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In South Carolina, Can You Be Charged If You Shoot Someone in Self-Defense?

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South Carolina is a "stand-your-ground" state, but people who use lethal force in self-defense may still face criminal charges. As a result, the answer to the question, "Can you be charged if you shoot someone in self-defense in South Carolina?" is yes.

At Matt Bodman, P.A., we have years of experience fighting for the rights and protecting the freedom of people accused of crimes in South Carolina. We know how the system works. Here's what you need to know about self-defense in South Carolina.

(Note: Every case is unique. These circumstances may not apply to your case if you have been charged with a crime. Contact us for a free consultation to learn more about how the law applies to your specific situation.)

When can you legally "stand your ground"?

In South Carolina, if you reasonably feel that you or another person is in immediate danger of death, serious bodily harm, or sexual assault, you have the right to use deadly force in self-defense. State laws that help protect your right to use methods of lethal self-defense include "stand your ground" and the "castle doctrine."

These two generally safeguard your right to prevent injury to others and yourself.

For instance, if you are not doing anything illegal and you are attacked in any place where you have a right to be, you have the right to stand your ground and use force, including deadly force, to defend yourself.

You can use force if you reasonably believe that it is necessary to prevent death or great bodily injury to yourself or another person or to prevent the commission of a violent crime.

Potential charges

Some victims who use self-defense face charges that may be difficult to overcome. If you shoot someone in self-defense, you will most likely be arrested, detained, and charged with a crime while the police continue investigating the incident.

Depending on the circumstances, potential criminal charges stemming from a case involving self-defense include:

  • Assault or aggravated assault.
  • Manslaughter.
  • Murder or homicide.

Talk to a criminal defense lawyer about your options

Even if you acted in self-defense, proving that you were justified in using force and should not be penalized can be difficult. That's why it is crucial for individuals who have used a gun in self-defense to consult an attorney as soon as possible.

A criminal defense lawyer can assess the specific circumstances of your case, gather evidence, and build a strong defense strategy to protect your rights and ensure a fair legal outcome.

Attorney Matt Bodman is an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer in Columbia, South Carolina. With a strong background in criminal law, including trying numerous cases as an Assistant Solicitor, he has a proven track record of success.

As the sole attorney at his practice, Matt Bodman personally handles every aspect of each case. His detail-oriented approach ensures a thorough understanding of clients' situations, allowing him to develop effective legal strategies tailored to their unique needs.

Don't navigate the complex legal process alone—seek the guidance and expertise of a knowledgeable attorney to advocate for your self-defense rights. Contact Matt Bodman, P.A., today for a free consultation.

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