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Law Offices ofGrant B. Smaldone

  • Former Prosecutor now practicing primarily in the area of criminal defense law.
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Gay Divorce in South Carolina

September 29, 2015

With the Supreme Court ruling in the Obergefell decision that gay marriage is the law of the land, the inevitable question of gay divorce logically follows. According to the Post and Courier, the first gay divorce was granted in Charleston County in December of 2014. If you are a married couple (whether gay or straight),

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South Carolina DUI laws are among the most complex in the nation. It is no secret that the state of South Carolina takes drinking and driving very seriously. Consequences, even for a first offense, include the loss of driver’s license, requirement of filing SR-22 high-risk insurance, mandatory drug and alcohol safety classes, a permanent criminal record, and  possible imprisonment.

Perhaps more so than other types of criminal cases, time is of the essence when retaining a DUI attorney to represent you. As soon as you were arrested, there were deadlines that began that you may not even have been aware existed, particularly with the possible suspension of your driver’s license.

Attorney Grant Smaldone knows how to fight for his clients when they are arrested for Driving Under the Influence in South Carolina. He knows that an arrest is NOT a conviction, and if necessary, will make sure a jury is aware of that fact as well. Call (803) 406-4376 today to schedule a free consultation!

A conviction for a drug offense can have repercussions that may last a lifetime. The consequences of a conviction of a drug offense, even a misdemeanor, can lead to the loss of a job, loss of eligibility for student loan and grant benefits, loss of housing, the loss of ability to secure a government job, eviction from government housing, ineligibility for US citizenship (if not already a citizen), and that’s not even mentioning the direct consequences of a fine or imprisonment.

Perhaps the most important choice in any drug case is the choice of attorney. Grant Smaldone has years of experience defending and prosecuting drug offenses in South Carolina. Litigating a drug case can be very complex. Many issues can arise, such as whether there was a valid search, whether there was any evidence to suggest the drugs were for distribution, the validity of any lab testing or chain of custody done to the drugs, and whether the drugs are controlled substances at all. Grant Smaldone has represented a multitude of defendants charged with drug crimes ranging from Simple Possession of Marijuana all the way to Trafficking Heroin. Attorney Smaldone is ready to do what is best to protect your interests, including argue before a jury for an acquittal if that is what is necessary to fight for your liberty.

If you are charged with a drug offense in South Carolina, don’t delay! Contact our office at (803)406-4376 today to schedule a free initial consultation.

Being charged with a violent crime in South Carolina can result in a lengthy stay in prison. For example, being convicted of Murder can result in a sentence of life imprisonment with no parole. An Attempted Murder Conviction can result in a sentence of thirty years in prison, 85% of which must be served.

In many violent crime situations, bond will be denied by the magistrate judge. In other cases, bond will be set higher than a typical defendant can pay, resulting in a lengthy pre-trial incarceration period. Attorney Grant Smaldone can have a bond hearing held in Circuit Court- a a court of higher jurisdiction than magistrate or municipal court- and often have bond set or reduced at that hearing.

Attorney Grant B. Smaldone is willing to invest the time and energy it takes to clear your name when you are charged with a violent crime. He has both prosecuted and represented those accused of Murder, Attempted Murder, Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Burglary, and knows that an arrest is not a conviction, and he will fight for your liberty in court all the way to a not guilty verdict at trial, if that is what it takes.

The choice of an attorney is perhaps the most important choice you can make once you are charged with a violent crime. Contact our office today at (803)406-4376 to schedule your free consultation and have Attorney Grant Smaldone begin the fight to clear your name.

People charged with crimes deserve competent legal counsel. In South Carolina, a post-conviction relief (PCR) proceeding is a collateral attack on a criminal conviction. At this stage, the convicted person seeks to prove that his original trial lawyer was incompetent in handling his case or that there were other errors that prove his trial was unfair.

Post Conviction Relief cases are typically a “last resort” for people convicted of a crime. There are typically no other avenues to clear their record and secure their freedom once the Post-Conviction Relief hearing is held. That is why it is important to hire an attorney that will fight to clear your name and argue that the original counsel was ineffective.

Hire a Post Conviction Relief Attorney you can trust. Call our office today at (803)-406-4376 and schedule a FREE consultation with Attorney Grant B. Smaldone.