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DETENTION HEARING

In South Carolina there is a separate court system for juveniles. One is considered a juvenile defendant if he or she is under the age of seventeen (17). Our juvenile court system is very different from the adult system.

Juveniles do not have a constitutional right to a bond hearing. Once a child is taken into the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), a Detention Hearing must be held within forty-eight (48) hours. The Detention Hearing is a combination of a Bond Hearing and a Preliminary Hearing regarding the facts of the case. There is a very limited time to prepare for these Hearings. We gather the Petition, police reports, interview the client at DJJ, speak with parents and guardians and discuss with the Juvenile Prosecutor their intentions regarding detention. When appropriate, we will explore the alternatives to detention, such as home confinement or a treatment facility. We will also discuss with DJJ staff their recommendations for the child. Please contact our office immediately so that we may begin investigating your child’s matter. Often times with the input of the parents, we can craft a specific plan that will guide the juvenile into a treatment plan they may have previously resisted.

Trials in the juvenile court system are called adjudications and are non-jury. The overriding purpose of the juvenile system is to rehabilitate youthful offenders and give them the structure needed to be successful. A juvenile’s record may be sealed or destroyed depending on the type of charge. Once sealed, the minor’s records may not be opened for inspection unless ordered by the court. If a juvenile is interested in the military, it is important to note that upon application to the service, the service branch will request a Form Five (5) which allows them to view a juvenile’s criminal record before deciding whether or not to accept that individual into that branch of the armed forces. There are several ways to defend the case, and if appropriate, can include diversionary programs offering a second chance. Programs such as Pre-Trial Diversion (PTD), community service, paying restitution, and counseling, once successfully completed, will result in the charges being dismissed.

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There are several ways to defend the case. Make an intelligent and informed choice of an experienced criminal defense attorney.

An Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney

Please contact the criminal defense team at Peter David Brown, P.A. Peter David Brown, a Citadel Graduate, was the Senior Staff Attorney at the Charleston County Public Defender’s Office before he opened the Law Office of Peter David Brown, P.A. Peter has been representing criminal defendants, juvenile and adult, since 1988. Mr. Brown has worked with adolescents in the juvenile court system and can help you minimize the impact of your child’s arrest. We take the “team approach” and often involve professional counselors, or work with treating counselors, in an attempt to resolve some of the underlying issues that might exist.

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14:57 01 Nov 19
Exceptional experience with Peter David Brown Law office. I was always kept in the loop and was never once worried or concerned about the outcome of my case. They really did handle everything for me, and I will be forever greatful! Thanks again!
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Chuck Jarman
12:34 15 Sep 19
I have known Peter for a number of years. He has provide several of my family member and myself legal advise. He is very knowledgeable and has an outstanding understanding of the law. I would highly recommend him to anyone desiring legal counsel.
Cheryl Hair
Cheryl Hair
23:41 13 Sep 19
We have had extremely great service from Peter Brown's Law Office. Peter's entire staff gives you the personal service, that you do not get from any other firm. Peter personally has paid attention to every problem that we have hired his firm for. Peter Brown's Law Office has never overcharged us for any of the things that we have retained him to handle. We have had other Law firms look over our cases, but wanted an astronomical fee. This firm will fight for you, get things done for you in a timely manner and not over charge you for their services. There is no flashy commercials, telling you to dial 9999999, 7777777, or 8888888. This firm is straight forward, no silly gimmicks, jumping over cars, or dropping numbers from the sky!! I would not want to do business with silly gimmicky law firms. We would highly recommend that you trust the Law Office of Peter Brown, for all of your legal matters. You will be pleased with the fees, easy payment plan and the results of your case. This why we recommend Peter Brown's Law Firm to all of our family and friends.
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joann jarman
22:54 13 Sep 19
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Shannon Hutto
Shannon Hutto
17:27 08 Aug 19
Pete and Denise are two of the most GENUINE, HONEST, & AMAZING people you could ask for! They are straight forward and they both genuinly care about your situation. I knew the moment I met both I would be in good hands! Thank you both for all of your hard work and dedication! It really has been great to have y'all navigate the case for myself and family!
Rose Cummings
Rose Cummings
12:43 16 May 19
I have used The Law Office of Peter Brown for all of my legal needs throughout the years for a number of reasons. I appreciate their always- friendly staff, the time they take to hear my case, look into it thoroughly, and I have always received the best outcome. The peace of mind is irreplaceable. There is always someone there to receive a message or call, and that means a lot to me. I have referred family and friends here alike, and the reputation of excellence continues. I would recommend this law office to anyone looking for a no-nonsense, thorough, friendly team that will cover your needs from A-Z.
C Williams
C Williams
19:49 01 May 19
Peter Brown is an established and well-respected attorney in Charleston County. He has an extensive working relationship with law enforcement, colleagues in the legal field and the judicial community. Pete and his paralegals are always ready and willing to help in any way possible. He truly listens to his client’s needs and fights hard in their defense. I highly recommend Pete to anyone in need of legal services.
TNT Liberty
TNT Liberty
13:12 01 May 19
My family and I have had the pleasure and fortune to be witness to the breadth of knowledge and legal expertise of Peter David Brown since our arrival to the greater Charleston, South Carolina area roughy a decade ago. Peter is an extremely active, community-minded attorney who happens to be one of the most brilliant legal minds of his generation. Time and again, his reputation as a mentor, advocate, and counselor would reveal themselves both in his work and philanthropy. With over 30 years of experience Peter David Brown has a remarkable ability to explain the legal process in a manner that can be understood by a layperson. His legal training and expertise are so readily evident in his interactions with other lawyers, paralegals, courtroom staff and clients. Peter and his legal team have proved invaluable to me whether it was as an advisor when I was starting my own business, handling the affairs of my will, or simply adjudicating a traffic infraction for one of my family members. As I would become more familiar with his legal prowess, it became readily apparent that this man was heavily sought after for both his keen ability in the courtroom, as well as his wisdom and insight as a trusted advisor and forward thinker. This should come as no surprise since he completed his undergraduate at the Citadel and earned his Law degree from Emory University. He treats his clients’ cases with the utmost respect and dignity, whether he is handling a worker’s compensation case, a D.W.I., or a complex homicide. For potential clients seeking legal representation, I highly recommend The Law Office of Peter David Brown. In my estimation, they are the only law firm to call when legal counsel is needed.
Luke Ballam
Luke Ballam
21:38 08 Apr 19
Peter Brown law firm was one of the best. They were always on time, answered all questions and I always felt that I had not a thing to worry about. He was here when we needed him. I would recommend him to anyone. I have used a few different lawyers over the years and he was by far the best of the best not a question in my mind. Thank you Peter for all of your great help
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