Getting charged with a crime in Mount Pleasant 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 Mount Pleasant, 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 Mount Pleasant, 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 Mount Pleasant criminal defense because we provide:
Choosing the right criminal defense lawyer in Mount Pleasant 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 Mount Pleasant 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 Mount Pleasant 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 Mount Pleasant, 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 Mount Pleasant 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 Mount Pleasant, 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 Mount Pleasant 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 Mount Pleasant 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 Mount Pleasant, 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 Mount Pleasant, all of which affect drivers in some way. Our Mount Pleasant 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 Mount Pleasant.
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 Mount Pleasant 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 Mount Pleasant, 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 Mount Pleasant. 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 Mount Pleasant 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 Mount Pleasant, 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.
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) — The Savannah Bananas Circus on dirt is quite well known at this point. It's been featured from coast to coast and well beyond that. They keep raising the bar. What will they think of next? This past weekend, a performance and pitch hit appearance by Backstreet Boys phenom Brian Littrell.In his six-year career, former Major Leaguer and Clemson Tigers standout Tyler Colvin saw a lot of pitchers. But he never saw one like the one he faced this weekend in Savannah.A Bananas weekend with a Backstr...
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) — The Savannah Bananas Circus on dirt is quite well known at this point. It's been featured from coast to coast and well beyond that. They keep raising the bar. What will they think of next? This past weekend, a performance and pitch hit appearance by Backstreet Boys phenom Brian Littrell.
In his six-year career, former Major Leaguer and Clemson Tigers standout Tyler Colvin saw a lot of pitchers. But he never saw one like the one he faced this weekend in Savannah.
A Bananas weekend with a Backstreet Boy for a Mt. Pleasant ballplayer (WCIV)
"He came out, rolled out in a barrel," Colvin said. "First pitch, he comes set- wiggles-- his oversized overalls plopped down to his ankles. That's how it started. I thought I'd strike out against him. I was 0-2 real quick and looking like a clown."
More often, these days, Colvin is raking his Mount Pleasant yard than raking fastballs. He impressed the MLB Players Alumni Association enough this summer in an "old man" homerun derby that he got the invite.
"They said 'hey,' you should probably come help us play against the Savannah Bananas," he said. "I don't know how you can turn that down. My kids never got to see me play. It was fun for them to see old dad out there in a uniform making a fool of himself, having a good time."
After a Radio City Rockette's type dance to start things off, it was baseball- sort of.
"I was all nervous about making an error or something- they were like- don't worry about it-- if you make an error, fall on the ground and do snow angels in the dirt or something," he added. "No boring times of the game. If a fan catches a foul ball, you are out -- keeps everybody in the game for all nine innings."
There is no way to turn away because Backstreet's back, alright? When Brian Littrell made his appearance, it was baseball and a bit of choreography.
"Bananas are doing their thing at home plate, and it's amazing," he said. "I was behind the pitcher's mound doing it not quite as good as Littrell, but it was fun. Of course, I know all the songs, no big deal. Definitely didn't learn the dances."
But this was more than a goofy baseball show for Colvin. He got to play baseball in front of his three kids.
"It was everything," he said. "Before the game. They have a parade, go through the parade, high-five everybody, do a dance. My wife came around with the kids. I was doing the Hey Baby dance, and I picked up my kids and did a spin with them. They got all these former big leaguers around that played for a long time. They could care less about them. They just wanted the bananas autographs."
And for his wife meeting a Backstreet Boy -- bliss.
"I think our wedding photo is going down, and that is going up," he said.
A new dining venue with ties to a principal of a planned downtown Charleston culinary venture and another Lowcountry restaurant is in the works for northern ...
Interior construction is underway on Migliori’s Restaurant at 1146 Muhlenbergia Drive in a three-space suite next to Results Physiotherapy off U.S. Highway 17 just north of S.C. Highway 41. The new business recently applied for its state license to sell alcoholic beverages.
Donald Migliori, an attorney with Motley Rice LLC, is the registered agent of the new restaurant.
“We look forward to opening this additional location ... in the beginning of 2024,” Migliori said.
Charleston County land records show Migliori bought the 0.85-acre parcel where the new restaurant is being built for $3.45 million in 2022.
Migliori also has a nearby 2,000-square-foot pizza restaurant at 1055 Highway 41, near a CVS drug store and Sonic Drive-In restaurant. The pizzeria will move to the new 6,000-square-foot site on Muhlenbergia Drive early next year, according to company spokesman Jared Black.
After the move, the existing restaurant will remain in operation but eventually be transformed into a new Italian concept by the middle of next year, Black said.
Additionally, Migliori is involved in the long-planned makeover of a former fine-dining site on the peninsula.
He is the listed agent for Pasta Beach Charleston LLC, which recently re-upped its application to sell booze at 492 King St., where the former 492 restaurant operated for four years until it closed in 2018.
Earlier in the summer, Migliori said work on the King Street site is still underway and an opening timeframe is several months away. Black said the focus is on the new Mount Pleasant venue for now and the downtown restaurant could open by mid-2024 “if everything comes together.”
A group of investors bought the two-story structure at the corner of Mary Street and other items including equipment in 2021 for $6.8 million through a firm called CasaMigs Realty LLC.
A small New England Italian restaurant chain with two locations in Rhode Island and one in Boston also operates under the name Pasta Beach. In 2022, operations director J. Eldredge Ropolo told The Boston Globe that the family-owned business was planning a new establishment in Charleston.
Black said Pasta Beach was the original name for the new downtown venue, but that’s no longer the case. He said the site will either open as an Italian venue under the Migliori umbrella or be leased for another restaurant operator.
Three new shops are coming to a Hanahan shopping center anchored by Piggly Wiggly supermarket.
An alcoholic beverage store and two vape suppliers recently leased space in Yeaman’s Hall Plaza on Yeamans Hall Road, according to the commercial real estate firm Coldwell Banker Commercial Atlantic.
James Pugh leased 900 square feet at 1286 Yeamans Hall Road for a liquor store while FX LLC leased 900 square feet at 1288 Yeamans Hall Road and 720 square feet at 1302 Yeamans Hall Road for vape shops.
A Florence-based memorial shop recently opened an outpost in Charleston.
Brown Memorials Factory Outlet can be found at 2413 Savannah Highway in West Ashley.
To mark the opening, the business is offering a discount up to 20 percent on headstones or columbariums through Sept. 16, according to company vice president Hal Wagner.
Brown Memorials has been serving the Pee Dee area for more than 115 years.
A longtime pet-goods retailer in Mount Pleasant has gone dark.
Indigo Creek Pet Supplies at 1314 Stuart Engals Blvd. closed in late August after a 27-year run. Owner Gregory Clark pointed to supply and staffing issues as the reason for closing, according to a report in The Moultrie News.
“It’s just gotten to the point where the other side of the business dealing with my distributors and manufacturers and trying to find employees is becoming too difficult and something that I don’t want to deal with, it’s becoming too stressful for me and I have been doing it for too long for it not to be fun,” Clark said.
A new vehicle-cleaning business is being built where a bank once operated in Summerville
Tommy’s Express Car Wash soon will take shape at 1319 N. Main St. in front of Walmart.
The new shop is being built by J. Musselman Construction Co. of Charleston, which filed a project commencement notice in Berkeley County on Aug. 28.
A Midvale, Utah, firm called Olympus Palms 3 LLC bought the 0.82-acre site in 2022 for $2.81 million, according to land records. A branch of First Citizens Bank once operated on the property.
Tommy’s announced last spring it would bring its first Lowcountry site to 3680 Ashley Phosphate Road in North Charleston.
Two other shops also are in the works. The company plans to open a car wash at 1509 Trolley Road in Summerville and on Tanger Outlet Boulevard in North Charleston, where a former Burger King was recently demolished.
Do you know a retail or restaurant business that is opening, closing, expanding or in the works? Reach Warren L. Wise at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @warrenlancewise.
A local business owner and longtime Mount Pleasant resident is pursuing an open seat on the Mount Pleasant Waterworks Commission this fall.Pete Loy enters a semi-crowded field of candidates for the open seat on the MPW Commission. Four other individuals filed for candidacy, including newcomer and energy strategist Ashton Raffety, local leader John Wright, former MPW General Manager Clay Duffie and 2015 Town Council candidate Julio Avendano.Loy started Citadel Enterprises, a remodeling company based in Mount Pleasant, in 1991. A...
A local business owner and longtime Mount Pleasant resident is pursuing an open seat on the Mount Pleasant Waterworks Commission this fall.
Pete Loy enters a semi-crowded field of candidates for the open seat on the MPW Commission. Four other individuals filed for candidacy, including newcomer and energy strategist Ashton Raffety, local leader John Wright, former MPW General Manager Clay Duffie and 2015 Town Council candidate Julio Avendano.
Loy started Citadel Enterprises, a remodeling company based in Mount Pleasant, in 1991. After over 30 years in the business, Loy said he feels that his company is at a place where he can take a step back and start focusing his energy on community involvement and running for an open seat on the Mount Pleasant Waterworks Commission felt right.
“As a successful business professional, I can bring a businessman’s perspective with fresh ideas,” he shared.
The Citadel Enterprises President graduated from the Citadel in 1987 and is a Bishop England High School alum. He shared some additional experience in conservation: he was a chairman for the East Cooper Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association of South Carolina, as well as a former State Director for the organization. Loy said that if elected, he would take a look at opportunities to be proactive in storms and weather events and look at ways to sustainably provide water and wastewater.
“Environment is a concern there because ... we have this phenomena of weather events, rising speeds. These weather events are happening more frequently,” Loy said. “It will only be a bigger challenge as time goes on, so we need to find ways to provide sustainable sources of water and wastewater.”
Loy also mentioned monitoring growth and development as it relates to the utility.
“Generally speaking, I want to be able to control it. I don’t want to shut it down, but it needs to be sustainable. It needs to be smart and it needs to pay for itself. We’re faced with sprawl and development and you don’t want to infringe on anybody’s property rights, but we just need to be smart about it.
If elected, Loy said he would prioritize taking time to listen, both to the other six members of the commission and MPW’s customer base. He also feels his experience as a successful business owner will help him focus on attracting qualified new hires.
Loy commended the work that MPW has already done in improving the water quality in the Town, and the effective collaboration between the current Board of Commissioners.
“They’ve worked well together. They get along. We’re very lucky to have (MPW General Manager) Allan Clum. He’s intelligent. He’s a collaborator. So that’s a good thing, so I would be walking into being set up for success,” Loy said.
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This streamlined Lowcountry home is set off Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant, SC. See how the family of 6 made it a perfect fit for them.Shrimp boats, kayaking outfitters, and lively bars and restaurants line the commercial side of Shem Creek, the gem of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina's Old Village Historic District. But north of the Shem Creek bridge, the waterway winds through quiet neighborhoods where children roam on bikes and go crabbing off backyard docks. "My husband dreamed of being on the water, and we fell in love with this...
This streamlined Lowcountry home is set off Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant, SC. See how the family of 6 made it a perfect fit for them.
Shrimp boats, kayaking outfitters, and lively bars and restaurants line the commercial side of Shem Creek, the gem of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina's Old Village Historic District. But north of the Shem Creek bridge, the waterway winds through quiet neighborhoods where children roam on bikes and go crabbing off backyard docks. "My husband dreamed of being on the water, and we fell in love with this lot. We're drawn to older areas where kids can run around," says owner Maggie Bullwinkel. She and husband George, a Charleston native, had two young children when they began renovating this 3,200-square-foot house that was built in the 1970s. Their third child was 9 months old when they moved in. Maggie refers to her then-infant sidekick as "my design assistant."
While the Bullwinkels had renovated and sold houses before, this one would be a keeper. "It had great bones. We loved the back porch and knew this could be our forever home," Maggie says. Working with architect Hunter Kennedy and designer Sidney Wagner, they spearheaded family-friendly changes to the four-bedroom abode that have definitely paid off. Today, the Bullwinkels have four kids under age 10 and plenty of yard, a great porch, and a frequently used outdoor kitchen to accommodate their active lifestyle.
"Overall, the footprint didn't change much," says Sidney, who squared off the kitchen to make it more functional. As the home's command center, it now opens up to a bright eating nook, which is one of Maggie's favorite spots. "Family dinners are a priority," she says. What was previously a formal dining room, adjacent to the kitchen, became the kids' playroom. They removed an attached garage to make way for a new mudroom/laundry area off the kitchen. "It's basically where I live," quips Maggie. They also elevated and enlarged the back porch to be a seamless open-air extension of the family room, ground zero for entertaining during Clemson University football season. "I love that we really do live in each space," Maggie says. "We use it all."
A monochrome kitchen keeps Maggie happy. "It helps to have a clean look in a busy room," she says. Streamlined light fixtures by Cedar & Moss and vintage Lucite barstools scooped up at a local antiques mall add to the airy feel in the room.
"With four kids, there is plenty of chaos," says Maggie. Namibia marble countertops and Benjamin Moore's Simply White (OC-117) paint make her kitchen a calming space. Plus, they allow the Hampton Faucet by Waterstone to shine as the statement piece.
Reorienting the kitchen to open into a family dining area was Maggie's top priority. Hunter bumped out the eating nook to add windows on all sides, inviting in sunlight and creek views. A mid-century modern table and slipcovered chairs keep lines simple, and Roost's whimsical light fixture "softens all the hard surfaces," says Sidney. The fabric used for the curtains (Katana by Kelly Wearstler) is also on the barstools, where it's laminated to be indestructible.
"We needed comfortable pieces that are easy to rearrange," says Sidney, who was mindful of not blocking the French doors that open to the porch. "I love how the vintage-reproduction chairs are movable and sculpturally interesting from whatever angle." A sofa slipcovered in Crypton fabric is ultrapractical, and bare windows keep things light and airy while connecting well with the porch, she says.
Sidney painted the porch floor in Benjamin Moore's Kennebunkport Green (HC-123), the same color that's used on the exterior trim, and added soothing blue accents to complement the surrounding outdoor hues. "We didn't want to distract from the view," she says. Wicker chairs from CB2 add natural texture, and a fun Annie Selke rug anchors the blue tones. Floor-to-ceiling screens and a vaulted ceiling help the porch feel cool in summer.
Two years after moving in, the Bullwinkels worked with architect Chris Heinlen of Heinlen Design to add a backyard shed with a full attic to supplement the home's limited storage. Adjacent to that, they created an outdoor kitchen and entertaining area. "This is our favorite spot for birthday parties, neighborhood suppers, or sometimes sunset sips after the kids have gone to bed," says Maggie. A metal roof, green trim, and white siding tie the shed to the main house.
"I love the playroom right off the kitchen. It's our cuddle area," says Maggie. A big barn door can be closed to contain toys and messes. Commissioned pieces by local artist Michelle Owenby add grown-up flair to the room, designed to one day transform into a family hangout space.
Maggie believes that tidiness is key, even in the playroom. Each child has (and uses!) a designated toy-and-book basket, and a rotating gallery helps solve the what-to-do-with-endless-kids'-art dilemma.
" 'Are you sure about going this showy?' my husband asked about the paint color, and I was—including covering the ceiling," says Maggie of the vibrant Benjamin Moore Slate Teal (2088-20) she chose for the laundry room. "I love how the boldness brings you in." Custom cabinets add extra pantry space.
Next to the laundry room, the bold color continues in the mudroom with an added touch of graphic wallpaper. Each kid has their own space for coats and bags in the blue storage wall.
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A fondue restaurant chain plans to expand into the Lowcountry.
Bob Johnston, CEO of The Melting Pot, said the Tampa, Fla.-based company is looking to add two locations in Charleston and Mount Pleasant. He cited the Palmetto State’s strong tourism industry as a key reason for the expansion plan.
The chain already has a presence in Columbia, Greenville and Myrtle Beach. It said it hopes to have 15 locations in South Carolina by 2025.
Liberty Senior Living wants to add more units to its South Bay continuing care facility, but it needs an amendment to a planned development because of Mount Pleasant’s moratorium on new multifamily buildings.
3: Number of new restaurants planning to open in the fall in an expanding Charleston-area shopping center.
65,000: Size of proposed new supermarket in a new retail development beside Freshfields Village between Kiawah and Seabrook islands.
2563: Address on Ashley River Road for a fast-food restaurant that recently turned out the lights.
+ More multifamily: A 110-unit townhome development is in the works for the Point Hope area of Charleston on the Cainhoy peninsula.
+ Doctor’s orders: A medical office building is being proposed in Point Hope.
+ Sliding sales: Charleston-area home sales slipped again in July for the 23rd consecutive month.
A social venue called Ocean Club is being proposed at the site of the former Sand Dunes Club property on Sullivan’s Island.
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