When the State Stands Between You and Your Liberty, Let Holland & Usry Stand Between You and the State.
When you are charged with a crime, the idea of standing before a judge and jury to tell your side of the story is overwhelming. It is literally the entire State of South Carolina or the United States of America against you. You need protection and a voice.
At Holland & Usry, we remember the words that framed us as a nation in the Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
“All men are created equal.” That’s a beautiful way of saying “We’re all people here.” Even when you’re charged with a crime.
Criminal Defense Lawyers Dedicated To Protecting Your Liberty
We remain committed to the fact that liberty is an unalienable right, meaning the State can’t take it from you without justifying it. We are devoted to preserving these bedrock principles of our society’s criminal justice:
- You are presumed innocent.
- The State cannot convict you without proving your guilt. No one charged with a crime has anything to prove.
- The State must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
- Every person charged with a crime has the right to be tried by a jury, which cannot convict you without all agreeing the State proved your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
As experienced criminal defense attorneys, we know that for some clients a trial is unwise. Our first goal is always, win. But sometimes you can’t. It may be the State has a relatively airtight case, or the risk of a long prison term is too great- there are many factors.
But it doesn’t have to mean you lose it all. Our second goal is, if we can’t win, get the charge reduced and give you the best chance possible at minimal punishment. We work every bit as hard to negotiate guilty pleas as we do to prepare for trial. If you decide to plead guilty, we’ll work with you to explain the circumstances leading to the charge and develop the best possible picture of who you truly are, to give the judge every good reason possible to keep you out of prison. Remember: we’re all people here, even if you committed a crime.
You know the serious impact a conviction could have on your life. Whether you’re facing drug charges in South Carolina, DUI/DUAC charges, or you're accused of a violent crime, being convicted of a crime of any size can leave a stain on your public record.
We understand what you’re up against. When the state or federal government points its accusatory finger at you, your reputation, your job, your family, and your freedom can all be on the line. Who you choose to tell your story in court and fight on your behalf to keep your slate clean is critical.
Let One of Our Criminal Defense Attorneys Step In For You
Our South Carolina trial attorneys work hard to investigate your charges by combing through records and evidence to piece together your story - and find where the State’s falls apart. By listening closely to you, contacting crucial witnesses to back up your case, carefully reviewing police reports, and sifting through the government’s evidence against you, we have the experience and skill to build you a strong defense.
Whether you need to win your trial, or secure the best possible outcome for your case, we work hard to ensure that your side of the story is told in a compelling way. We passionately defend our people accused of state or federal misdemeanor and felony charges, including the following:
Violent Crimes. Violent crimes happen in the heat of a moment. When they do, a lot can be misunderstood. Buried in the evidence is your side of the story. We can pull your story out and defend you against a South Carolina violent crime charge. We stand beside people accused of crimes including criminal domestic violence, assault and battery, attempted murder, or murder.
Criminal Domestic Violence. This law is so far-reaching you can be charged with it even if you never married your accuser. It carries serious consequences, including potential jail time and loss of your 2nd Amendment right to bear arms. Sometimes these charges are nothing more than the vengeful act of a jilted lover. We not only review the evidence, we investigate all the facts surrounding the accusations to develop a defense showing what might have motivated untrue or overstated accusations.
Sex Crimes. We are not afraid to take on these charges, which often involve accusations so dreadful the police leap to conclusions. We work to make sure your voice is not drowned out by thunderous allegations the State claims “no one could make up.” Because sometimes that’s exactly what happens- accusations get made up. The key in many cases is figuring out why, so the jury can understand.
Drug Charges. A conviction for a drug crime in South Carolina can have a significant impact on your future. We work hard to help you avoid conviction or minimize the penalties of your charges so that you can avoid a serious impact on your life. Often, much of our work in these cases involves researching the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment to craft a solid argument the government violated your right to be free from an unjustified search.
Theft. Robbery, shoplifting, larceny, and burglary convictions all come with very serious consequences. These cases may not be what they seem, especially if a number of codefendants are involved. We will do all we can to diminish your role and, if necessary, minimize your sentence.
Fraud. Financial crimes can have a serious impact on your future. They can also be very complex. At Holland & Usry, we can sift through large amounts of data to find the facts to help you. If necessary, we can hire experts to help explain your defenses to the jury.
Juvenile Crimes. If your child found himself on the wrong side of the law, you want to do everything you can to protect his reputation and future. We’ll protect your child just like you would.
If you’re accused of a crime, don’t stand alone. We’ll meet you to discuss your case for free. Call us toll free at 888-230-1841 or 864-582-0416 to schedule your free case discussion today. Don’t forget to bring all your paperwork!