Criminal Lawyer Myrtle Beach South Carolina

Criminal Lawyers Myrtle Beach South Carolina

Criminal Lawyer Myrtle Beach SC

Criminal Lawyers Myrtle Beach SC

Criminal Attorney Myrtle Beach South Carolina

Criminal Attorneys Myrtle Beach South Carolina

Criminal Attorney Myrtle Beach SC

Criminal Attorneys Myrtle Beach SC

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Myrtle Beach Criminal Lawyer
Myrtle Beach Criminal Lawyer
Greg McCollum
Attorney at Law
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
PH (843) 626-5480


SEX OFFENSES - CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT - RAPE:

Types of Sexual Assault charges in South Carolina
Criminal Sexual Conduct, First Degree
Criminal Sexual Conduct, Second Degree
Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor, First Degree
Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor, Second Degree (Statutory Rape)
Criminal Sexual Conduct, Third Degree
Lewd Act on a Minor
Indecent Exposure


Sex Offenses - Criminal Sexual Conduct - Rape
The crime of Rape is known as Criminal Sexual Conduct in South Carolina.  Criminal Sexual Conduct, First Degree is the most serious.  It is a felony and carries a maximum penalty of up to thirty years in prison without the possibility of parole.  One convicted of Criminal Sexual Conduct, First Degree (CSC 1st) must register as a sex offender for the rest of his or her life in South Carolina.  The state must prove aggravated force was used to subdue the victim, and must prove there was an aggravating factor such as kidnapping or the involuntary drugging of the victim of the assault.

Criminal Sexual Conduct, Second Degree is a lesser offense which involves the use of aggravated coercion, which is defined as use of threats as opposed to the actual use of physical force and violence.  Criminal Sexual Conduct, Second Degree (CSC 2nd) is a felony punishable by up to twenty years in prison without possibility of parole.  One convicted of Criminal Sexual Conduct, Second Degree, in South Carolina must register as a sex offender. 

Other forms of criminal sexual conduct are Criminal Sexual Conduct Third Degree, which is a felony punishable by up to ten years imprisonment and a person serving the sentence would be eligible for early release and parole, but must register as a sex offender upon release.  Criminal Sexual Conduct with a minor is generally defined as someone over the age of sixteen years old having, sexual relations, whether consensual or not, with someone under the age of sixteen.  Depending on the age of the accused and the age of the alleged victim the offense can be Criminal Sexual Conduct, First Degree or Criminal Sexual conduct, Second Degree.

Other offenses include lewd act upon a minor and indecent exposure along with attempt to commit a particular offense and other offenses.

If you have been arrested and accused of having committed any type of sexual assault you may contact the Law Office of M. Gregory McCollum.  We have defended numerous individuals charged with these types of offenses.  If you have not been arrested and believe you will be accused of such a crime or believe the police are investigating you for a sexual assault contact our office as soon as possible for a consultation. 

What will happen on your case, depends upon many factors. Having an experienced and qualified criminal defense lawyer is one of those factors. Every case is unique and different defenses are available on different cases. If you are interested in a consultation, please contact the Law Office of Greg McCollum for an appointment.

Following are some examples of cases that Attorney Greg McCollum has handled. These are provided to give you information which may be helpful. Often, people think that because they were arrested and charged with a criminal offense that there is nothing they can do about it, and that the situation is hopeless or futile. It is important to know that an arrest and charge is only an accusation, and that a person is not automatically deemed to be guilty. In some cases the person is innocent, in other cases the state lacks sufficient evidence to convict, and sometimes the person has been charged with a greater offense than the state can prove, which can result in charges being reduced or dismissed completely. What can or will occur on your case can not be predicted with absolute certainty. The practice of law is not a science dependent on absolute rules. Law must be interpreted and applied to a particular set of facts, which may or not be proven. What will happen to your case depends upon several factors and each case is unique.

When reading results from past cases it is important to know that any result Attorney Greg McCollum may achieve on behalf of one client does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.


Sample Cases Handled by Attorney Greg McCollum

State of South Carolina vs. R.G.   JURY TRIAL  Verdict-Not Guilty

Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor Second Degree (one Count)

Criminal Sexual Conduct, Second Degree (one Count)

            The client, a grown  man, was charged with the crimes of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, second degree after being accused of sexually assaulting, on separate occasions, two young women, one under the age of sixteen, while staying at the house where they resided.  The client had been extradited to South Carolina from out of state.  He was held in J. Reuben Long Detention Center for over six months prior to retaining our office to represent him in state circuit court, also known as the court of general sessions or state criminal court.  After being retained, our office filed motions to lift the bench warrant which had prevented his release from jail.  After going to court, an order was issued by the Court lifting the bench warrant, so the client could be released from jail.

            Later that year the case was called for a jury trial, with the state electing to proceed on the charge that he sexually assaulted a minor under sixteen years of age and he was tried on the indictment for Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor in the Second Degree.  The client faced up to twenty years in prison without possibility of parole, which would have required him to serve at least eighty-five percent of a sentence he received if convicted.  In addition to the possibility of a lengthy period of incarceration, the client would have been required to register as a sex offender, and be placed on the South Carolina Sex Offender Registry and the Sex Offender Public Data Base.  After a jury trial, at the Horry County Judicial Center Conway, South Carolina, which lasted two days, the jury returned a verdict of Not Guilty.  The second charge was dismissed at a later date without being called for trial.

 

State of South Carolina vs. S.G.  (2011)   JURY TRIAL  Verdict-Jury Deadlocked  Hung Jury  Mistrial

Criminal Sexual Conduct with a minor, second degree

Lewd act on a minor

Kidnapping

 

The case was set for trial by jury in March of 2011 after the client was offered a guilty plea to Criminal Sexual Conduct with a minor and a sentence of fifteen years in prison without possibility of parole.  The client would also be required to register as a sex offender.  The state witnesses testified that the accused client had taken the young woman, who was fourteen years old at the time of the alleged sexual assault and had sexual intercourse with her before taking her home.  The police testified that the client had given a statement admitting that he had sex with her and played a tape recorded statement of the client "confessing" to the crime.  Witnesses for the state testified inconsistently about many facts, including the alleged victim contradicting herself regarding an earlier statement to the police regarding where and how the assault occurred.

 

After a three day trial the jury could not reach a verdict on any of the charges and the judge eventually declared a mistrial.  The client was released on his same bond and was free to leave.

 

Later the client accepted a guilty pleas offer to probation for three years for the offense of Assault and Battery, second degree to avoid a possible retrial of the case.

 

 

 

 

 





   

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