Misdemeanor Lawyer Mount Pleasant, SC
Being charged with any type of crime in South Carolina can be serious and have a significant impact on both your professional and personal life. While felony charges can be more severe, even a misdemeanor charge – such as a DUI or domestic violence charge – can wreak havoc on your future. This is why any type of arrest or charge should send you right to a skilled misdemeanor lawyer in Mount Pleasant, SC for legal help. In many cases, your lawyer can uncover one or more defenses that can be used to either use as leverage for a plea bargain on a lesser charge or even result in a total dismissal of charges, depending on the circumstances.
In order to be successful in their case, a prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty of the crime they are accused of committing. A prosecutor uses evidence to build their case and convince the jury of the defendant’s guilt.
However, how that evidence is obtained can be pivotal for a defendant’s lawyer. Every individual in the United States is protected by the U.S. Constitution and its amendments. The Fourth Amendment protects citizens from illegal search and seizures. This means police must take the proper legal steps in order to conduct a search and seize anything they deem as potential evidence.
If a Mount Pleasant misdemeanor lawyer can show that police obtained evidence improperly or illegally, the court will consider this a violation of the defendant’s rights and that evidence will be barred from being used in the case. If the evidence is important enough, it could result in the court dismissing the charges.
Conduct of the Police
In addition to not obtaining the proper warrant or following other procedures in their collection of evidence, there are other things law enforcement may or may not do legally or they may miss a step in the standard operating procedures they are required to follow.
If there is evidence of any of these issues, your lawyer can use this information as a way to get the charges dropped or – at the very least – to have the charges pending reduced to a lesser charge.
Testimony of Witnesses
Witness testimony is also often a key part of the prosecutor’s case. However, there are often issues with witness testimony. The witness may be lying in order to protect someone or they may think they are telling the truth, but their memory is not as clear as it should be given the situation.
Unfortunately, there are even some cases where police conduct may come into question because it is discovered that a witness was “coached” by police as to what they did or did not see.
Call Our Criminal Defense Law Firm Today
If you have been charged with a crime, it is important to have a seasoned Mount Pleasant misdemeanor lawyer defending you and protecting your rights. Call Joe Good, Attorney at Law to schedule a free and confidential consultation and find out how we can help.