Child Abuse

Child Abuse

If found guilty of child abuse and neglect, you face extremely stiff penalties . Parents are no exception to these charges, and often will lose custody of their child or children, or visitation rights if convicted. The law surrounding child abuse and neglect are complicated, and whether you are accused or the one to report a case, an experienced family lawyer can help guide you throughout the process. Our family law attorneys know the value of personal client attention, and are well-practiced in the area of family law.

What you need to know:

At its core, child abuse is divided into three major areas: physical, sexual and emotional abuse. A parent’s drug and alcohol abuse can also be classified as child abuse in some situations. Medical records, eyewitness accounts and victim testimonials are required by the court to prove abuse.

Child neglect is when a caregiver failed to provide for a child’s basic needs. Withholding food, shelter, supervision, education and emotional support can all be considered forms of neglect and harm to a child.

The state of South Carolina has statues in place to protect children, but court proceedings can vindicate those wrongfully accused. Suspicions of false accusations, or injuries as a result of an accident, are among defenses against charges of child abuse or neglect.

What’s next?

Persons involved with child abuse and neglect cases should immediately seek a consult from an experienced family law attorney.  If you suspect an issue with the charges, or you are looking to prevent any further harm to your children, Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey can help with these family law matters. Call our office at (864) 298-0084 to request an appointment with Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey online.

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James Bannister

A managing partner of Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey, James W. Bannister graduated from the University of South Carolina honors program in 1992 as a Phi Beta Kappa. He received his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1995, after which he served for two years as clerk to US Federal Judge Henry M. Herlong. Since then, he has been with Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey.

Mr. Bannister is a member of the South Carolina Bar, Federal Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, South Carolina Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and National Board of Trial Advocacy. Mr. Bannister has been honored among Greenville’s Legal Elite for criminal defense each year the award has been offered.

In 2007, Mr. Bannister earned his Criminal Trial Advocacy Certification from the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He has tried numerous felony cases in both Federal and State Courts, and holds notable experience in cases involving Drugs and Narcotics, RICO, Internet Crimes, White Collar Crime, Security Fraud, Tax Evasion, Murder, Criminal Sexual Conduct, Criminal Domestic Violence, and DUI.

On a national level, Mr. Bannister has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2008 for Criminal Defense and DUI Defense. He has also been included in South Carolina’s Super Lawyers for criminal defense since 2011.  In 2016, Mr. Bannister became one of only three members of the South Carolina Bar to be named as a fellow to the American Board of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

In addition to his private practice, Mr. Bannister serves on the Board of Governors for the South Carolina Bar and was recently elected as Commissioner for Greenville Water. Mr. Bannister formerly served on two criminal law task forces, as appointed by the South Carolina Supreme Court, and as a Commissioner on the Commission on Indigent Defense, a commission appointed by Governor Haley.

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Oscar W. Bannister, Jr.

Oscar W. Bannister, Jr. (Bill) founded Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey along with John F. Wyatt in 2000. Mr. Bannister graduated from the Citadel in 1962 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. From 1962-1965, Mr. Bannister served as an officer in the U.S. Army. He attended law school at the University of South Carolina, where he received his J.D. in 1969. Mr. Bannister was admitted to the South Carolina bar, the U.S. District Court and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1969.

Mr. Bannister served as an assistant U.S. Attorney from 1970-1974. With over 35 years of experience in the courtroom, Mr. Bannister provides counsel and advice in the areas of Criminal Law and Family Law. He has successfully tried cases throughout South Carolina, earning a listing in Best Lawyers of America for the past 24 years (1991-2014) for his work in DUI/DWI defense as well as white and non-white collar criminal defense.

With a high degree of professionalism, Mr. Bannister has tried cases focusing on White Collar Crime, Criminal Taxation, Civil Practice, Divorce, Fire Loss, Litigation, RICO, Internet Crimes, Drugs and Narcotics, Tax Evasion, Tax Fraud and Criminal Tax Audits.

Born in Union, S.C., Mr. Bannister is a member of the Greenville County and Federal Bar Associations, the South Carolina Bar, the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He is also LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated.

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Alex Stalvey

Alex Stalvey is a managing partner of Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey, LLC. He is a former prosecutor and currently handles complex criminal and civil litigation for the firm. He is a member of the Judicial Conference of the Fourth Circuit and the Qui Tam Section of the Federal Bar Association. Alex currently serves on the Board of Governors for the S.C. Association for Justice and is a former board member of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

In 2014, he was certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in the area of criminal trial advocacy

 

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Marcello Torricos

As an associate at Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey, Marcelo Torricos’ main areas of practice are in Criminal Defense and Family Law.

Mr. Torricos received his Bachelor’s Degree with Honors from Clemson University in 2009. While at Clemson University, Mr. Torricos was a proud member of the Sigma Alpha Lambda Honors Fraternity. After graduating from Clemson University and during law school, Mr. Torricos clerked for the 7th Circuit Solicitor’s Office in Spartanburg, SC and for the United States District Attorney’s Office here in Greenville, SC.

In 2012, Mr. Torricos served as a Summer Law Clerk to the Honorable J. Michelle Childs of the Federal District Court for the District of South Carolina. A year later, in 2013, Mr. Torricos graduated from the John Marshall School of Law in Atlanta, GA and became a member of the South Carolina Bar. While in law school, he was the Vice-Chairman of the Board and member of the John Marshall Mock Trial Team.

Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Torricos served as the Law Clerk to the Honorable Robin B. Stilwell of the 13th Judicial Circuit in Greenville, SC.

Si usted necesita los servicios de un abogado latino con experiencia, haga clic aquí para obtener más información sobre Marcelo Torricos o contacte a Marcelo directamente a: https://marcelobws.com

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