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Criminal Defense Attorneys In Greenville, The Upstate, & SC

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Criminal defense ensures the rights of an accused individual. It also allows the accused person to be represented and defended in a court of law against the charges that have been brought against him or her. In the United States, an accused person is considered innocent until proven otherwise. At the Dick James Law Firm, we believe in The Constitution and in the innocence of our clients. We will fight for your freedom and for your right to clear your good name of any false charges against you.

Wrongfully Accused? We Can Help Avoid Catastrophe

When someone has been wrongly accused of a criminal offense, the ramifications can destroy his career, reputation (both professionally and socially), and the rest of his life. Our experienced Attorneys and talented legal team will dedicate themselves to researching, analyzing, and trying the case against you in order to prove your innocence and get you acquitted of all charges, or even have them dropped completely.

Legal Defense Against Criminal Charges

A person who has been accused of a criminal act must move quickly to contact a qualified South Carolina criminal defense lawyer who can represent them and take action to save their lives from being completely destroyed by a false accusation. Criminal acts requiring a strong criminal defense may include:

Traffic Violations

Under South Carolina state law, traffic violations are considered criminal offenses. This means that traffic violations fall under the same procedural regulations as any other criminal offense. As criminal defense attorneys, the lawyers of the Dick James Law Firm, located in Greenville, South Carolina are able to use their criminal trial knowledge in order to defend you against the traffic violations with which you are charged.

Therefore, if you are charged with a traffic offense, you are entitled to the following:

  • A trial by jury
  • Discovery motions which compel the State to provide evidence pertinent to your defense
  • To be innocent until proven guilty by the State

Many people hold commercial drivers’ licenses or depend on their license to be able to commute to and from work. Insurance rates and license points can be affected if you are convicted of a traffic charge. So, it is in your best interests to consult a criminal defense attorney if you have been charged with a traffic violation in South Carolina.

Speeding Tickets

Speeding is considered to be a strict liability offense, so even if it was unintentional, inadvertent or accidental, you may still receive a conviction. If you live out of state, the ticket points are generally forwarded to your home state. Once you have received a certain number of points, your license may be suspended

Accident Tickets

If you have received a ticket due to your involvement in a traffic accident, it cannot be reduced. You must contest the ticket in court. However, if a trial is requested, the charges may be dropped due to lack of discovery and lack of cooperation from the other driver.

More Serious Traffic Violations

If you have been charged with a more serious traffic violation such as reckless driving, hit and run, reckless homicide or failure to stop for a red light, you may be facing much more severe penalties if convicted. Do not hesitate to contact a criminal defense attorney who knows how to protect your rights.

To learn more about traffic violations in Spartanburg and Greenville, South Carolina, please contact the Dick James Law Firm to schedule a complimentary consultation today.

Burglary - Theft - Fraud

At the Dick James Law Firm, our criminal defense attorneys know the laws concerning,theft, fraud and shoplifting in the Greenville, South Carolina area. We strongly believe that our clients are like members of our own family and we work hard to represent them when there has been a criminal charge placed against them.


Theft is the act of taking property that belongs to and is of value to another person with the intent of keeping that property from the rightful owner. Common criminal acts that fall under the category of theft include:

  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Armed robbery
  • Home invasion
  • Car jacking

If convicted of any of these acts, the guilty party often faces a jail term followed by a probationary period.


Fraud is defined as intentional deception in order to damage another individual or for personal gain. Fraud is a criminal act and is also considered to be a violation of civil law. The most common type of fraud committed is to take money from someone else. However, it may also be committed when claiming certain art, science or archaeological discoveries.

Fraud for profit often involves industry professionals and others who commit gross misrepresentations such as:

  • Overstated income
  • Overstated length of employment
  • Reporting fictitious employment
  • Undisclosed debts
  • Altered credit history
  • Inflated property values
  • Health fraud
  • Identity theft

Methods of committing fraud may include through mail, phone, wire or internet. If you have falsely represented a material fact to someone else, you could be charged with committing a fraudulent act.

Probation Violations

The Criminal defense attorneys at the Dick James Law Firm in Greenville, South Carolina know that people make mistakes. We also know that people who have been placed on probation, are either in the process of, or have already paid for those mistakes.

When you have been accused of a parole violation, it is a very serious situation. You are taking a chance on facing the revocation of your probation, losing your parole or possibly going to/returning to jail.

Typical Probation Violations

If you are on probation, you are well aware that any type of violation can cause you a lot of problems. You are also aware that if your probation is a known fact, it is extremely easy for someone to accuse you of a probation violation or the commission of another crime. It is then up to you to be able to prove your innocence and keep yourself out of further trouble.

There are many ways in which you can be in violation of your probation terms and all come with severe consequences. Some typical violations include:

  • Failure to check in with your probation officer as ordered
  • Testing positive for alcohol or drug use
  • Failure to pay probation fees as ordered
  • Failure to pay restitution as ordered
  • Contacting the victim of your conviction case
  • Being arrested or convicted of a new offense

Your Defense Against Probation Violations

The majority of people that have been placed on probation are there because they have either already paid for their offense, or because they are being given a chance to prove they should not be punished more severely. In most cases, the last thing someone on probation wants to do is get into further trouble.

If you have been accused of a probation violation, it is important that you work with an attorney who knows the laws and is skilled in minimizing the consequences you may face. At the Dick James Law Firm, we treat our clients like members of our own family. This means we will give your case the personal attention required to provide you with the best defense available.

We will also provide you with all relevant information about your situation and present the choices and results available to you concerning your situation. You deserve the opportunity to tell your side of the situation and to attempt to reduce the consequences you must face as a result of your probation violation.

To learn more about probation violation in Spartanburg or Greenville, South Carolina, please contact the criminal defense attorneys at the Dick James Law Firm today to schedule a complimentary consultation.

Assault - Battery

Assault is the willful intent to inflict severe bodily injury on another human being. Battery is physical violence against another person. Depending on severity of the crime and the charges that result, conviction may involve multiple penalties. This type of conviction is considered a violent crime and the accused requires the skills of an experienced and resourceful criminal defense law firm such as the Dick James Law Firm in Greenville, South Carolina in order to be properly represented.

Assault and Aggravated Assault

Assault charges can be brought against you if you have intentionally caused bodily harm to someone else or touched them in a way that resulted in bodily harm. Entering into a home without permission with intent to harm an occupant is also grounds for assault charges to be brought against you.

Elevating an assault to an aggravated assault involves an attempt to, or purposely causing, serious injury to someone else using a deadly weapon. Aggravated assault is a more serious offense.

Defense Against an Assault Charge

Assault and aggravated assault are considered violent crimes and are very serious charges. Your good name and reputation can be damaged for the rest of your life if a conviction this serious is brought against you. You need the aid of experienced and resourceful lawyers to protect and defend your rights. Strategies that are often used in defense against assault charges include:

  • Proving factual innocence
  • Proving unfounded fear
  • Proving there was no practicable threat
  • Showing self defense, defense of property or defense of others as motivation
  • Showing that there is insufficient evidence

If you have been charged with assault or aggravated assault in the Anderson, Spartanburg or Greenville areas of South Carolina, please contact the Dick James Law Firm as soon as possible to ensure that your rights and freedom are properly protected. You owe it to yourself and to your loved ones to retain a law firm that is reputed for taking care of our clients and treating you like family.

Drug Offenses

Drug trafficking and other drug offenses are a major problem within the borders of the United States. The trafficking and possession of illegal drugs often begins in other countries and expands to include North America. The Dick James Law Firm of Greenville, South Carolina does not condone any of these illegal acts, but we do uphold the statement that our clients are innocent until proven guilty.

This means that we will fight to defend those who have been wrongly accused of such socially condemning and life-altering charges. Our skilled criminal defense attorneys know the laws and are skilled and resourceful in building successful criminal defense cases. We believe in maintaining your freedom and restoring your good name by achieving the acquittal, reduction or full dismissal of your charges.

Drug Trafficking

Drug trafficking is a multi-level process that involves the cultivation, manufacture, distribution and sale of illegal drugs. There are also different levels of involvement for those who are taking part in these illegal acts. These may include:

  • Huge drug cartels
  • Individual drug lords
  • Middlemen
  • Street dealers

Illegal Drugs

There are several different categories of illegal drugs. These relate to the type of drug, the amount of the drug, and the jurisdiction in which you are found in possession of the drug. There may also be unique circumstances surrounding your charges that may either reduce or enhance the charges against you. Drug charges in the United States can range from small fines and a probation period to huge fines and a lengthy prison term. In most cases, if you are caught in possession of drugs, you will be arrested regardless of whether you serve any time in jail or not.

Drug Possession

Drug possession is the crime of having drugs on your person, in your vehicle or in your residence. Depending on the amount of a certain drug in your possession, or whether it is deemed for personal use, sale or distribution, the charges may differ.

Federal and state drug laws prohibit the possession of any illegal controlled substance, any precursor chemicals, or any drug paraphernalia. These categories include all of the following:

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • LSD
  • Methamphetamine
  • Club drugs (GHB, Ecstasy)
  • Prescription narcotics
  • Base chemicals used in the manufacturing of illegal drugs
  • Syringes
  • Pipes
  • Rolling papers

If you have been charged with drug possession, it is in your best interests to schedule a consultation with our highly skilled and resourceful Spartanburg and Greenville criminal defense attorneys. To discuss the details of your case and what your next step should be, please contact the Dick James Law Firm today.

Legal Representation For Criminal Cases

If you have been accused of any of these offenses, you need immediate legal representation. Because your charge may be a felony or misdemeanor, you must understand the differences between these types of crimes and the possible punishment you may face with each.

Our Greenville criminal defense attorneys know the law and know how to properly defend our clients, whether they are a company or an individual that has been wrongly accused of a crime. If you or someone you love is in need of a criminal defense attorney in the areas of Greenville, Spartanburg, or all of South Carolina, it is important that you contact the Dick James Law Firm immediately to schedule a free consultation to discuss how we can help to protect your rights.

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