Charges of any domestic violence are serious. Penalties include lengthy jail sentences, high fines, and collateral consequences such as the loss of the right to own, transport, or possess firearms or ammunition. Domestic violence cases can be especially complicated due to the nature of the relationship between the accused and the alleged victim. In South Carolina, domestic violence requires some action against a household member. A household member is defined as a spouse, former spouse, persons who have a child in common, and persons who are cohabiting or formerly have cohabited. Defending domestic violence cases requires a careful investigation of any allegation. Contact our local Charleston lawyers today for a free consultation.