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Law Office of Grant B. Smaldone

Criminal Defense Lawyer in Charleston, SC

Attorney Grant B. Smaldone is a trial lawyer focused on criminal defense in state and federal courts in Charleston, SC, and Eastern South Carolina.

Grant takes criminal defense and your freedom seriously. He is a member of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (SCACDL) and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). He is a former prosecutor, a former public defender, and he has a proven track record of acquittals and dismissals in criminal cases ranging from traffic violations to murder prosecutions.

Grant accepts state and federal criminal defense cases in Charleston County, Dorchester County, Georgetown County, Horry County, and the surrounding areas in Eastern South Carolina.

If you’ve been charged with a crime in the Charleston, SC area, call at (843) 808-2100 or fill out our online contact form to set up a free consultation to discuss your case.

Charleston Criminal Defense Blog

Criminal Defense Lawyer in Charleston, SC
when does double jeopardy apply

When Does Double Jeopardy Apply? Does an Acquittal for Larceny Bar a Retrial for Burglary?

In State v. Henley, the SC Court of Appeals found that the defendant’s acquittal for larceny did not prevent his retrial for burglary when there was a hung jury on the burglary count at his first trial. If the jurors at the first trial heard the evidence and found that he was not guilty of ...


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Prosecutorial Misconduct: Murder Conviction Reversed Where Prosecutor Tells Jurors Defense Lawyer’s Job is to Manipulate the Truth and Confuse Jurors

In Fortune v. State, the SC Supreme Court reversed a Chesterfield County murder conviction based on prosecutorial misconduct… (look! A unicorn!) Congratulations to Elizabeth Franklin-Best who represented Fortune and presented his case to the SC Supreme Court. It’s a big deal because trial judges, appellate courts, and disciplinary counsel in SC routinely and regularly 1) ...


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How Does the Sex Offender Registry Work in SC?

How does the sex offender registry work in SC? People who are convicted of a sex offense in SC must register with their local sheriff to have their information included on SC’s sex offender registry – a public, searchable database that includes the person’s name, address, photograph, physical description including scars and tattoos, and even ...


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Can the Summary Court Order a Competency Evaluation?

Can the summary court order a competency evaluation? This question has stumped magistrates, prosecutors, and defense lawyers for as long as I’ve been practicing law. It seems basic that a court cannot try or punish a defendant for an alleged crime if the defendant is mentally ill to the point that they don’t understand the ...


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