Getting charged with a crime in Spartanburg 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 Spartanburg, 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 Spartanburg, 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 Spartanburg criminal defense because we provide:
Choosing the right criminal defense lawyer in Spartanburg 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 Spartanburg 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 Spartanburg 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 Spartanburg, 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 Spartanburg 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 Spartanburg, 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 Spartanburg 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 Spartanburg 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 Spartanburg, 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 Spartanburg, all of which affect drivers in some way. Our Spartanburg 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 Spartanburg.
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 Spartanburg 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 Spartanburg, 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 Spartanburg. 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 Spartanburg 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 Spartanburg, 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.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — Every summer the unmistakable sounds of Panthers training camp fill the air in Spartanburg. They signify the start of football- a sign the regular season is around the corner. But as iconic as the thump of pads and helmets may be, another sound found less than 2 miles away from Wofford’s campus may be better known. The lighthouse and arrow mark the main stay of the South Carolina town, The Beacon Drive-In.A place whe...
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — Every summer the unmistakable sounds of Panthers training camp fill the air in Spartanburg. They signify the start of football- a sign the regular season is around the corner. But as iconic as the thump of pads and helmets may be, another sound found less than 2 miles away from Wofford’s campus may be better known. The lighthouse and arrow mark the main stay of the South Carolina town, The Beacon Drive-In.
A place where as the world around it changes, they stay the same. A piece of history almost frozen in a time where orders were made fresh, cash registers still had buttons and weren’t just touch-screen tablets, and hospitality was the norm, not the exception.
Spartanburg native Steve Duncan has been an owner here since 1998, and, like most people, have childhood memories of the hometown spot.
“This was a major hangout. This was the place you cruised cars, you come through the parking lot and drive a half mile that way, turn around, come back through the parking lot, and people are sitting on their hoods. I mean, it was just a lot of fun,” Duncan said.
Snapshots of that can be seen on the timeline that Duncan put on display near the patio entrance detailing the legacy started by the beloved John White, who opened the Beacon in 1946.
“He was known for dancing on that cash register, just juking and jiving,” Duncan said.
It was White who would create their trademark ‘a-plenty’ offering stacking fries and their famous home-cut onions a mile high on any dish you want, but he also instilled a tradition of treating everyone like family.
“I mean, you come here with a group of guys, it was nothing to finish your meal, and boom, a big old banana split to hit your table,” Duncan said.
It’s that mindset that continues to make the Beacon a place focused on the community. Hand painted signs showcasing state championships from local schools are hung with pride, almost matching that of the pride the employees take in working here.
Some of them have been here more than 50 years. Tommy Lee Rice is one of those workers, who started working at the restaurant when he was just 10 years old. Rice recalling that he was too young to work inside, so he got a job picking up the trash outside.
“What keeps me coming back? The customers. I love waiting on people. I love talking to people. You come in my line I’m going to make you smile, I’m going to make you happy,” Duncan said.
That love has been felt by every single customer from politicians with big aspirations.
“Here’s President Bush before he got elected, he came in, ordered a cheeseburger a-plenty,” Duncan said. “Warren Abernathy was asked one time by someone running for office. Do you think it’s important for me to go buy the Beacon, Mr. Abernathy’s answer? Well, if you want to get elected.”
To expecting women, who swear getting a big old ‘a-plenty’ helps induce labor.
“This is the lady that actually her water broke on the parking lot, had the first baby of the New Year, and we called her up, bought her a, a year’s worth of diapers to celebrate with her,” Duncan said.
Of course, that love has also been felt by the Panthers. Luke Kuechly himself once even hopped behind the counter to help. And that’s why just like Tommy Lee Rice never wants to leave the Beacon, they hope Panthers won’t ever leave Spartanburg.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – Officials in Spartanburg unveiled what will be the new design for Morgan Square.The design was shown during a Spartanburg City Council meeting Monday afternoon.The design for the square has been in the works for over a year. City officials said a lot of the changes come from public feedback. There a...
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – Officials in Spartanburg unveiled what will be the new design for Morgan Square.
The design was shown during a Spartanburg City Council meeting Monday afternoon.
The design for the square has been in the works for over a year. City officials said a lot of the changes come from public feedback. There are still many steps to go, but the square is one step closer to having a different look.
“West Main will remain closed and Dunbar Street will be closed. The idea will be to brick those over and bring them up to the same level as the rest of Morgan Square,” said Chris George, with the city.
Plans for Morgan Square include a visitor kiosk with public restrooms, outdoor dining areas, a water feature, and space for festivals and performances.
“It’s a great milestone in the project that we want to share with you tonight, but it is a milestone. The design will continue, we have a lot of work to continue to do to work through the details, to make this the right fit,” said Darren Meyer, Principal for MKSK, the design firm.
“We know that not everybody will like every detail but we think we have a workable design for the future,” said Halsey Cook, CEO of Milliken and Company and chairman of the Morgan Square Redevelopment Committee.
Meyer presented the proposed plan which was made with multiple rounds of public input and meetings involving the Morgan Square Redevelopment Committee.
The group unveiled three potential designs for the square in April and since then have had multiple meetings with the community to get down to one design concept.
Drivers would still be able to drive between Magnolia Street and Spring Street through the western part of the square.
West Main Street through Morgan Square has been closed to vehicle traffic since May 2020. It was originally closed to accommodate outdoor seating for restaurants during the coronavirus pandemic.
City council voted to keep it closed while plans were made for the future of the square.
Handicap parking has already been moved adjacent to the square, but a few spots in front of the Starbucks will be taken away.
“I think that’s a total of 5 spaces we will be losing around the square, but we won’t be losing another parking, and we won’t be losing any handicap spaces either,” said George.
Some council members brought up concerns at Monday’s meeting about not having enough greenspace and the water feature being a potential safety concern.
Committee leaders said changes are still on the horizon for the layout.
“We wanted to make this square more inviting, more accessible, more welcoming, easy to get through, easy to move through, easy to understand, safe, legible,” said Meyer.
The goal is for the square to continue to be a place where people can gather.
“The pedestrian area of the square is going to grow substantially from the way folks will be able to see it, anyway, because the road space is going to become pedestrian space,” said George.
Next steps for the project include discussions about costs and funding for the project before work begins.
Designers said they will also continue to work with businesses and other stakeholders to make sure they are part of the process.
As Floridians along the Gulf Coast brace for a possible major hurricane this week, forecasters say the Upstate of South Carolina is not in Idalia's path.The Upstate can expect showers and breezy conditions Wednesday into Thursday morning as the storm moves from Florida to eastern South Carolina and then out to sea, according to Doug Outlaw, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service at the Greenville-Spartanburg Intern...
As Floridians along the Gulf Coast brace for a possible major hurricane this week, forecasters say the Upstate of South Carolina is not in Idalia's path.
The Upstate can expect showers and breezy conditions Wednesday into Thursday morning as the storm moves from Florida to eastern South Carolina and then out to sea, according to Doug Outlaw, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service at the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport.
"Impacts (to the Upstate) are going to be minimal," Outlaw said. "We're not expecting anything bad."
Monday morning, Idalia was still a tropical storm but expected to become a major hurricane. Hurricane watches are in effect along Florida's Gulf Coast, with landfall expected Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
A major hurricane is a Category 3, 4 or 5 storm or higher. A storm becomes a Category 3 hurricane when sustained wind speeds reach at least 111 mph.
'Rapid intensification':How Idalia could quickly become a major hurricane before landfall
Models take Idalia northeastward across northern Florida and southeast Georgia to near Charleston on the coast of South Carolina by early Thursday. It then turns eastward and out to sea later in the week.
Wednesday's forecast for the Upstate calls for a 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms with a high near 78.
Wednesday night, there is a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. In the meantime, showers and thunderstorms Monday and Tuesday in the Upstate are associated with a lingering front, not Idalia, Outlaw said. There is a 60% chance of showers and storms Monday, 80% Monday tonight, 60% Tuesday and 70% Tuesday night.
Outlaw said up to 2 inches of rainfall is possible in the Upstate on Wednesday before Idalia moves across southeastern South Carolina.
Sunshine returns Thursday, and Friday through Sunda. Highs will be in the 80s.
"I wouldn't recommend anyone going to the beach midweek, but this coming weekend is going to be real nice as the system moves out to sea and drier air moves in from the north," Outlaw said. "It will be a real nice Labor Day weekend."
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GREENVILLE, S.C. —The first weekend of Restaurant Week in Greenville and Spartanburg is the perfect time to eat out and try a new dining experience.Restaurant Week is really a 12-day opportunity for guests to get great food at a special price at participating restaurants and for chefs to show off their culinary skills.The annual foodie festivities, sponsored by the South Carolina Restaurant an...
GREENVILLE, S.C. —
The first weekend of Restaurant Week in Greenville and Spartanburg is the perfect time to eat out and try a new dining experience.
Restaurant Week is really a 12-day opportunity for guests to get great food at a special price at participating restaurants and for chefs to show off their culinary skills.
The annual foodie festivities, sponsored by the South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association, began Thursday, Aug. 24 and ends Monday, Sept. 3.
From casual settings to high-end dining experiences, participating restaurants will feature exciting new dishes, along with fan favorites and multi-course menus.
But Restaurant Week is about more than just incredible meals at an incredible value. It also supports community partners across the Upstate.
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Restaurant Week and Harvest Hope, South Carolina's largest food bank, are using the days-long event to eliminate hunger and food insecurity. Participating restaurants will donate a portion of all Restaurant Week proceeds to Harvest Hope.
By rescuing nutritious food donations from stores and distributing them to food pantries, shelters, and soup kitchens, Harvest Hope provides more than 20 million meals on average to neighbors in 20 counties across the state.
Harvest Hope also runs an emergency food pantry in Greenville where anyone in need can get a week’s supply of groceries for free.
Bring your appetites and your charitable hearts this weekend through Sept. 3, and get ready to say bon appétit.
SPARTANBURG, S.C (WSPA) – Multiple South Carolina groups have joined forces to provide the community with what opportunities in the EV workforce are coming to the Upstate.“Technology is rapidly changing,” said Rene Kelly, Clean Transportation Coordinator for the South Carolina Energy Office.“Every six months I am noticing huge changes and new technology and new applications, in the world of electric vehicles,” Kelly explained.What is also on the fast track is EV job opportunities in the Upst...
SPARTANBURG, S.C (WSPA) – Multiple South Carolina groups have joined forces to provide the community with what opportunities in the EV workforce are coming to the Upstate.
“Technology is rapidly changing,” said Rene Kelly, Clean Transportation Coordinator for the South Carolina Energy Office.
“Every six months I am noticing huge changes and new technology and new applications, in the world of electric vehicles,” Kelly explained.
What is also on the fast track is EV job opportunities in the Upstate.
“There have been several announcements throughout South Carolina that talk to additional jobs that are coming from regional equipment manufacturers who are designing electric vehicles in South Carolina,” Kelly said.
Additional jobs are also going to be included through one of the region’s biggest employers, BMW.
“We have BMW that’s expanding their plant to have electrical vehicles,” Toni Sutton, President of South Side Sankofa added.
To make sure that people know about these emerging opportunities, Palmetto Clean Fuels along with other partners were in Spartanburg to start the beginning of the conversation.
“For young folk and or people who are transitioning in their career, to see if there are electrical contractors out there that have been working in housing and then how to transition their skills over to electric vehicles,” Kelly said.
Many are hoping that the fast-growing community will be a part of a booming new industry.
“This community is so small, it started out as a mill town and was used to traditions we used to if it’s not broke don’t fix it, but technology is advancing, and we need to know about that and have that come into our community,” Sutton said.
“Because of the opportunities that are coming to Spartanburg as I said I really want folks within all of the communities especially those in the disadvantaged communities to understand what skills are needed and what opportunities are here,” Kelly said.
Palmetto Clean Fuels along with Proterra are providing a free virtual training that will cover an overview of battery electric buses on September 12th, 14th and 27th.