongful Death and Survival Actions
  • Tractor-Trailer Accidents
  • Train Accidents

Traffic Tickets: Although most traffic tickets are minor infractions, some can result in expensive tickets, higher insurance rates, possible license suspension, or misdemeanor or felony charges.

General Litigation: This is any action brought in court to enforce a right or contest a dispute.

Business to Business and Governmental Development: Any litigation involving a dispute between two businesses or between a business and a governmental agency.

Criminal Defense Process

No two criminal situations are the same, so we are ready to learn the details of your case. However, despite the individuality of your situation, most criminal cases will follow a 12-step process.

Investigation: Each case starts with an investigation by law enforcement and may involve multiple investigators or agencies.

Warrants: Once law enforcement has determined there is probable cause that an individual is responsible for a crime, they request a warrant from a judge.

Arrest: An arrest may happen immediately after a crime or after a warrant has been issued. After an arrest, the offender is typically transported to the police station for processing.

Processing: This is also called “booking,” during which fingerprints and a photograph are taken. Fingerprints are used to check for any outstanding warrants.

Bond: Offenders are entitled to reasonable bail, unless they are arrested on serious crimes, such as capital murder.

Preliminary hearing and indictment: In a felony case, the prosecuting attorney has a choice of moving forward by seeking an indictment or requesting a preliminary hearing. During a preliminary hearing, the judge decides based on the evidence presented whether there is probable cause for a crime. If the prosecutor seeks an indictment, your case is presented before a grand jury.

Arraignment: During this court date, the defendant hears the charges, and the judge asks the defendant how they plead – guilty, not guilty, not guilty by reason of insanity, or no contest.

Discovery: This is a months-long process, during which offenders are entitled to see the evidence the prosecution has gathered to convict them. The police are mandated to provide any evidence that shows the defendant is innocent.

Negotiations: Once your criminal defense lawyer has evidence from the prosecutor and the police, they and the prosecutor may choose to negotiate to a lesser charge, or even have the charges dropped.

Motions: Your attorney may file certain motions that ask the judge to take certain actions. For example, your attorney may file a motion to suppress evidence or reduce bail.

Trial: The trial will go ahead if negotiations are not accepted by the prosecutor or the defense. This is when the prosecutor and your defense attorney present evidence to the court.

Sentencing: At the completion of the trial, if the defendant is found guilty, the judge imposes a sentence. This is the final decision about punishment for the crime.

Call Truslow & Truslow Today for Help With Criminal Charges

If you have been arrested or charged with a criminal offense in Gaston, South Carolina, you want an experienced and skilled criminal defense attorney to protect your rights within the legal system. Call Truslow & Truslow at (803) 256-6276 to schedule your initial consultation and meet your experienced legal team who have a history of success. Call or contact us online today.

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