Getting charged with a crime in North Charleston 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 North Charleston, 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 North Charleston, 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 North Charleston criminal defense because we provide:
Choosing the right criminal defense lawyer in North Charleston 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 North Charleston 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 North Charleston 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 North Charleston, 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 North Charleston 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 North Charleston, 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 North Charleston 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 North Charleston 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 North Charleston, 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 North Charleston, all of which affect drivers in some way. Our North Charleston 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 North Charleston.
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 North Charleston 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 North Charleston, 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 North Charleston. 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 North Charleston 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 North Charleston, 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.
Vicki Gannon has been bowling at Sandpiper Lanes in North Charleston for more than 40 years.By the end of the month, she will have to find a new place to enjoy the pastime with friends.The 2.5-acre corner property at the heavily traveled Ashley Phosphate and Cross County roads intersection where the bowling alley has hosted countless tournaments for the past 45 years has been sold. Employees have been told the lanes will close by the end of May.The buyer of the property is Encore-Ashley Phosphate LLC of Sullivan’s ...
Vicki Gannon has been bowling at Sandpiper Lanes in North Charleston for more than 40 years.
By the end of the month, she will have to find a new place to enjoy the pastime with friends.
The 2.5-acre corner property at the heavily traveled Ashley Phosphate and Cross County roads intersection where the bowling alley has hosted countless tournaments for the past 45 years has been sold. Employees have been told the lanes will close by the end of May.
The buyer of the property is Encore-Ashley Phosphate LLC of Sullivan’s Island, an affiliate of Encore Real Estate Development of Tampa, Fla. The firm paid $3.1 million for the 32-lane bowling center in late March, according to Charleston County land records.
The previous owner was the family-operated CGC Recreation Inc. of Greenwood, which paid $1.25 million for the property in 2003.
An Encore representative did not immediately respond for comment about the purchase.
A site work permit application for a convenience store and gas station has been submitted to the city of North Charleston, city spokesman Ryan Johnson said.
Bowling center manager David Morga found it hard to digest when he first heard about the sale and looming closing of the longtime business.
“I was shocked,” Morga said. “They remodeled in 2017, and last year was one of the best years we ever had. This is definitely going to hurt the bowling world. Tournaments bring people from all over the state as well as North Carolina and Georgia.”
Gannon said she was saddened by the closing of the bowling alley, where senior leagues have played for many years.
“We have become like family,” she said.
Longtime bowler Michelle Eleazer Smith said she, too, was stunned to learn of the decision in April.
“The closure is so sad,” said Smith, who has been bowling since 1978 at Sandpiper Lanes. “There are not a ton of options if you play in a league or are a sanctioned player looking to play in a tournament.”
Smith said the bowling alley’s demise will leave three other venues in the Lowcountry for sanctioned players: Royal Lanes in Goose Creek, Ashley Lanes in West Ashley and Swamp Fox Lanes in Moncks Corner. Other public and private bowling sites are in the Charleston area, as well.
In a farewell nod to the longtime entertainment site, Morga said Sandpiper Lanes will throw a going- away party from 8 p.m. until midnight May 14.
NORTH CHARLESTON — Riverfront Park has become a popular event destination, from High Water to Charleston Wine + Food to the upcoming High Tide Festival.Joining the list is a new endeavor by Hootie & The Blowfish’s lead man and a country star in his own right, Darius Rucker.Rucker, who lives in the Lowcountry and is a three-time Grammy winner, has curated a new two-day music festival called Riverfront Revival at the North Charleston ...
NORTH CHARLESTON — Riverfront Park has become a popular event destination, from High Water to Charleston Wine + Food to the upcoming High Tide Festival.
Joining the list is a new endeavor by Hootie & The Blowfish’s lead man and a country star in his own right, Darius Rucker.
Rucker, who lives in the Lowcountry and is a three-time Grammy winner, has curated a new two-day music festival called Riverfront Revival at the North Charleston park. It will take place Oct. 8-9 and include 18 acts performing on two stages.
The festival is described as a “love letter to country music and to South Carolina’s Lowcountry.”
“Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Charleston,” shared Rucker in a statement. “For years now, I’ve had this bucket list dream of bringing together a bunch of friends to perform in a way that also showcases this incredible city and all it has to offer. I can’t wait to see it become a reality this fall — and I hope the fans are as excited as we are.”
The inaugural roster of the family-friendly festival features some local performers, along with touring acts who have played the Charleston area frequently and a few fresh faces. The genres represented by these artists include country, folk, funk, singer-songwriter, pop and rock.
The lineup includes:
Indie band Susto, rock group Blue Dogs, Citadel graduate and former “The Voice” contestant Mitchell Lee, and country singer Lauren Hall are among locals playing the festival.
And, of course, Rucker.
“Darius is a home-grown star with a genuine love for his state, making him an incredible ambassador for South Carolina,” Duane Parrish, director of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, said in a statement. “We are all looking forward to celebrating South Carolina’s Lowcountry and welcoming thousands of visitors to this one-of-kind music festival in October.”
The two-day festival will be loaded with live music, yet-to-be-announced cultural experiences engaging culture and food inspired by the region’s unique foodways, according to organizers at SRE Entertainment.
The daily schedules for the Riverfront Revival have not yet been released, but music will be performed from 1-11 p.m. daily.
General admission tickets start at an early bird price of $124.50, plus fees, before rising to $149.50 and then $174.50. VIP tickets, which include a special merchandise package, dedicated entrance lane, priority and up-close concert viewing, an exclusive lounge area, dedicated bar and premium restrooms, are $399.50, plus fees.
They will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. May 4 at riverfrontrevival.com.
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The City of North Charleston is nearing the completion of the Noisette Creek Pedestrian Bridge. When done, it will connect Riverfront Park on the old Navy base with Avenue B North and ultimately Park Circle about a mile away.North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey says completion of the bridge will kick off a new era of development in the area.“It’s a connector that brings both sides of the base together but it brings it together in a way that it can still be separate,” Summey said....
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The City of North Charleston is nearing the completion of the Noisette Creek Pedestrian Bridge. When done, it will connect Riverfront Park on the old Navy base with Avenue B North and ultimately Park Circle about a mile away.
North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey says completion of the bridge will kick off a new era of development in the area.
“It’s a connector that brings both sides of the base together but it brings it together in a way that it can still be separate,” Summey said. “That’s important because it gives us the capability to have different events and more events at the same time.”
On Wednesday, the city released a video showing the progress of construction nearing completion with much of the infrastructure in place and the iconic double rainbow arches in place.
Summey says there will be expanded areas in the middle of the bridge overlooking the water. He expects it to be completed by July.
“You could have a wedding in the middle of the bridge. You could have a birthday party and people could still walk through the middle, but the expansions are going to be wide enough to have small events over the water,” Summey said. “I think that’s a wonderful experience that nobody else has locally.”
Desiree Fasier lives in the area and was visiting Waterfront Park on Thursday.
She says the park is already a great place for the community gather but adding something like a pedestrian bridge wide enough for weddings would be perfect.
“I love seeing lovers, young and old,” Frasier said. “I think it [park] is highly accessible to a lot of places and that’s what people like. You see all types of people here from all socioeconomic realms and so that’s pleasing to me.”
The bridge is an $8 million project and represents a heavy investment into the old Navy base area. While the double rainbow arches of the bridge currently leads to a lot of vacant land, it’s land the city owns and plans to develop.
“We don’t know exactly what we are going to do. We could actually do a small theatre for small concerts right on the water and then have larger ones actually in the original park setting we developed,” Summey said, referencing Waterfront Park. “Our vision is to see all of this area developed in a cross section of whatever the market calls for but it will have waterfront. So we will have hotels, retails, restaurants, apartment complexes and things that will make this unique to the City of North Charleston.”
The bridge is the first piece of infrastructure to tie the two sides of the creek together.
Summey says it’s the city’s goal to transform the industrial area into a mixed-use development while giving the public access to the Cooper River.
See more on the project, along with renderings of the finished project here.
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Happy (almost) Cinco de Mayo, Charleston.The holiday honors Mexico’s victory over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The Second Franco-Mexican War didn’t end that day, but the battle became a symbol of resistance against foreign powers.If you’re celeb...
Happy (almost) Cinco de Mayo, Charleston.
The holiday honors Mexico’s victory over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The Second Franco-Mexican War didn’t end that day, but the battle became a symbol of resistance against foreign powers.
If you’re celebrating this year, here’s where to eat, drink, and dance in the Holy City — on Cinco de Mayo and through the weekend.
Cinco de Mayo Block Party at Mex 1 West Ashley | Thurs., May 5 | $10 in advance, $15 at the door | 5 p.m. | Mex 1 West Ashley, 817 St. Andrews Blvd. | Head over to this local spot to enjoy food tents, local vendors, outdoor bars, and live music from Charleston-based Midnight City Band.
Cinco de Mayo Parking Lot Party | Thurs., May 5 | Free | 4-9 p.m. | Jalisco Taqueria & Tequila, 1271 Folly Rd. | Experience a full-service taco tent, music, yard games, and a margarita bar offering $10 Patrón margaritas and $7 shots of Patrón — family and pet friendly.
Cinco de Mayo Party | Thurs., May 5 | Free | 5 p.m. | Dashi, 1262 Remount Rd., North Charleston | Grab $3 tacos, $5 house margaritas, $8 frozen jalapeno & mango margaritas, $2 jarritos, and $3 Modelo & Dos Equis before a late-night comedy show with Cam Bertrand, Jeremy McLellan & Dedrick Flynn.
Cinco de Mayo at The Basement | Thurs., May 5 | Free | 12 p.m. | The Basement, 1055 SC-41, Mt. Pleasant | Dig in at the free taco bar from 2-5 p.m., all-day drink specials including $5 house margaritas and $5 Espolón shots, and wrap up the evening with live music from 6-9 p.m.
Margarita at the Beach | Thurs., May 5 | $39+ | 6-8 p.m. | Painting with a Twist, 2511 N. Main St., Ste. B, Summerville | Celebrate the holiday by painting a 16×20 canvas or 17.5×17 wood plank board at this local studio.
SOL Southwest Kitchen | Thurs., May 5 | Free | All day | SOL Mt. Pleasant, 1101 Stockade Ln., Mt. Pleasant | Partake in a complimentary tequila tasting from 6-8 p.m., enjoy live music from Patrick Norris between 6-9 p.m., and celebrate with all-day specials.
Charleston Margarita & Mimosa Fest | Sat., May 7 | $24.99+ | Registration 12-2 p.m. | Share House, 23 Ann St. | Bar hop between Share House, Silver Dollar, The Brick, and Uptown Social from 12-6 p.m. with your wristband good for various drink specials at each venue.
Cinco de Mayo is about much more than delicious food and drinks — but the deals don’t hurt.
Cinco de Mesa | Snag a $5 Mesa Verde at your local Verde restaurant with the online promo code CINCO22.
$6 House Margaritas | Choose between coconut, pineapple, lime, mango, spicy, and signature margarita flavors at Pink Cactus for this hard-to-beat special.
Happy celebrating, Charleston. Let us know how you’ll be spending the day.
NORTH CHARLESTON — A decades-old deed restriction hinders the kinds of businesses, namely a grocery store, that can be included in a multimillion-dollar mixed-use project at Centre Pointe near the Tanger Outlets.Lenn Jewel is with RealtyLink, the firm developing the Uptown North Charleston project along International and Tanger Outlet Boulevards. The development calls for a Topgolf entertainment venue, a 300-unit apartment building, two hotels, two parking garages, a coffee shop, several restaurants and office space.Jewel...
NORTH CHARLESTON — A decades-old deed restriction hinders the kinds of businesses, namely a grocery store, that can be included in a multimillion-dollar mixed-use project at Centre Pointe near the Tanger Outlets.
Lenn Jewel is with RealtyLink, the firm developing the Uptown North Charleston project along International and Tanger Outlet Boulevards. The development calls for a Topgolf entertainment venue, a 300-unit apartment building, two hotels, two parking garages, a coffee shop, several restaurants and office space.
Jewel said at the April 11 North Charleston Planning Commission meeting that Walmart at Centre Pointe had a restriction put in place about two decades ago when the Centre Pointe area opened to limit a grocery store from being constructed nearby.
“They had a list of what they consider primary uses and that’s why there’s no gas station, there’s no grocery store, no drug store and no department store greater than 35,000 square feet unless it’s part of the original (plan) 20 years ago,” Jewel said.
Conversation about the grocery store restriction took place as the city’s Planning Commission recommended approval for rezoning 125 acres along International and Tanger Outlet Boulevards for the Uptown project from commercial redevelopment to planned development. City Council will make the final decision for the rezoning, which would pave the way for a number of variances needed for the project, given its density and height.
It was initially unclear as to whether the new zoning would also hinder the kinds of businesses that could be established at Uptown, including grocery stores, wholesale clubs, department stores, pharmacies, discount stores and gas stations. Jewel clarified by saying the prohibitions have nothing to do with the zoning of the properties, but rather with the agreement made when Centre Pointe was being planned decades ago.
Walmart’s grocery store restriction applies to several hundred acres of land near International and Tanger Outlet boulevards, including the 125 acres where developers are constructing the Uptown North Charleston project.
Walmart is about a mile from the the incoming Uptown development, serving as the site’s closest grocer.
Farther south, the city has tried to draw a supplier of food and fresh vegetables.
Much of the city’s southern end along Rivers Avenue has been federally designated as a “food desert” due to the lack of a grocery stores nearby. The city years ago tried to draw a store to the old Shipwatch Square Shopping Center, but those efforts fell through. Charleston County is currently building a social services building on part of the Shipwatch land.
Planning Commissioner Matt Brady was the only commissioner to inquire about the grocery store restriction during the meeting.
Brady said he wanted clarification about the prohibition because he understands the city has been working for years to attract a variety of grocers to North Charleston. Though Walmart might fill that void for the Centre Pointe area, a variety of stores is beneficial for residents throughout the city, Brady said.
A few miles east of the Uptown project is the Park Circle community, where Brady lives. He said there’s a desire in Park Circle for more healthy food options. Park Circle abuts Liberty Hill, a historically African American community that could also benefit from a grocery store in the area, Brady said.
“My neighbors all want access to a wider variety of full-service grocers,” he said.
Brady said the development of Uptown’s multifamily units, entertainment venues and commercial properties could possibly draw a supermarket to the area wherever one is allowed.
“I think with the growth coming from Park Circle and from Uptown, that eventually the market dynamics will shake out to where a grocer will want to locate somewhere in that area,” he said.
Mayor Keith Summey said a grocery store would be more ideal if it were located near Park Circle or on the southern end. He noted the small residential population in the Centre Pointe area.
“I think that is not a good location for a grocery store,” he said. The residential component in that area is minuscule.”
The Uptown development, which Jewel valued at over $200 million, gained traction last year when the Army Corps of Engineers gave approval to fill more than 20 acres of wetlands on the site and to offset the loss by acquiring 780 acres in Berkeley and Dorchester counties for mitigation.
In addition to addressing environmental concerns, engineers for the project said the plan also keeps in mind the need to address traffic along an often-congested commercial corridor that houses the city’s Coliseum and Performing Arts Center, and several hotels.
Uptown engineers performed a traffic study of the roads and intersections near the project, including International Boulevard, West Montague and the Interstate 526/International Boulevard ramps, said Reveer Group project manager and civil engineer West Mauney.
The project team recommended roadway improvements including a new signalized intersection off International Boulevard across from the coliseum, and a new road that connects Centre Pointe Drive and Tanger Outlet Boulevard, Mauney said.
“The traffic study concluded that the surrounding intersections will operate at an acceptable level of service as defined by the S.C. Department of Transportation,” he said.