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Criminal Defense Attorney – Charleston, SC

Sexual Assault Charges

Because the penalties for sexual assault are so personally, financially, and emotionally damaging, your lawyer must be prepared to aggressively defend you from arrest to trial.

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A Sexual Assault Charge Can Cost You More than Your Freedom

Being charged with sexual assault is a humiliating experience that can destroy relationships, ruin employment prospects, and inflict irreparable damage on an individual’s reputation. Even if the charges are ultimately dismissed, individuals accused of sex crimes are often permanently ostracized.

If convicted, offenders face fines, prison time, and registration as a sex offender. Due to the stigma attached to the sex offender registry, a conviction can impact your life forever. Because the penalties for sexual assault are so personally, financially, and emotionally damaging, your lawyer must be prepared to aggressively defend you from arrest to trial.

South Carolina Sexual Assault Defined

Like many other states, South Carolina has abandoned the traditional definition of rape. The modern South Carolina penal code defines non-consensual sexual intercourse as a form of assault known as “sexual assault.” When the accused and the victim are closely related, sexual assault is a first degree felony, which involves a prison sentence ranging between five and 99 years. Additionally, the court can also impose a maximum fine of $10,000. In cases where the parties are not related, offenders face a second degree felony, which is punishable by a prison term lasting between two and 20 years as well as a discretionary fine up to $10,000.

The sexual assault statute also includes a provision for “statutory rape”, which is sexual intercourse with a child age 17 or under. Unlike sexual assault that involves an adult victim, statutory rape does not address the element of consent. This means that consensual sexual intercourse with a child is a punishable offense.

Aggravated Sexual Assault

Under certain circumstances, a sex crime is prosecuted under a more serious criminal charge known as “aggravated sexual assault.” Sexual assault that involves a weapon, places the victim in fear for her life, involves a controlled substance known as a “date rape drug”, or is perpetrated upon a very young or very elderly victim is considered aggravated sexual assault. If you are charged with aggravated sexual assault, you will be prosecuted under a first degree felony.

False Allegations Are Not Uncommon

Accusing someone of sexual assault is a serious matter. Unfortunately, innocent people can find themselves wrongfully accused of a sex crime. It is not uncommon for sexual assault allegations to surface in contested divorce cases.

In other cases, pregnant teens accuse a boyfriend of sexual assault rather than admit to engaging in premarital sex. If you are a victim of false charges, you need a committed criminal defense lawyer prepared to fight for justice. I will thoroughly examine the evidence in your case to determine the most effective way to contest the charges against you.

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.
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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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