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Russell D. Hilton, Attorney at Law, LLC

Summerville Domestic Violence / CDV Lawyer

A Summerville Domestic Violence Attorney may be able to work with you to see that the charges against you might be reduced, diverted, or even dismissed before it ever gets to trial.  Many people charged with Criminal Domestic Violence in Summerville attempt to defend this on their own, thinking that nothing will happen because the victim has decided to "drop the charges".  Remember that law enforcement or sometimes an assigned prosecutor is in charge of the prosecution, not the victim.  Therefore it is imperative that you obtain a competent Summerville domestic violence lawyer to make sure your rights are protected.


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What fine am I facing for Domestic Violence in Summerville?

In June of 2015, the old law for Domestic Violence was amended. The new law divides the consequences of a DV conviction into “degrees” instead of a defendant’s number of offenses as classified in the old statute.  

  • 1st Degree is a felony and can carry a sentence of 0-10 years in jail.
  • 2nd Degree is a misdemeanor and can carry a sentence of 0-3 years in jail or a fine of $2,500-$5,000.
  • 3rd Degree is a misdemeanor and can carry a sentence of 0-90 days in jail or a fine of $1,000-$2,500.
  • Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Nature is a felony and can carry a sentence of up to 20 years in jail.

Remember however, with costs and assessments, that fine can more than double!  Don't put yourself at risk of being subjected to these extensive penalties without having an experienced Summerville Criminal Domestic Violence attorney look over your case.

Will a Criminal Domestic Violence charge affect my ability to hunt or possess a gun?  

A conviction for Domestic Violence in Summerville can have negative impacts or even eliminate your right to possess a firearm in addition to all the fines and jail time associated with a conviction.  If you like to hunt or if you own a firearm, don't put this right at risk without proper representation by a competent domestic violence defense attorney.

If you or someone you know has been charged with Domestic Violence, contact us to review your case with you. 

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