What To Expect At Your Bond Hearing

What To Expect At A Bond Hearing

If You Are A Family Member:

Bond Hearing AttorneyPlease arrive early to the jail in which your loved one is being held. We suggest at least thirty (30) minutes early. You’ll need a photo ID (driver’s license, government issued ID, etc.). You will also need to leave time to go through all of the security checkpoints that the jail requires. We suggest hiring an experienced South Carolina Criminal Defense Attorney to represent your loved one at this hearing if they haven’t done so themselves.

Representation And The Hearing:

You, or a loved one, have the right to be represented at your bond hearing. You have the right to have a criminal defense attorney that can argue the merits of your bond and make the outcome more favorable. Depending on the charge, what to expect can vary wildly. The severity of your charge (first degree homicide vs. simple possession) will very clearly make a difference in the likelihood that you’re granted bond. And a bond for an arrest without a “life without parole” possible outcome will be set by a South Carolina Magistrate or Municipal Court Judge who will take many things into consideration including whether the accused is:

  • A flight risk?
  • A danger to the community at large?

After this, the Judge may take into consideration:

  • Criminal history,
  • Seriousness of the charges,
  • Employment status,
  • Length of time at residence,
  • Any testimony from victim (if applicable),
  • Anything else that may transpire, or anything else the Judge takes into account

Bail Bonds:

The three (3) different types of bail bonds available for a criminal defendant are:

  1. Personal Recognizance Bond (PR bond) – Allows defendant to be released without any money posted to the court, but rather with a promise to appear when the case is called for trial.
  2. Surety Bond – You must post money with the Court to be released. (Ex: if the Judge sets a $10,000 surety bond, the defendant must post $10,000 in cash or real estate with the Court in order to be released. If the defendant does not appear before the court when the trial is called, they may forfeit the money down or have their real estate foreclosed on.)
  3. Surety Bond With 10% Cash Option – Defendant must post 10% of the total bond amount in cash (i.e. $10,000 surety bond with the ten percent option is ordered, the defendant may post $1,000 in cash)

Can’t Afford Your Bond?

If you can post your own bond (cash or real estate and appear before the court when your case is called, you will have your money or property returned to you at the conclusion of the case. If this isn’t possible, you may see if a bail bonding company can help you. Keep in mind, the fees and payment options they charge you will not be returned to you at the end. Moreover, if you have an experienced criminal defense attorney, they may make a motion requesting that your bond be reduced to make it more reasonable or affordable.

Worth Noting:

Just because you have been arrested doesn’t mean that you’re guilty or even a bad person, but it does mean that you’ll be forced to deal with the repercussions of this on all aspects of your life. Reaching out to a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible is critical and could possibly be the difference between staying in jail and getting released on bond. Let us help you.

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Premises Liability Lawsuits

Premises Liability Lawsuits

Premises Liability Attorney“Help! I’ve been injured on someone else’s property!” You’re not alone. The South Carolina Premises Liability Lawyers have represented dozens of clients who have found themselves hurt on someone else’s property, like yourself. Whether it was a slip and fall or a more complex scenario like…

  • Accidents occurring in grocery stores
  • Retail store accidents
  • Elevator accidents
  • Accidents occurring on unsafe fast-food playgrounds
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Accidents and injuries caused by negligent security
  • Dog bites and animal attacks
  • Government property accidents

…we represent them all as South Carolina Personal Injury Attorneys. We want you to focus on healing and not have to worry with the often difficult insurance companies and legal issues. We want to help you recover monetary damages from the property owner(s) to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and emotional and physical pain and suffering, regardless of the location (public, commercial, or private property).

Basics Behind Premises Liability Suits

To determine how much money/care is owed to the injured party depends on whether said party was a:

  • Trespasser – a person who is not invited onto the premises (implied or expressed), and is not doing anything for the owner of the property. More than likely, if an owner is unaware of the trespasser, they have no duty to warn the intruder of any danger or to make their property safe for said trespasser. If the owner of the property is aware that there is a trespasser on the property, they may be required to warn or otherwise take care to warn of safety issues.
  • Licensee – a person who is invited (implied or expressed) on the property for some purpose other than business or commercial performance. For example, if you were on the property for a Tacky Christmas Sweater Party, you’d be considered a licensee not an invitee.
    • The property owner is usually liable for physical harm to a licensee if the owner is aware of danger, as they had the responsibility to warn of unreasonable risk of harm and failed to take proper measures to fortify the property or, at the least, warn of danger.
    • If this type of case involves a business, it is usually very tricky and complex due to insurance rules. Some companies are covered by many different policies, so understanding each policy and it’s impact on other policies is absolutely crucial before you can make a claim. If it is a home or property owner, it may, generally, be a little more straightforward because (as many are unaware) most HOI policies cover medical bills regardless of fault. This means you may only have to prove you were on the property that is covered with the policy. It, then, wouldn’t be necessary to prove the homeowner or property owner is at fault.
  • Business invitee – a person who is on the premises for direct or indirect commercial benefit to the property owner. This person did not simply pass through the property to get to the next street or to get out of the rain. This aspect is crucial to a premises liability suit, because if anyone enters into a retail store or restaurant that allows for browsing or window shopping, they are considered to be a business invitee until proven otherwise. The property owner has the responsibility to warn or protect any invitee from risks of harm from any condition on the property

I Was Hurt At My Friend’s House–My Medical Bills Are Piling Up, But I Don’t Want To Put Them In The Poorhouse!

We understand your concerns, but please be aware that if you were injured at a neighbor’s house or on a friend’s property you are not suing them. This won’t result in them being destitute. You’re dealing with their insurance companies–not the actual homeowner. To be clear: the claims will be paid off by the insurance companies NOT your friend or neighbor.

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured on someone else’s property, please do not wait to contact a Premises Liability Attorney who can help to recover monetary damages that you are owed for your pain and suffering, lost wages, and/or medical bills.

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Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

Columbia, SC Personal Injury LawyerIf you’ve been injured, the last thing you want to do is try to figure out the complicated South Carolina laws to get just compensation for your injury. You should be working on healing not navigating the legal system. Here are some guidelines to help you find a personal injury attorney in the Columbia, SC area to allow you to rest easy.

What to Look for:

  • Experienced personal injury lawyers
    • Length of time practicing
    • Track record
    • Recommendations from friends, internet, family, etc.
  • Knowledge of the Law
  • Court experience
  • Understanding and compassion
    • Whoever you choose will be representing you, and you need an attorney with whom you can be honest, and expect honesty in return

For More Information:

Check out our YouTube video on personal injury attorneys in Columbia, SC

If you or a loved one is in need of an experienced attorney to represent you after an injury, let this personal injury law firm in Columbia, SC help you! Let us take care of the legal side of your injury, and you can focus on healing.

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What To Expect In Your Personal Injury Case

You Suffered An Injury

South Carolina Personal Injury AttorneyChances are, if you or someone you love suffered a personal injury, your hurting: both emotionally and physically. You may be looking around and getting recommendations from friends about good South Carolina Personal Injury Attorneys. We understand how trying that is, we’ve helped countless other individuals who found themselves in a similar situation.  We are well-versed in helping victims who where injured, disabled, or even killed through no fault of their own. We want to fight for you to get you what you deserve for your bills, treatments, and pain and suffering. We handle a plethora of different types of personal injury cases like:

  • automobile accidents,
  • brain injuries,
  • burn injuries,
  • construction type accidents,
  • defective products,
  • injuries sustained while working on the job,
  • medical malpractice claims,
  • Mesh Failures,
  • motorcycle accidents,
  • nursing home neglect and abuse,
  • toys and childrens’ products,
  • tractor trailer accidents,
  • wrongful death

Next Steps:

Please reach out to a experienced South Carolina Personal Injury Attorney as soon as possible. Let them work on your case while you get well. They will work to secure you financial compensation to make paying those hospital bills easier, because “how can I pay for this?!” should be the last thing on your mind. Once you’ve hired an attorney, they’ll take care of the complicated and multi-faceted rules of the legal system and insurance companies. Let them go to battle for you.  Does This Sound Like You? If you need more information, please reach out for a free consultation to learn about how we can help you.

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