Criminal Defense Lawyers in Myrtle Beach, SC
If you have been charged with or accused of a crime in SC, get an experienced Myrtle Beach criminal defense lawyer on your side immediately.
Your criminal defense attorney on the Axelrod team will meet with you to discuss what happened, what your options are, and what your goals are in your case. We will investigate the charges against you, employing a private investigator or expert witnesses when needed, attempt to get your charges dismissed, negotiate a resolution that meets your goals, or try your case to a jury of your peers.
Axelrod and Associate’s criminal defense lawyers have extensive experience representing clients charged with crimes ranging from speeding tickets to murder, including:
- Homicide/murder and manslaughter,
- Drug offenses ranging from simple possession to drug trafficking,
- Domestic violence,
- Assault and battery charges,
- Property crimes including burglary and armed robbery,
- Sex offenses including criminal sexual conduct or rape charges,
- Driving under the influence (DUI),
- Traffic violations,
- Bond hearings,
- Criminal appeals at all levels,
- Civil forfeiture proceedings,
- Post-Conviction Relief (PCR) proceedings, and
- Juvenile criminal defense charges in SC’s family courts.
If you have been arrested:
Do not give any statements or answer any questions from law enforcement. The police are trained in interrogation – you, most likely, are not. The only thing that you should say in response to questions from law enforcement is, “I want my attorney, please.” After you have retained counsel, your attorney can talk to law enforcement on your behalf.
Do not talk to friends or family about your case or charges. Anything that you say to anyone about your case may come back to haunt you later. Do not talk with inmates at the local jail and keep a low profile until you have consulted with your criminal defense lawyer on the Axelrod team.
Contact your attorney. ASAP. You have questions that need answering. You need someone to communicate with law enforcement or the prosecutor’s office on your behalf. The state may already be preparing your case for trial – investigating, gathering witness statements, or issuing subpoenas or search warrants for evidence they can use to convict you. You need an experienced trial attorney on your side as well.
Don’t plead guilty and don’t despair. Even for “minor” lower court charges, do not plead guilty until you have met with your criminal defense attorney. You may have defenses that you aren’t aware of, your constitutional rights may have been violated, law enforcement may have made critical mistakes during your arrest or investigation, and you almost certainly have options that the court, prosecutor, or officer are not going to tell you about.
Many types of criminal convictions can never be expunged, and, even if you don’t go to prison, many have collateral consequences that the court may not tell you about. For example:
- Sex offender registry,
- License suspensions,
- License revocations or habitual traffic offender status,
- Loss of your right to own and carry a firearm,
- Loss of your right to obtain occupational licenses,
- Exclusion from certain types of housing,
- Inability to get student loans,
- Inability to find meaningful employment,
- Deportation, and
- Administrative penalties.
Get an experienced criminal defense attorney in your corner now who cares, who understands the law, and who will do everything legally and ethically possible to get the results you need.
Your criminal defense lawyer at Axelrod and Associates knows the local courts, attorneys, prosecutors, officers, criminal procedures, and criminal laws. We understand that the consequences you face are serious, whether it is a potential driver’s license suspension or life in prison.