Charleston Criminal Domestic Violence Attorney

If you have been charged with criminal domestic violence, you need an experienced attorney fighting for you. I am Ravi Sanyal, a former prosecutor with 14 years of experience in criminal defense.

In South Carolina, Criminal Domestic Violence is defined as physically harming or threatening to physically harm a household member.

Household member is defined as:

  • A spouse
  • A former spouse
  • Persons who have a child in common
  • A male and female who are cohabiting

Experienced South Carolina Lawyer for Domestic Abuse

The penalties if convicted for criminal domestic violence are as follows:

  • 1st offense (no prior criminal domestic violence conviction) is a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to 30 days in Jail and or a fine of up to 5k and/or up to 26 weeks of counseling (prosecuted in Magistrates Court)
  • 2nd offense (one prior criminal domestic violence conviction within the last 10 years) is a misdemeanor with a penalty of 30 days to up to 1 year and or a fine of up to 10k. (Prosecuted in General Sessions Court or Transfer Court)
  • 3rd Offense (two or more criminal domestic violence convictions in 10 years) is a felony with a penalty from 1 to 5 years. (Prosecuted in General Sessions Court)

Criminal Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Nature (CDVHAN) is a felony with a penalty from 1 year to 10 years.

It is defined as an assault and battery which involves the use of a deadly weapon or results in serious bodily injury to the victim


An assault with or without an accompanying battery which would reasonably cause a person to fear imminent serious bodily harm

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To schedule a free initial consultation with a Charleston criminal domestic violence attorney, call my office at 843-641-0347 or toll free at 888-576-4952. Or send an email using the form on this website. I can provide evening, weekend and off-site appointments upon request. I accept all major credit cards