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Criminal Defense Attorney – Charleston, SC

Burglary, Robbery & Theft Charges

From our very first meeting, I will thoroughly review the details of your case, including any suspicion of police misconduct.

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Everyone makes mistakes. Financial difficulties, health setbacks, and life circumstances often make people desperate. Difficult situations can lead them to make spur of the moment decisions they later regret. In criminal cases, what seemed like a short-term solution often results in long-term consequences. Under South Carolina law, burglary, robbery, and theft are distinct crimes that involve taking property from an individual or business without permission.

Burglary

Burglary involves entering a private home or closed public building uninvited with the intention of committing a theft or assault. In South Carolina, breaking into a vehicle or coin-operated machine with the intent to steal also constitutes burglary.

It does not matter if the theft never actually took place. The law merely requires that the individual intended to commit the theft or assault. Because proving intent is often difficult for the prosecution to accomplish, I frequently assist clients in reducing charges, negotiating plea bargains, or achieving a complete dismissal of the case.

Robbery: Distinguished from Burglary

Robbery is similar to burglary, except robbery involves using or threatening force to steal. This covers a variety of criminal activities, including bank robbery, mugging, and carjacking. Additionally, a related charge known as “aggravated burglary” is a burglary committed with a deadly weapon or one that causes the victim serious physical harm. Whereas simple burglary is prosecuted as a second degree felony, aggravated burglary is punishable as a first degree felony.

Theft

The definition of theft is relatively straightforward. It is the unlawful taking of another person’s property without his consent with the intent to deprive him of it. In other words, if you take things that do not belong to you, you can be charged with theft. Under the South Carolina Penal Code, several theft-related crimes are prosecuted under a single code section. Theft crimes include receiving stolen property, embezzlement, writing bad checks, shoplifting, and others. Depending on the severity of the crime and the amount of money or goods stolen, the penalties range from a Class C misdemeanor to a first degree felony.

Defense You Can Count On

From our very first meeting, I will thoroughly review the details of your case, including any suspicion of police misconduct. Most of the time, first-time offenders can avoid jail time by participating in court-approved community programs. I will help you weigh the pros and cons of accepting a plea bargain versus taking your case to trial.

Federal Criminal Defense

Defended countless clients accused of federal crimes. As an experienced federal litigator, I know how to assemble an effective defense for high profile crimes.

Drug Possession

Because drug possession is a serious crime that can result in life-changing penalties, it is absolutely imperative to work with a South Carolina criminal defense lawyer who understands the law in this area.

White Collar Crimes

Because these types of cases are often subject to both state and federal prosecution, it is important to work with a lawyer who is comfortable defending a case at any level.

DUI Charges

A DUI Charge Can Put Your Life on Hold. A single arrest can seriously jeopardize your job, your freedom, and your reputation. If you have been arrested for drunk driving, you can’t afford to delay your defense.

Why Hire Us?

When you have been charged with a crime, you need an experienced lawyer who focuses exclusively on defending criminal cases and who will aggressively protect your rights. Throughout my career, I have successfully handled every type of criminal defense case. More importantly, criminal defense is the only thing I do. I have witnessed firsthand how a criminal charge can negatively impact every area of a person’s life. As a lawyer, I consider it a privilege to help people during this stressful time in their lives. Call us today at (854) 777-0744 for a free consultation to discuss.

Scott Bischoff is truly a good human being and an exceptional attorney. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for legal representation.
-Russel McNeil

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When you have been charged with a crime, you need experienced lawyers who focuses exclusively on defending criminal cases and who will aggressively protect your rights. Throughout our careers, We have successfully handled every type of criminal defense case. More importantly, criminal defense is the only thing we do..

Christopher W. Adams, Esq.

Experienced and Aggressive South Carolina Criminal Defense Attorney

Chris concentrates in criminal defense in federal and state courts. Chris concentrates on defending clients accused of white collar crimes, street crimes, sex offenses and capital murder in the South and around the country.

Since launching his private practice in 2007, Chris has represented clients in serious matters from Las Vegas to New York City to San Juan, Puerto Rico. However, the bulk of his practice is fighting for men and women accused of crimes in and around South Carolina.

Chris Adams Bio Prior to opening his own practice, Chris spent 15 years as a public defender or non-profit lawyer. Chris began his career in Charleston, S.C., and he and his family returned in 2010 after spending a decade in Atlanta. The son of a two teachers, Chris grew up in Carrollton, Georgia. After graduating...

J. Scott Bischoff, II

Award Winning Criminal Defense Attorney

In our modern day rush-to-judgment society, people charged with crimes are often convicted in the court of public opinion long before they ever step foot in a courtroom. Despite citizens of this country being innocent until proven guilty, the reality is that in this day and age you have to fight for your innocence.

I pride myself in knowing that I can be the voice that helps a client through what is perhaps the most difficult time in their life. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to every client that walks through our door. As a group, we work together to ensure our clients achieve maximum possible results in any situation.

Professional Experience Upon graduating from law school, Scott went to work for the Office of the First Circuit Public Defender where he excelled in providing high quality representation to indigent citizens of Dorchester County. During his three years as a public defender, Scott represented hundreds of defendants in all areas of the law and served...
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