Throughout South Carolina, the authorities do all they can to keep the peace and protect the residents of the state. Of course, this is not always an easy job and when crimes occur the investigative process is often drawn out and taxing for all concerned. In fact, it can be so difficult to get to the bottom of some incidents that from time to time innocent people can come under suspicion.
Similarly, there are also times when someone who would not normally dream of breaking the law may be forced into doing so by unfortunate circumstances. This too can be difficult to prove, and can result in a lengthy investigation and the possibility of facing criminal charges.
Fortunately, by law, you are considered innocent unless you can be proven to be guilty beyond any reasonable doubt. This means that is you have been charged with a crime, your priority is to preserve that doubt. Of course, this can turn out to be harder than it sounds, especially when you are flustered and upset by the situation.
Fortunately, there is help available and you do not need to endure the investigation alone. With the support of an attorney, you can work toward building a successful defense and carefully consider the most likely means of avoiding conviction and its associated penalties.
Our page on criminal defense has further information that might be useful if you find yourself in this difficult position. Your attorney may also be able to assist you, both by explaining the charges you face and helping to ensure that your side of the story is heard by the court.