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Criminal Defense

Aggressive Oconee County lawyers fighting for your freedom

Each defense attorney at Stoudemire & Sprouse has experience as a city attorney handling misdemeanor crimes. With this background, we understand the tactics used by the District Attorney to prosecute accused people. We know how to successfully defend misdemeanors as well as felony charges. Our extensive trial experience gives you a good chance of a positive resolution of your criminal charges.

Strong defense for your criminal charges

As seasoned trial lawyers, we are comfortable handling your defense on almost any type of criminal charges. Our lawyers commonly defend people against accusations of crimes including:

  • Drug crimes
  • Assault
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Larceny
  • Domestic violence
  • Weapons crimes
  • Juvenile crimes

Most people who have been arrested are initially represented by a public defender. However, it is never too late in the process to begin working with Stoudemire & Sprouse on your criminal defense. We can give you an edge and improve your chances of beating your charges.

Minor charges heard in magistrates' court

Regardless of your charges, you will probably have your arraignment (bail hearing) at a magistrates' court. Your trial typically remains in that lower-level court if the potential penalty for the crime does not exceed:

  • A $500 fine
  • Imprisonment for 30 days

Examples of misdemeanor offenses heard in magistrates' court include:

  • Possession of marijuana
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Vandalism

There are three magistrates' courts in Oconee County, and we know each of them well:

  • Seneca — just five minutes from our office
  • Westminster — where both of our law partners have served as city attorney
  • Walhalla — where Scott Sprouse was a municipal judge and Julian Stoudemire was mayor

Our close ties to the municipal community help us get you a respectful reception in court.

Circuit court for major crimes

More serious crimes, including felonies, are tried in Oconee County's circuit court, or Court of General Session, in Walhalla — just 20 minutes from our office. There are three circuit court judges, and we know each of them personally from our years of local practice. The circuit court hears charges of major crimes such as:

  • Armed robbery
  • Aggravated assault
  • Auto theft

We fight vigorously at trial to defeat your criminal charges and win back your freedom.

Seek help from defense lawyers who know Oconee County

Our local attorneys give you an advantage at your criminal trial. To schedule a free consultation with a lawyer from Stoudemire & Sprouse, contact us online or call 864.973.4608.



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