Getting charged with a crime in Marietta 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 Marietta, 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 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 Marietta, 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 Marietta criminal defense because we provide:
Choosing the right criminal defense lawyer in Marietta 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 Marietta 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 Marietta 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 Marietta, 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 Marietta 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 Marietta, 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 Marietta 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.
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 Marietta 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 Marietta, 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 Marietta, all of which affect drivers in some way. Our Marietta 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 call CDH Law Firm today for the highest-quality Traffic Violation representation in Marietta.
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 Marietta 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 Marietta, 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 Marietta. 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 Marietta 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 Marietta, SC, have the tools, experience, and strategy to win your case, as we have with so many others. Don't lose hope call our office today and maintain your freedom tomorrow.
MARIETTA, S.C. —Sandy Glenn lost her husband, Mark Guion, to a sudden heart attack in December 2018.He wanted to be buried in a green cemetery, where the land is allowed to stay in its natural state.So he was buried at Saluda Rest, a natural burial site and ministry in Marietta, South Carolina.Glenn tells WYFF News 4 she wants to visit his grave, but after a court order served last week she can't."His Facebook says that he (Saluda Rest) is still open all the time, which is what w...
MARIETTA, S.C. —
Sandy Glenn lost her husband, Mark Guion, to a sudden heart attack in December 2018.
He wanted to be buried in a green cemetery, where the land is allowed to stay in its natural state.
So he was buried at Saluda Rest, a natural burial site and ministry in Marietta, South Carolina.
Glenn tells WYFF News 4 she wants to visit his grave, but after a court order served last week she can't.
"His Facebook says that he (Saluda Rest) is still open all the time, which is what we were told originally, but when we got there he had posted notices that it was for family only and that it would be open February 29th...which if you realize that's a leap day. It happens once every four years,” said Glenn.
A report from the Greenville County Sheriff's Office shows that in June, there was a dispute between Glenn and Kenneth Curtis, the owner of Saluda Rest. That report details that Glenn wanted to visit the grave, and that Curtis said she had damaged his property twice when she drove through the site before.
The investigators' report reads that, while there was some displaced gravel, deputies couldn’t prove that this was malicious in any way.
In July, a court awarded $100.00 in damages to Curtis for the muddiness caused when Glenn drove through the non-profit cemetery to visit her husband's grave.
Glenn tells WYFF4 Curtis spread horse manure on the graves, and she says that while families are kept from going to the graves of their loved ones, hunters are welcome at the cemetery.
In court paperwork, Curtis admitted to dumping horse manure on Glenn's husband's grave against her wishes -- the record shows that he agreed to stop.
"We're an all-natural burial facility,” Curtis said, “What miss Glenn calls 'horse manure' is compost, we put compost on all the graves when we finish them so that grass will grow. It's got seed in it, and it grows a beautiful cover crop so the earth doesn't erode."
Curtis took a WYFF News 4 crew to see the grave - there didn't appear to be fertilizer of any kind on it.
Curtis tells WYFF4’s Renée Wunderlich he does allow hunters on the land, and that's one of the reasons he has a gate and requests visiting families to either have him let them in, or gives them an access code to a special lock on the gate.
A court order show that Glenn is entitled to access Saluda Rest to visit Mark's burial site, and that Curtis had to establish and post standard visitation hours.
So he did: February 29th.
But one the rules he established says that, if any one wishes to be exempt from the policies, they can call him.
"She (Glenn) has access, there's no problem with her having access - there's a problem with the way that she is demanding access. This is private property. This is not a business, this is not public lands, this is private property,” Curtis said.
Curtis told WYFF4's Renée Wunderlich that because Saluda Rest is a church, a non-profit cemetery, a family cemetery and a nature preserve, the natural burial site is exempt from South Carolina Cemetery Board regulations.
Glenn told Wunderlich she's concerned other families may be restricted from paying their respects, and that she just wants to be able to visit her husband's final resting place.
"My goal is peaceful access to the cemetery. To be able to go and visit, and maintain the site without being harassed and know when it's going to be open,” said Glenn.
Curtis told Wunderlich none of the thirty-some families he's served through burials at Saluda Rest since around 2006 have had any issues, and that just wants an apology from Glenn.
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. —The Slater-Marietta Fire Department is in the process of an expansion along Highway 11 in the northern part of Greenville County.Last week, leaders broke ground on the property near Pleasant Ridge County Park. In 9 months, the property will be a station with space for four response vehicles.Right now, the department operates out of a small building in that area with only one response vehicle.The idea to build the station was formed more than 10 years ago. But it wasn...
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. —
The Slater-Marietta Fire Department is in the process of an expansion along Highway 11 in the northern part of Greenville County.
Last week, leaders broke ground on the property near Pleasant Ridge County Park. In 9 months, the property will be a station with space for four response vehicles.
Right now, the department operates out of a small building in that area with only one response vehicle.
The idea to build the station was formed more than 10 years ago. But it wasn't possible until the community opted in 2021 for a referendum for a general obligation bond to fund it.
"That station will serve our northernmost part of our district and it will also be an asset to our neighboring departments, River Falls Fire Department, Glassy Mountain Fire Department (and) Tigerville Fire Department," said Slater-Marietta Chief Adam Brown.
Brown said the area is seeing residential growth. He also said that there has been a 200% increase in call volume over the last 10 years.
On top of that, Brown said, most calls in that area are handled by the headquarters location off Geer Highway.
"It's about five miles from here so that's going to delay your response," he said. "The plan is to eventually be able to staff that station and provide a quicker response to the calls in that area and a better service to the community in the northernmost part of our district."
Greenville County Councilman Joe Dill said it's needed since growth is on the way in that area.
"Those people in that area will have good protection and if they'll man it and keep people there, this'll be great," said Dill.
Brown said the new station wouldn't be possible without the community supporting the referendum.
"Ultimately, they've supported us through this process, and we have a lot of work to do but we're making a lot of progress and we're really happy with progress and we look forward to continuing that," he said.
The referendum will also fund renovations to the headquarters station off Geer Highway.
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The Slater-Marietta Fire Department will no longer provide fire and rescue services to its neighboring River Falls Fire Service Area after Dec. 15, according to a news release from ...
The Slater-Marietta Fire Department will no longer provide fire and rescue services to its neighboring River Falls Fire Service Area after Dec. 15, according to a news release from Slater-Marietta Fire Chief Adam Brown.
Brown said the decision stemmed from a disproportionate amount of calls coming from River Calls combined with a lack of tax revenue creating a lack of funding in the area.
"The Slater-Marietta Fire District and its elected Commissioners owe their highest duty to the 10,000 citizens and residents of the Slater-Marietta Fire District," Brown wrote in his statement.
According to the release, a significant portion of funds paid by Slater-Marietta taxpayers were being diverted to calls for service coming from River Falls.
"We're essentially robbing Peter to pay Paul," Brown told the Greenville News.
Much of the land in the River Falls Fire Service Area is owned by non-taxable entities, according to Brown's release, diminishing revenue for the River Falls Fire Service Area.
Brown said River Falls has its own fire department with two fire stations, but there just is not enough funding for the department to be self-sufficient.
"They're doing the best they can with what they have," Brown said of River Falls firefighters. "The issue is not personnel, it’s a lack of funding."
Bob Mihalic, a spokesperson for Greenville County, said the county is exploring many different options for funding the River Falls Fire Service Area.
- Tim Carlin covers county government, growth and development for The Greenville News. Follow him on Twitter @timcarlin_, and get in touch with him at TCarlin@gannett.com. You can support his work by subscribing to The Greenville News at greenvillenews.com/subscribe.
SLATER-MARIETTA, S.C. —Two friends have enrolled in an online effort to help give back to the Slater-Marietta community.Jeremy Reyes created the Marietta Manners Facebook page about a year-and-a-half ago. He said its goal is to help raise awareness to community needs and provide a platform for local businesses."This little town, we’re forgotten a lot," said Reyes. "And there wasn&rsqu...
SLATER-MARIETTA, S.C. —
Two friends have enrolled in an online effort to help give back to the Slater-Marietta community.
Jeremy Reyes created the Marietta Manners Facebook page about a year-and-a-half ago. He said its goal is to help raise awareness to community needs and provide a platform for local businesses.
"This little town, we’re forgotten a lot," said Reyes. "And there wasn’t too many places that you could go to find that. So when we started doing it, it just made sense."
Timothy Sprouse was a member of the group early on. He and Jeremy now work closely together to grow the page.
"I kind of stepped in. I was like, 'hey, you need to do this or you need to do that,'" Sprouse recalled. "And (Reyes) was like, 'well, if you want it so bad, come help me.' So that’s what I did. I kind of helped him gain the page to what it is now."
Now with more than 4,000 members, the two use posts to gauge community needs, often setting up events to help people who could use food.
"This morning there were 10 people on there saying, 'I need this, and I need that,'" said Sprouse. "Not because they asked for it. It’s because we ask, 'If y’all could ever have anything that you need right now, what would it be?' You know?"
Last year, they decided to give away about 300 meals the weekend before Thanksgiving. Much of the food was donated.
The two are hoping to serve 600 people this year. Already, there have been no shortages of donations.
They said they're happy with how the page helps connect people and that it adds to an existing sense of community.
"That’s what shows on our page," said Sprouse. "People see other people helping and they wanna do it too."
"The biggest reward is just seeing people come out, having a good time and they talk about it for weeks afterwards," said Reyes.
This year's Thanksgiving meal will be held in the parking lot of the Hometown Food Store off Geer Highway in Marietta. It will start at noon.