Conway, South Carolina, police are searching for two individuals they believe are responsible for an attempted robbery that ended in the homeowner being shot in the face. The victim claims that one of the suspects had a gun and shot him twice, once in the leg and once in the face. The suspects fled after the shooting. Police brought in bloodhounds to aid in the search and have a description of one of the suspects.
Violent crimes like this are likely to bring felony charges. Felony charges, especially for violent crimes, carry harsher penalties than other crimes. Under South Carolina law, violent criminal offenders must serve at least 85 percent of their sentence. Jail or prison sentences are likely to be longer, fines are greater and the permanent mark on people's record can scar their lives forever.
The severity of a violent crime conviction requires an accused to have a competent, experienced defense team. Only then can the accused be assured that the issue will result in dismissed charges, a decreased sentence or reduced charges.
A criminal conviction requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt which can be challenged in a couple of ways.
One way to do this presents itself in the recent Conway case. Here, a defense attorney would challenge the description of the suspect. In many instances, victims and witnesses of violent crimes are excited, stressed and scared. These circumstances can lead to false descriptions and, if an arrest is made, misidentifications.
No one should face severe punishment for a violent crime conviction because of mistakes made by faulty witnesses.
Challenges may also be brought against ballistics, fingerprints, DNA evidence and other witness testimony. Only when all elements of a crime have been fully established should the fullest punishment be handed down. This happens in very few cases.
Source: SCNOW.com, "Police: Conway man shot in face during robbery," Julie Roy, May 9, 2012Tags: Criminal defenseComments: Leave a commentNo CommentsLeave a commentComment InformationNamePlease enter your name.E-mail AddressPlease enter a valid e-mail address.WebsiteCommentCategoriesCriminal DefenseDrunk DrivingMisdemeanorsTheft And Property CrimesWhite Collar CrimesArchivesJuly 2012June 2012May 2012April 2012March 2012February 2012January 2012December 2011November 2011October 2011September 2011August 2011Complete Archives Recent Posts West Florence High vandalism could carry serious penalties Florence County man faces felony DUI charges Two South Carolina men charged in separate burglaries Two arrested in South Carolina and charged with murder Popular Topicsarrestedconvictioncriminal allegationscriminal chargescriminal defenseCriminal defenseCriminal Defensedefensedrug arrestsdrug chargesDrunk drivingdrunk drivingDUIdui chargesfield sobriety testsmisdemeanormisdemeanorsSouth Carolinasouth carolinatheftBlogroll Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Attorney Blog Phoenix Criminal Defense Attorney Blog Texas Drug Charge Attorney Blog
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