In South Carolina, The Court of General Sessions handles both felony and misdemeanor criminal cases with penalties of more than 30 days of jail time and/or a $500 fine to those carrying life imprisonment, up to $250,000 in fines, or even the death penalty.
Although General Sessions does address misdemeanor cases, the majority involve felony charges that range from Class F offenses, such as stalking, second-offense drug possession or illegal conduct at elections, carrying a maximum of 5 years jail time escalating to Class A offenses, such as murder, kidnapping, or attempted murder, punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
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In the face of felony charges, convictions may carry serious and significant penalties with little to no possibility for criminal record expungement.
At Erin Bailey Law, our criminal defense attorneys have tried 20+ cases to verdict in General Sessions court on top of handling thousands of felony cases varying from second-offense drug possession or intent to distribute on up to murder charges.