Violent crimes are often considered the most heinous, both by the general public and in the eyes of the law, which is why if you’ve been charged with a violent crime of any sort, you need a competent Chesterfield County violent crime lawyer on your side. Contact the Cockrell Law Firm, P.C. today.
Do I Need a Chesterfield County Violent Crime Lawyer?
Though the circumstances may seem grim if you’ve been accused of committing a violent crime of any sort, with the proper legal counsel, you still have a shot at freedom. This is why it is so important that anyone facing such charges is equipped with an experienced Chesterfield criminal defense lawyer who can fight for their rights, every step of the way.
Examples & Consequences of Violent Crimes in South Carolina
Here in the state of South Carolina, the penalties for certain crimes are broken down into several “classes.” There are 6 classes of felonies in South Carolina, ranging from Class A felonies to Class F felonies. Class A felonies (aside from exempted felonies, such as murder) are the harshest; Class F felonies are the least severe. Many violent crimes fall into the category of Class A or B felonies. Some examples of Class A felonies in South Carolina are as follows:
- Attempted murder
- Voluntary manslaughter
- Carjacking resulting in significant bodily injury
- First-degree criminal sexual conduct
- Conspiracy to commit kidnapping
If you are convicted of a Class A felony, you will most likely face a 30-year prison sentence. That said, you should note that if you are convicted of an exempted felony, such as murder, you will face a minimum of 30 years to life in prison, or the death penalty.
Class B Felony Examples
Some examples of violent crimes that are typically regarded as Class B felonies in South Carolina are as follows:
- Second-degree arson
- Second-degree assault and battery by mob
- Causing great bodily injury while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Resisting arrest with a deadly weapon
That being said, if you are convicted of a Class B felony in South Carolina, you can face up to 25 years of incarceration.
There are several additional violent felonies that fall under various felony classes in South Carolina, including sexual exploitation of a minor or armed robbery (Class C felonies), third-degree arson (Class D felony), reckless homicide (Class E felony), or malicious harm to animals or personal property (Class F felony).
The penalties for Class C-Class F felonies in South Carolina are as follows:
- Class C: Up to 20 years of incarceration
- Class D: Up to 15 years of incarceration
- Class E: Up to 10 years of incarceration
- Class F: Up to 5 years of incarceration
No one should have to face these potential consequences on their own. You can rely on a Chesterfield County violent crime lawyer here at our firm to fight for you.
Contact a Chesterfield County Violent Crime Lawyer
If you’re in legal trouble, we’re here to help. Contact the Cockrell Law Firm, P.C. today to schedule your free initial consultation with our firm. We are prepared to listen to your story, analyze your case, and challenge any allegations made against you to the best of our ability.