Many misdemeanors are handled in Municipal and Magistrate Courts in South Carolina

Common offenses handled in these courts are:
  • Traffic Violations
  • Driving Under the Influence, First Offense
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Open Container
  • Public Intoxication
  • Minor in Possession of Alcohol
  • Possession of a Fake ID
  • Simple Possession of Marijuana
  • Assault and Battery, Third Degree
  • Domestic Violence, Third Degree

However, many people think that misdemeanors don’t matter because they’re misdemeanors. Nevertheless, a conviction of any magistrate or municipal offense can seriously affect employment opportunities, college aid, or housing opportunities immediately or in the future. You are entitled to the same Constitutional rights in civil and magistrate court as you are in any other criminal court.

An additional advantage of hiring a local and experienced criminal defense attorney in magistrate or municipal courts is often the attorney can appear instead of the client for required appearances. Criminal cases in magistrate or municipal courts tend to move relatively quickly, so it is imperative to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to begin an aggressive and effective defense immediately. Contact our Charleston lawyers today for a free initial consultation.