When you are charged with a crime, the most valuable tool you can employ is an experienced criminal defense attorney. Based in Greenville, South Carolina, Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey, LLC has years of criminal defense experience handling all types of criminal state crimes, federal crimes and juvenile crimes.
Our criminal defense lawyers have experience in all types of criminal defense cases, including:
- Traffic accidents with fatalities
- Simple assault
- Domestic violence
- Criminal Sexual Conduct
- Child abuse
A charge is not a conviction. The knowledgeable team of criminal defense attorneys at Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey can craft adept legal criminal defenses for state and federal crimes. In addition, we have an in-house investigator who will thoroughly research your case and provide additional support for the criminal defense team.
If you are in need of a criminal defense lawyer, it is important to act quickly. Contact Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey for a free initial consultation to discuss the details of your case confidentially. Give us a call at 864-298-0084, or use our contact form.
Criminal Defense Attorneys
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.
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.
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
Marcelo Torricos grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and spent his undergraduate years at Clemson University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in 2009. In 2013, Mr. Torricos obtained his Juris Doctorate from John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, Georgia. During law school, he clerked for the United States District Attorney’s Office in Greenville, SC and for the Honorable J. Michelle Childs of the Federal District Court in Greenville, SC. Mr. Torricos was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in November of 2013.
After graduation from law school, Mr. Torricos served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Robin B. Stilwell, Circuit Court Judge for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. During his clerkship, Mr. Torricos gained invaluable experience in the areas of criminal and civil law. This clerkship was a great influence in Mr. Torricos’ decision to focus a significant portion of his practice on criminal defense. Mr. Torricos’ practice is also heavily focused on family/domestic law.
In his spare time, Mr. Torricos spends a lot of time on the golf course, buying/trading/collecting watches, cheering on his Clemson Tigers, and traveling with his family.