Getting charged with a crime in Greenville can be a traumatic experience. Even "petty" crimes can cause an individual's life to fall apart professionally and personally. Spending time in jail is bad enough, but the ramifications of a criminal record run deep, resulting in loss of employment, loss of friends, and even family. For many people, having a zealous criminal defense attorney in Greenville, SC, to defend their rights is the only shot they have of living a normal life.
That's why, if you have been charged with a crime, you need the help of a veteran criminal defense lawyer early in the legal process. That's where CDH Law Firm comes in â to give you or your loved one hope when you need it the most.
Our criminal defense law firm was founded to help people just like you - hardworking men and women who are looking at diminished employment opportunities and a possible lifetime of embarrassment. But with our team of experts fighting by your side, you have a much better chance of maintaining your freedom and living a normal, productive life. When it comes to criminal law in Greenville, we've seen it all. With decades of combined experience, there is no case too complicated or severe for us to handle, from common DUI charges to complicated cases involving juvenile crimes. Unlike some of our competition, we prioritize personalized service and cutting-edge criminal defense strategies to effectively represent our clients.
Clients rank Cobb Dill & Hammett, LLC as the top choice for Greenville criminal defense because we provide:
Choosing the right criminal defense lawyer in Greenville can mean the difference between conviction and acquittal. Our firm has represented thousands of clients in the Lowcountry, and we're ready to defend you too. Some of our specialties include:
DUI penalties in Greenville can be very harsh. Many first-time DUI offenders must endure a lifelong criminal record, license suspension, and the possibility of spending time in jail. Officers and judges take DUI very seriously, with 30% of traffic fatalities in South Carolina involving impaired drivers, according to NHTSA. Criminal convictions can have lasting impacts on your life, which is why CDH Law Firm works so hard to get these charges dismissed or negotiated down. In some cases, we help clients avoid jail time altogether.
The bottom line? Our criminal law defense attorneys will do everything possible to keep you out of jail with a clean permanent record. It all starts with a free consultation, where we will take time to explain the DUI process. We'll also discuss your defense options and speak at length about the differences between going to trial and accepting a plea bargain.
The consequences of a DUI in Greenville depend on a number of factors, including your blood alcohol level and how many DUIs you have received in the last 10 years. If you're convicted, the DUI charge will remain on your criminal history and can be seen by anyone who runs a background check on you. Sometimes, a judge will require you to enter alcohol treatment or install an interlock device on your automobile.
If you're on the fence about hiring a criminal defense lawyer in Greenville, SC, consider the following DUI consequences:
48 hours to 90 days
Five days to three years
60 days to five years
Additional consequences can include:
When convicted of DUI in South Carolina, most offenders must join the Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program. This program mandates that offenders complete a drug and alcohol assessment and follow the recommended treatment options.
Some first-time DUI offenders in Greenville may choose to complete community service in lieu of jail time. Community service hours are usually equal to the length of jail time an offender would be required to serve.
Typically, when a person is convicted of driving under the influence in Greenville, their driver's license is restricted or suspended. The length of restriction or suspension depends on how many prior DUI convictions an individual has.
First-time DUI offenders must endure a six-month license suspension. Drivers convicted with a blood-alcohol level of .15% or more do not qualify for a provisional license. However, sometimes they may still drive using an ignition interlock device.
Offenders convicted of a second DUI charge must use an ignition interlock device (IID) for two years.
Offenders convicted of a third DUI charge must use an ignition interlock device (IID) for three years. That term increases to four years if the driver is convicted of three DUIs in five years.
For offenders with two or more convictions, the judge will immobilize their vehicle if it is not equipped with an IID. When a judge immobilizes a vehicle, the owner must turn over their registration and license plate. Clearly, the consequences of receiving a DUI in Greenville can be life-changing, and not in a good way. The good news is that with CDH Law Firm, you have a real chance at beating your charges and avoiding serious fines and jail time. Every case is different, which is why it's so important that you call our office as soon as possible if you are charged with a DUI.Free Consultation
Most drivers brush off traffic law violations as minor offenses, but the fact of the matter is they are criminal matters to be taken seriously. Despite popular opinion, Traffic Violation cases in Greenville can carry significant consequences like fines and even incarceration. If you or someone you love has been convicted of several traffic offenses, your license could be suspended, restricting your ability to work and feed your family.
Every driver should take Traffic Violations seriously. If you're charged with a traffic crime, it's time to protect yourself and your family with a trusted criminal defense lawyer in Greenville, SC. Cobb Dill Hammett, LLC is ready to provide the legal guidance and advice you need to beat your traffic charges. We'll research the merits of your case, explain what charges you're facing, discuss your defense options, and strategize an effective defense on your behalf.
There are dozens and dozens of traffic laws in Greenville, all of which affect drivers in some way. Our Greenville defense attorneys fight a full range of violations, including but not limited to the following:
As seasoned traffic violation lawyers, we know how frustrating it can be to get charged with a Traffic Violation. While some traffic charges can be minor, others are severe and can affect your life for years to come. Don't leave your fate up to chance â call CDH Law Firm today for the highest-quality Traffic Violation representation in Greenville.
At Cobb Dill Hammett, LLC, we understand that children are still growing and learning about the world around them. As such, they may make mistakes that get them into trouble with the law. Children and teens who are arrested in Greenville can face much different futures than other children their age. Some face intensive probation, while others are made to spend time in jail.
This happens most often when a child's parents fail to retain legal counsel for their son or daughter. Cases referred to the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice often move quicker than adult cases, so finding a good lawyer is of utmost importance. With that said, a compassionate criminal defense attorney in Greenville, SC, can educate you and your child about their alleged charges. To help prevent your child from going to a detention center, we will devise a strategy to achieve favorable results in their case.
Unlike adults, juveniles don't have a constitutional right to a bond hearing. Instead, once your child is taken into custody a Detention Hearing is conducted within 48 hours. This hearing is similar to a combination of a Bond Hearing and a Preliminary Hearing. Unfortunately, there is little time to prepare for these hearings, which is why you must move quickly and call CDH law firm as soon as possible.
Our team gathers police reports, petitions, interviews your child at the DJJ, speaks with you about the case and talks to the prosecutor to discover if they have plans for detention. In most cases, we strive to avoid detention and seek alternatives like divisionary programs or treatment facilities. This strategy better addresses your child's issues and keeps them out of the juvenile legal system in Greenville. If your child is charged with a crime, and South Carolina decides to prosecute, your child will appear before a family court judge, who will find them delinquent or not delinquent. There are no juries in juvenile cases in South Carolina, which is why it's crucial to have a lawyer present to defend your child if they go in front of a judge.
Common penalties for juveniles charged with crimes in Greenville include:
Whether you are facing a DUI charge or a serious traffic violation, CDH Law Firm is here to fight for your rights so you can continue living life. The future might seem bleak, but our criminal defense lawyers in Greenville, SC, have the tools, experience, and strategy to win your case, as we have with so many others. Don't lose hope â call our office today and maintain your freedom tomorrow.
The $60 million project near downtown Greenville opens May 19, 2022 to the public and we’ve got all the details. The huge Unity Park will open to the public on May 19, 2022 and it is gorgeous. Families will love the wide-open spaces, playgrounds, shelters, paved trails, and of course, the splash pad.The Playgrounds There are three playgrounds at the park: a natural play area with lots of climbing apparatuses, a turf playground...
The $60 million project near downtown Greenville opens May 19, 2022 to the public and we’ve got all the details.
The huge Unity Park will open to the public on May 19, 2022 and it is gorgeous. Families will love the wide-open spaces, playgrounds, shelters, paved trails, and of course, the splash pad.
There are three playgrounds at the park: a natural play area with lots of climbing apparatuses, a turf playground with large hills for more climbing, slides, and swings, and a tot play area with a music garden and equipment perfect for the smaller ages.
Fencing is around all playgrounds but there are no gates so parents need to be aware of where their kids are wandering off to. There is plenty of seating throughout all the playgrounds and really, parents may want to get in there and play with their kids because everything is so fun!
The playgrounds are set on two acres, making the space enormous. There is a lot of room to run around, get out energy, and just enjoy being a kid. The playgrounds and splash pad together are one of, if not the, largest playgrounds in Greenville.
Let’s get to the good stuff! The splash pad is set up with several benches and is stationed right next to the toddler playground. The splash pad has two sections – one for smaller kids with shorter water spouts and then another area for bigger kids, where the water can shoot up to nine feet high.
The splash pad is located in between the toddler play area and the bigger kid playground and next to the public restrooms. It’s really in a great place for parents to be able to watch the kids no matter where they want to play.
Unity Park has a ton of open green space on the Michelin Green, which is just perfect for running around, having a picnic, or just relaxing in a beautiful spot. I can easily imagine lots of people out there reading a book while laying on a blanket and enjoying the beauty of the park.
There are beautifully-constructed shelters along the Green as well that will be available for rent starting over the summer. It is in this open space where families can gather for special events, such as the big fireworks display in Greenville on July 4th (more on that below).
Close to The Commons is the Prisma Health Welcome Center, which has a lactation room, restrooms, a rotating art display, and a history wall. There is a big wraparound deck where people can sit at tables and enjoy the view, conduct business meetings, and just watch their kids play in the open space below.
The Welcome Center is available to rent out as well and is an excellent space for corporate meetings and events.
While the park is beautiful on the outside, so much work went into it behind the scenes that truly make the space something special.
At the large playground there are several big dirt mounds that are meant for climbing and rolling down. They were covered in spraycrete and then wrapped in cushioning. The turf is super bouncy as well, making for a pretty soft surface.
The other surfaces, including poured-in-place rubber and synthetic turf, were all thoughtfully selected to provide protection for kids as they naturally fall or take a tumble. The surfaces are also ADA-accessible, are is the route that leads kids up to the lookout tower, where you get an awesome view of the park.
The management of the Reedy River was also a key construction aspect of Unity Park. Engineers and landscape architects worked together to reduce the risk of flooding and improve water quality by creating flat tables with specially selected trees, plants, and flowers. This enables the area to be able to absorb more of the river in a possible flood situation – plus it looks pretty! There is also a state-of-the-art drainage system in place to aid in this project.
You’ll get a great view of the new Auro Bridge if you head down to the river to check out the pretty flowers and other fauna on the river table.
The main entrance to Unity Park is off Hudson Street and onto Welborn Street and into the Commons. You can park there or in another lot off Meadow Street, which will get you pretty close to the Commons as well. You just have to walk across a small bridge and then the playgrounds will be to the left.
Unity Park will also be accessible via the Greenville Trolley system. Additionally, you can ride bikes from the Children’s Garden at Linky Park or park in several of the paid parking lots near there and walk the quarter-mile on the Swamp Rabbit Trail over to the park.
Greenville’s big fireworks display is moving to Unity Park on Monday, July 4, from 6 -10 pm. It is not a festival so no alcohol will be served and pets are not allowed at any public event at the park. The space is perfect for bringing a picnic dinner and letting the kids get out their energy before the big show.
You can bring coolers, chairs, blankets, and food but alcohol is not allowed.
Unity Park is open 5 am – 11 pm daily.
Unity Park40 Mayberry Street, Greenville
Grace Church has purchased a dormitory building from Greenville Technical College to convert into affordable housing as part of a special program to address the local housing crisis.The church will serve as the landlord for the property, and rent will be adjusted to fit families' income. Rent prices will range from $450 for a single room to $1,000 for a three-bedroom unit.The goal, according to Grace Church's care and recovery ministry director LeeAnne Cavin, is that the average family will pay in the $900-range ...
Grace Church has purchased a dormitory building from Greenville Technical College to convert into affordable housing as part of a special program to address the local housing crisis.
The church will serve as the landlord for the property, and rent will be adjusted to fit families' income. Rent prices will range from $450 for a single room to $1,000 for a three-bedroom unit.
The goal, according to Grace Church's care and recovery ministry director LeeAnne Cavin, is that the average family will pay in the $900-range for a unit.
"We do have a crisis of housing," Cavin said. "Our whole community is really starting to desire collaboration."
The units are expected to open for rent the first week of June, and the church already has almost 40 families ready to move in.
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The program will accept emergency housing vouchers through the Greenville Housing Authority but not Section 8 vouchers or extra subsidy from the federal government that goes directly toward rent.
To sign a lease in one of the units, families agree to be a part of a Grace Church housing program that offers medical coverage, dental care, a savings matching program, mental-health support, car maintenance, financial education, cooking classes, self-defense classes, and job and interview preparation.
Residents are expected to stay in the program for two to three years, and Grace is specifically looking to serve people coming from transitional housing and recovery programs and survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence and abuse.
The church will work with other housing organizations to find applicants, Cavin said.
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The property is the former Campus Pointe at Greenville Tech apartments on Cleveland Street and is located on a public bus line.
Requirements to stay in the program include:
The apartment units will work toward filling a much-needed housing shortage in Greenville.
A 2020 study by the Greenville Housing Fund found that almost half of Greenville County renters are cost-burdened, meaning they spend more than 30% of their income on housing and utilities. If you're paying more than 30% of your annual income on housing, you're paying more than you can afford while maintaining the ability to afford other needs, according to experts at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Recent affordable housing news:Greenville Housing Fund to allocate $4 million for service and healthcare workers
Grace Church has 10 locations across the Upstate and saw more than 6,000 attendees on average each Sunday in 2021.
Cavin said Grace Church is excited to expand its housing ministry and work with local housing organizations to do so.
"We're incredibly grateful to be a part of what Greenville is doing," Cavin said.
Genna Contino covers Greenville County and housing for The Greenville News. Contact Genna at email@example.com or on Twitter @GennaContino. Subscribe to The Greenville News at greenvillenews.com/subscribe.
D?o?n?’t? Do look up, GVL. We’re in store for a fully-visible super flower blood moon this Sun., May 15. What is that?What to knowAccording to the Roper Mountain Science Center, a lunar eclipse “occurs when the Earth passes di...
D?o?n?’t? Do look up, GVL. We’re in store for a fully-visible super flower blood moon this Sun., May 15. What is that?
According to the Roper Mountain Science Center, a lunar eclipse “occurs when the Earth passes directly between the sun and the moon, and the Earth’s shadow is cast upon the moon.” In addition to it being the first total lunar eclipse of the year, this month’s full moon on Mon., May 16 will be a super moon — a full moon that’s at the closest point to Earth in its orbit. It’s called a flower moon because it coincides with spring flower growth.
Look out for two features: Color + size. As direct sunlight is blocked from the moon during the total lunar eclipse, reflected sunlight from the earth’s atmosphere gives the moon a rusty red color (like blood). Plus, because it’s closest to the earth around this same time as the eclipse, it will appear “super,” or larger than usual.
The partial eclipse starts around 10:27 p.m. By 11:29 p.m., the moon will be completely red and the total eclipse will have started. The maximum eclipse (when the moon is closest to the center of its shadow) will be visible from 12:11-12:53 a.m.
Maggie Connelly, Planetarium Specialist at Roper Mountain Space Center, says you can view the super flower blood moon anywhere with a clear view of the sky. For a close-up view, grab binoculars or a telescope. (Pro-tip: City Editor Kyle got a peep of 2019’s lunar eclipse through the lens of her DSLR camera.) Check the weather forecast, as clouds and rain could hide your view.
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. —The seventh annual Cardiac Arrest Survivor Ceremony was held by Greenville County Emergency Medical Services on Wednesday at the Greenville Convention Center.The ceremony honored the efforts of dozens of men and women across several Upstate EMS departments, who provide nationally recognized cardiac arrest care.Tom Blackwell, Greenville County Emergency Medical Services Executive Director, said the county's cardiac arrest care ranks first or second in the nation, as of Thurs...
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. —
The seventh annual Cardiac Arrest Survivor Ceremony was held by Greenville County Emergency Medical Services on Wednesday at the Greenville Convention Center.
The ceremony honored the efforts of dozens of men and women across several Upstate EMS departments, who provide nationally recognized cardiac arrest care.
Tom Blackwell, Greenville County Emergency Medical Services Executive Director, said the county's cardiac arrest care ranks first or second in the nation, as of Thursday.
The ceremony also provided an additional opportunity for first responders to be reunited with their patients.
"We responded to over 80,000 calls [in 2021], and of those we had about 571 cardiac arrests," Blackwell said. "The number of survivors that we got in the field, that we transported to the hospital was 270. Our survival was between 22-38%, of those that actually walked out of the hospital neurologically intact. Nationally that's about a 5% survival."
Carey Hudson is among the 571 cardiac arrests. She said hers took place on December 26, 2021.
"I was just cleaning up after Christmas and getting ready for the next day, and went to bed," Hudson said. "Apparently around 2 a.m. he [husband David] woke up to me gasping for air and I had no pulse. The next thing I remember was day eight in the hospital.”
After noticing something was wrong, David Hudson ran upstairs to notify his three sons.
Hudson's three sons just so happened to be home from college. One of her sons recently graduated from The Citadel, where he took a CPR course.
"The fact that I woke up, the fact that our sons were there which they don’t live in our home anymore, 51 weeks out of the year, and the fact that EMS got there so quickly, it was a miracle,” David Hudson said. “They [EMS] kept us informed exactly where they were, how close they were to the home, how to have the home ready, Lights on, door open and all of that saved precious time.”
Their son who took the CPR course was able to begin chest compressions before first responders arrived. He was guided by a 911 dispatcher before EMS arrived.
"Every minute in delay after your heart stops, your survival potential goes down by 10%,” Blackwell said.
Carey spent seven days in the intensive care unit, and two days in cardiac recovery, according to her husband David.
With a second chance at life, Carey encourages everyone to take a basic CPR course, as it could be the difference between saving someone's life or potentially dying.
"I have a new best friend," Carey said. "It’s an ICD and I named her Gracie. She’s right here [pointing at her heart], because by the grace of God here I am.”
Carey said one of the most important things to remember is the power of prayer. She said that is what has brought her to the stage of recovery she has reached.
We’ve been fishing around and Greenville is swimming in sushi. From trendy menus to laidback atmospheres, we’ve rounded up some top spots to score sushi.Date night dining TakoSushi, 34 S. Main St. Takosushi is a great spot for making it o-fish-al. After dinner, take your date on a walk downtown + through Falls Park.Impress the foodies ...
We’ve been fishing around and Greenville is swimming in sushi. From trendy menus to laidback atmospheres, we’ve rounded up some top spots to score sushi.
Date night dining TakoSushi, 34 S. Main St. Takosushi is a great spot for making it o-fish-al. After dinner, take your date on a walk downtown + through Falls Park.
Impress the foodies Sushi Masa, 8590 Pelham Rd. Sushi Masa’s premier sushi, like its fresh sashimi, will have those with even the most particular of palettes saying, “Oh, that’s good fish.” It’s recommended you make a reservation.
Late night option Otto Izakaya, 802 S. Main St. + 15 Market Point Dr. We think sushi tastes better late at night. With its buy two, get one free deal after 10 p.m., Otto Izakaya is great for that late night snack.
Keep it casual Sushi Go, 247 N. Main St. DYK: Sushi is historically a casual finger food? Sushi Go is a lowkey sushi scene for those that just want to sit back and ride the sushi wave.
Bang for your buck Aoki Sushi, 1779 Woodruff Rd., Ste. B Who says sushi has to be expensive? Check out Aoki Sushi’s menu, with every roll priced under $16 and most under $11. Plus, if you go on weekdays between 11 a.m.-3 p.m., you get 10% off your rolls.
Tako-bout takeout Sushi Hana, 765 Haywood Rd. Stay in with your sashimi and try Sushi Hana. You can order online and the location off the Haywood Road exit on I-385 makes it easy to grab on your commute home.
Drink up Tsunami, 106 E. North St. An underrated element of the sushi experience? The booze. Tsunami keeps the drinks flowing with the Daniel-San (Japanese whiskey served straight up with Green Tea King cube) + Sakitinis (think: sake martini).
Celebrate with sushi Sushi Murasaki, 2 S. Main St.Sushi Murasaki will maki the moment special with its picture-perfect sushi catering. Roll out the sushi platter for your next party.Go fish-less Purple International Bistro & Sushi, 933 S.Main St.Believe it or not, vegetarian and vegan sushi is out there, and it’s delicious. (Technically the name “sushi” just refers to the rice part.) Try out Purple International Bistro & Sushi’s vegetable rolls including the kanpyo maki + seaweed crunch rolls.
Bonus: branch out Ginza Cafe, 1760 Woodruff Rd., Suite 200 Maybe you’re looking to get out of your sushi-rut and try other types of Japanese cuisine. In that case, give Ginza Cafe’s hibachi, poke bowls, ramen, bento boxes + a variety of boba tea in addition to its 25+ sushi rolls a try.