Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense

We at Chandler & Jennings have developed extensive relationships with the law enforcement community in the low country and throughout South Carolina. Our firm includes a former Deputy Solicitor, former municipal court judge, former JAG Officer and a former attorney for the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office. We have the expertise and knowledge necessary to resolve your case successfully.

Criminal Defense

We at Chandler & Jennings have developed extensive relationships with the law enforcement community in the low country and throughout South Carolina. Our firm includes a former Deputy Solicitor, former municipal court judge, former JAG Officer and a former attorney for the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office. We have the expertise and knowledge necessary to resolve your case successfully.

DUI

A DUI arrest can have instantaneous effects on your life when your driver’s license is immediately suspended. It is very difficult to work and live your normal life without the ability to drive. DUI cases are complicated, so it is important to talk to an attorney with the knowledge and experience to explain all of your rights, and the different options available in your case.

Time is of the essence, as you only have 30 days from the date your drivers license is suspended to request an administrative hearing to challenge this administrative suspension, and request a Temporary Alcohol License. This temporary license will allow you to continue to drive so that you can work and live your life, while we work on your case.

We will fully investigate your case to ensure that the arresting officer complied with the law, meet with you to discuss all of your options given the facts of your case and move forward accordingly.

Every DUI case requires filing the necessary discovery motions with the applicable law enforcement agency in order to obtain any in car videos from officer on the scene, body camera videos from involved officers, the video from the datamaster room where the breath test was offered and all incident and supplemental reports associated with the case. We will file these motions, and obtain this critical information in order to properly analyze your case and insure that the arresting officer complied with all of the statutory requirements for a DUI case to proceed to trial.

Magistrate Court Offense

While seemingly insignificant, many Magistrate and Municipal level misdemeanor offenses carry 30 days in jail and/or small fines. However, many of these offenses will more commonly result in your driver’s license being suspended and could be used later to enhance the penalty for a subsequent arrest.

Because of this it is important to talk to an attorney with the knowledge and experience to explain all of your rights and options available, especially exploring whether your case qualifies for a diversion program such as Pre-Trial Intervention, the Alcohol Education Program or the Traffic Education Program.

Magistrate Court Offense

While seemingly insignificant, many Magistrate and Municipal level misdemeanor offenses carry 30 days in jail and/or small fines. However, many of these offenses will more commonly result in your driver’s license being suspended and could be used later to enhance the penalty for a subsequent arrest.

Because of this it is important to talk to an attorney with the knowledge and experience to explain all of your rights and options available, especially exploring whether your case qualifies for a diversion program such as Pre-Trial Intervention, the Alcohol Education Program or the Traffic Education Program.

Domestic Violence

An arrest for Domestic Violence or Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Nature is extremely serious and the resolution can have long lasting impacts on your life. In addition to fines and court assessments, DV 2nd Offense, 3rd Offense and DVHAN carry mandatory minimum jail sentences. In addition, in South Carolina, prior convictions for domestic violence can be used to enhance a current charge and mandate enhanced penalties. A conviction for any level of DV makes it unlawful for the person to possess a firearm under Federal Law.

It is important to understand that just because the alleged victim of the domestic violence wants to drop the charge, the law enforcement officer or prosecutor are not required to, and in most situations do not. Because of this it is important to talk to an attorney with the knowledge and experience to explain all of your rights and options available, especially exploring whether your cases qualifies for a diversion program such as Pre-Trial Intervention.

We will fully investigate your case to ensure that the arresting officer complied with the law, meet with you to discuss all of your options given the facts of your case.

Drug Offenses

An arrest for a drug crime is extremely serious and the resolution can have long lasting impacts on your life. In addition to the suspension of your driver’s license, fines and court assessments, many drug offenses carry mandatory minimum jail sentences. In addition, in South Carolina, prior convictions for drug offense can be used to enhance a current charge and mandate enhanced penalties.

Because of this it is important to talk to an attorney with the knowledge and experience to explain all of your rights and options available, especially exploring whether your cases qualifies for a diversion program such as Pre-Trial Intervention or a Conditional Discharge.

We will fully investigate your case to ensure that the arresting officer did not violate your constitutional rights in searching your person, car or home, and meet with you to discuss all of your options given the facts of your case.

Drug Offenses

An arrest for a drug crime is extremely serious and the resolution can have long lasting impacts on your life. In addition to the suspension of your driver’s license, fines and court assessments, many drug offenses carry mandatory minimum jail sentences. In addition, in South Carolina, prior convictions for drug offense can be used to enhance a current charge and mandate enhanced penalties.

Because of this it is important to talk to an attorney with the knowledge and experience to explain all of your rights and options available, especially exploring whether your cases qualifies for a diversion program such as Pre-Trial Intervention or a Conditional Discharge.

We will fully investigate your case to ensure that the arresting officer did not violate your constitutional rights in searching your person, car or home, and meet with you to discuss all of your options given the facts of your case.

Felonies

An arrest for a crime classified as a Felony is extremely serious and the result can have a long lasting impact on your life. In addition to the suspension of your driver’s license, fines and court assessments, many felony offenses carry mandatory minimum jail sentences, and will result in your losing many civil liberties such as the right to vote. In addition, in South Carolina, prior convictions for many felonies can be used to enhance a current charge and mandate enhanced penalties.

Because of this it is important to talk to an attorney with the knowledge and experience to explain all of your rights and options available, especially exploring whether your cases qualifies for a diversion program such as Pre-Trial Intervention or a Conditional Discharge.

We will fully investigate your case to ensure that the arresting officer did not violate your constitutional rights in searching your person, car or home, and meet with you to discuss all of your options given the facts of your case.