Skilled Sex Crimes Defense Attorney in Florence, South Carolina

Sex crime charges are among the most emotionally charged crimes in South Carolina. Law enforcement works hard to make arrests on sex charges every day. If you are convicted on sex charges, the punishment could last long after you get out of prison. You could have to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life.

With decades of collective experience defending against sex crimes, the criminal law attorneys at Roberts Law Group, PLLC, will help you fight to preserve your rights. Our representation can help level the playing field and ensure fair treatment from the police and the court.

Important Information On Florence, South Carolina, Sex Crimes Defense

Criminal sexual conduct generally involves some form of sexual contact with a person who has not consented (or is deemed incapable of consenting). This can range from unwanted touching to genital penetration.

Common sex offense charges in South Carolina include:

  • Sexual assault
  • Rape
  • Statutory rape (in South Carolina, sex with a minor under 16 years old)
  • Sexual abuse of children
  • Indecent exposure
  • Production, possession or distribution of child pornography

Every case is different, but we have handled numerous sex-related charges for our clients. We know how to make a legal strategy that fits your needs. We start by talking to you about what happened to get your side of the story.

We know the prospect of being under arrest for a sex crime can be embarrassing and frightening. The attorneys at our law firm will not judge you or jump to conclusions.

Our job is to investigate the claims against you and use that information to help you pursue the strongest defense possible. Besides establishing a trusted attorney-client relationship, the team at our office will review the police report and evidence for weaknesses in the case against you.

How To Choose A Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer In Florence, South Carolina

You deserve a defense attorney you can trust when dealing with something as serious as sex crimes charges. Here are our law firm's values for every attorney-client relationship our criminal law attorneys create:

  • Honest communication. We take the time to listen to your story and give you straight answers to your questions. Our law office doesn't ignore your emails and phone calls. You will get a response right away with information you can use to make wise decisions about your case.
  • Aggressive representation. Our attorneys' assertive yet compassionate style is what is needed to confront sex charges. You cannot just wait for the prosecution to make a plea offer and hope for the best. We will inspect every piece of evidence and file every possible motion to strengthen your defense. Once we have developed a defense strategy, we can stand on stronger footing in negotiations with the prosecution to work toward an acceptable plea agreement.
  • Experienced. Our attorneys have decades of combined experience in criminal defense in South Carolina. We have handled virtually every possible type of sex crime, so we have helped people in your situation many times before. We know what is necessary to defend you.
  • Free initial consultations. We will discuss your case with you with no obligation. You will get clear answers about what we can do for you. We can meet at our office or at the detention center or county jail if you are currently in custody.

We work hard every day to keep our clients out of jail in Florence County, and we will apply that same level of diligence and effort in your case.

Understanding The Legal Process For Sex Crimes In South Carolina

If you are arrested on a sex crimes charge, your first priority in the moment is likely to get out of jail as soon as possible. However, with certain serious sex-related crimes, such as cases of child sexual abuse, it can be difficult to be granted bail. We can represent you in court at the arraignment to argue in favor of your pre-trial release under favorable terms and conditions.

One unique aspect of sex charges is that DNA evidence may be a major factor in proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. DNA evidence is a highly technical area of criminal law, and the law enforcement agency that arrested you may not handle the procedure properly. We hold law enforcement accountable for their mistakes and illegal procedures. Our law office will challenge any piece of evidence that was mishandled or illegally obtained.

Another thing that makes sex charges different than other felonies is South Carolina's sex offender registry. A conviction for many types of sex crimes will require registering as a sex offender as part of the sentence. Being on the sex offender list restricts where you can live, what jobs you can take and may even prevent you from having contact with your children or young relatives. Part of your defense attorney's job is to do everything possible to keep you off the sex offender registry.

Sex crimes can be very emotional for everyone involved. We will treat the matter with sensitivity and compassion. But we will not sacrifice your rights or your best interests.

Minors can also be charged with sex crimes in South Carolina. Our attorneys are experienced with the juvenile justice system and can represent your child against serious charges. We will work tirelessly to preserve your child's future.

Court-Appointed Versus Private Attorneys In South Carolina Sex Crimes Defense

Your first thought after being arrested on a sex crime charge probably was, "I need a lawyer." Your second thought might have been, "How much does a good defense attorney cost?" If you have never needed a lawyer before, you may have no idea whether you can afford one.

What Is The Difference Between Court-Appointed And Private Defense Attorneys?

It is natural to wonder if you can afford a good legal defense and consider turning to a public defender who will not charge you attorneys' fees. But you should not risk losing everything just to save a little bit of money now. Here are some things to think about regarding private attorneys versus public defenders.

  • Qualifying. Everyone has the right to a defense attorney, but court-appointed lawyers are for people who the court agrees cannot afford one on their own. The requirements can be strict.
  • Caseloads. The public defender system is overwhelmed. Most court-appointed defense lawyers have huge caseloads, so they won't be able to spend as much time working on your case as a private attorney. At Roberts Law Group, PLLC, we carefully balance our workload so that every client gets our full attention from first appearance to final judgement.
  • Trial court experience. Not every public defender has substantial experience defending people against sex-related charges. We do. For decades collectively, our attorneys have provided a strong defense for clients in South Carolina circuit courts as well as federal district courts. We are not afraid to challenge law enforcement when it comes to fighting for your rights. We will prepare a smart strategy tailored to your needs.
  • Personality. Your lawyer should be someone you trust and can work with closely. Getting to choose a lawyer with a personality that meshes with yours will make your experience much easier. When the judge appoints you a public defender, you will not get to decide who your lawyer will be. You cannot predict how will the two of you will get along.
  • You get what you pay for. A conviction for a sex crime can cost you everything: your freedom, your career, your family and your reputation. You need experienced legal counsel on your side. We offer free initial consultations, and during our meeting, we will break down our fees so you know what to expect.

Call Roberts Law Group, PLLC, at 877-880-5753 today for a free consultation about your sex crime charges. You can also reach us online. We represent clients in Greenville, Florence and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.