Violent Crimes

Defending and Protecting You and Your Rights

Violent crimes are defined under South Carolina Code Section 16-1-60. Examples of violent crimes include, but are not limited to:

  • Murder 
  • Armed robbery
  • Burglary
  • Certain drug offenses
  • Certain sex offenses.  

Getting convicted of a violent crime will change how the Department of Corrections (DOC) classifies you while in prison. All violent crimes are felonies and carry significant consequences,  with many carrying mandatory minimum prison times and sentences that cannot be suspended. Many violent crimes are also no-parole crimes – meaning you must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence before being released on community supervision.

In addition to being designated as violent crimes, certain offenses are also considered “serious” or “most serious.” Depending on a person’s prior record, a serious or most serious criminal conviction can be the basis for imposing a sentence of life without the possibility of parole pursuant to South Carolina Code Section 17-25-45. 

Before making decisions that will potentially impact the rest of your life, get an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side. Remember: the state has the burden of proving your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt and you are presumed innocent of the crime until the state proves otherwise. It is in this spirit that our firm aggressively defends our clients in and out of court. Want to see what we can do for you? Reach out to The Brough Law Firm today.