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Charged with a Violent Crime?

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Charged with a Violent Crime?

Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney

If you or your child is arrested for a violent crime, contact the law offices of Bannister, Wyatt and Stalvey for an initial consultation at 864-298-0084, or contact us using the form provided.

Bannister, Wyatt, and Stalvey was there for me when I thought things were hopeless. After an intense investigation, they found some things no one had thought of and it saved the day for me.

- Jay Saxon, Greenville, SC

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Act Now, Before It's Too Late.

If you have been charged with assault and battery in South Carolina, you may be facing serious consequences that can be life-altering. Even simple assault or battery stays on your record and can impact future employment or living situations. Seeking an experienced criminal defense attorney that you trust is an important next step.

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Important!

Remember a Few Key Things:

Don't Talk To The Police.

Do not discuss your case with anyone, including the police, without your attorney present

Don't Talk To The Alleged Victim.

Do not contact the alleged victim to try to convince them to drop the charges. Once charged, the state of South Carolina is prosecuting the case and, even if the alleged victim dismisses the case, the State may still prosecute.

Choose Your Next Steps Carefully

Even simple assault or battery stays on your record and can impact future employment or living situations. Seeking an experienced criminal defense attorney that you trust is an important next step.

Information About Being Charged With Assault In South Carolina

Oftentimes, physical confrontations can get out of hand and someone may call the police to keep the situation from escalating. In these circumstances, people may be arrested for offenses ranging from simple assault or battery to aggravated assault or battery.

If you or your child is arrested for a violent crime, contact the law offices of Bannister, Wyatt and Stalvey for a free initial consultation at 864-298-0084, or contact us using the form provided.

What You Should Know

By definition, assault means an attempt to injure someone and, in some circumstances, can include threats or threatening behavior. It requires that the act put someone else in fear of their safety. You do not actually have to touch someone or harm them physically to be charged with assault. Battery, on the other hand, is defined as offensive or harmful contact with someone without their consent.

Simple assault or battery is a misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of 30 days in jail or probation with possible fines. These types of cases may result in the defendant undergoing community service or anger/domestic violence counseling. Oftentimes, these cases arise from accidents or misunderstandings.

Aggravated assault or battery, on the other hand, is a serious felony with significant consequences up to 20 years in prison.

What Should You Do Next?

Your best defense is to hire a criminal defense attorney with experience trying assault and battery cases. The attorneys at Bannister, Wyatt and Stalvey bring over 35 years’ experience to the table. There are several different defense strategies that can be employed from self-defense to defense of property. An experienced attorney will listen to your specific circumstance, help you better understand the legal implications, and develop a defense strategy to protect your constitutional and civil rights.

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Our Attorneys

Jim Bannister

James Bannister - Managing Partner

James W. Bannister (“Jim”) is committed to providing his clients with experienced, insightful and well-prepared criminal defense representation in a broad range of cases. Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in criminal defense advocacy since 2007, Mr. Bannister has been named to Super Lawyers for his work in criminal defense in 2010 and 2012-2017, and garnered a listing in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2007 in the categories of criminal defense, white-collar criminal defense, and DUI defense.

Alex Stalvey

Alex Stalvey - Managing Partner

Alex Stalvey served as a prosecutor in Spartanburg and Greenville counties prior to joining the firm in 2009. Based on his extensive experience in the courtroom, Alex achieved Criminal Trial Advocacy Certification from the National Board of Trial Advocacy in 2014. He has represented clients as lead trial counsel on various cases, including Murder, Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor, Burglary and DUI.

Alex speaks regularly on criminal defense strategies and has given presentations to local and statewide conferences. He also has published articles on criminal law in several publications including South Carolina Lawyer and the Justice Bulletin.