Criminal Defense Questions

Camden, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Columbia, and Aiken, SC

Why should I choose your trial lawyers to represent my criminal case?

We have the experience, knowledge and dedication to represent you in your criminal case. Prosecutors often push for harsh punishments for defendants, and you need our lawyers to push back with an aggressive criminal defense strategy.

Our extensive knowledge of South Carolina criminal laws and our experience representing people in your same situation means we know how to resolve these cases in the best way possible for you.

Is there a way to reduce my felony charge to a misdemeanor?

In some cases, it’s possible to reduce a felony charge to a misdemeanor; however, the only way our trial lawyers can determine if this is possible in your situation is to review the details of your case. The likelihood of reducing a felony may be influenced by:

  • The nature of your criminal charges
  • Your past criminal record
  • The evidence against you

If our lawyers decide the most effective strategy in your case is to pursue reduced charges, we will work for this outcome aggressively.

What consequences do I face for my crime?

Punishment depends on the type and class of crime, as well as other factors. Possible consequences include:

  • Jail time
  • Fines
  • Revocation of professional license
  • Suspension of driver’s license
  • Probation
  • Community service
  • Conviction on your criminal record

Our trial lawyers work to reduce these punishments when appropriate.

What happens if I am a first-time offender?

If you are a first-time criminal offender, it may be easier to get your charges dropped or reduced than if you were a repeat offender. To pursue these outcomes, you need an experienced trial attorney who knows how to argue your case.

How will your lawyers resolve my case?

Every criminal case is unique, and we must review yours before we can begin building a defense strategy. You can call us and we will review your case for free. We’ll explain our thoughts on your case, and then you can decide whether you want to proceed with our services.

Criminal convictions carry serious consequences. As your lawyers, our job is to find the best way to resolve your case and then to fight for that outcome.

For a free review of your case with our trial lawyers in Columbia, South Carolina, please contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A. We have locations across the state.



(1807 Hampton Street Columbia, South Carolina 29201)
(485 N. Lafayette Drive Sumter, South Carolina 29150)
(119 East Main Street Lexington, South Carolina 29072)
(919 Broad Street Camden, South Carolina 29020)
(104 Office Park Drive Orangeburg, South Carolina 29118)
(2203 Wilson Road Newberry, South Carolina 29108)
(231 Pendleton Street, NW Aiken, South Carolina 29801)