Magistrate Court Offenses
Greenville, Anderson, and Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Surrounding Counties
At The White Davis & White Law Firm, we fight for the rights of the accused regardless of the type of case they have. We believe in the idea that everyone is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
The state of South Carolina has approximately 300 magistrates which to serve the county in which they are appointed. Each magistrate serves a four-year term and is appointed by the Governor, under advisement and consent of the Senate. They are required to pass a certification examination within the first year of their appointment. Magistrates are responsible for conducting preliminary hearings, setting bail amounts and issuing search and arrest warrants.
Magistrates have criminal trial jurisdiction over cases in which the maximum fine does not exceed $1,000 and/or the maximum term of imprisonment does not exceed 30 days.
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor crime in the Greenville, Anderson, or Spartanburg, South Carolina, area, please contact the Druanne White Law Firm for a free initial consultation.
Cases Handled In Magistrate Court
Magistrate courts have jurisdiction over specific types of criminal and civil cases.
General civil claims that are lower than $7,500 include:
- Contract claims
- Property damages
- Attachment of property for debts
They also handle claims without financial limits such as some landlord-tenant cases, confessions of judgment, some bonds and cases which involve personal property or rented property. Other typical cases heard by the magistrate court include:
- Fraudulent checks less than $1,000
- Public disorderly conduct
- DUI 1st offense and open container
- Shoplifting up to $1,000
- Assault and battery in the 3rd degree
- Breach of peace
- Petit larceny or larceny involving $2,000 or less
- Obtaining goods by false pretenses up to $2,000
- Receiving stolen goods up to $2,000
- Some driving under suspension offenses
What You Need to Do
If you are charged with a misdemeanor including but not limited to, DUI or other traffic offense, property crime, or criminal domestic violence, your ticket will have the court date for your appearance. Failure to appear may result in a guilty verdict. You may also be required to appear in magistrate court for lower offenses, even if you are facing additional charges that are more serious and will be heard in a higher court.
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or a more serious offense, you need the knowledge and skill of an attorney who also has the experience of defending clients charged with more serious crimes.
At The White Davis & White Law Firm, we represent clients in the Greenville, Anderson and Spartanburg, South Carolina, area, as well as surrounding counties. If you have been charged with any crime, please contact our firm today to schedule a free initial consultation and learn how we can serve you.