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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.

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Alcohol Prohibition and the (Lack of) Separation of Church and State

While half of the country is moving towards common-sense legalization of marijuana, others are pushing for criminalization of alcohol. Legalization or criminalization? It comes down to your basic world-view. Are criminal laws a method for some of us to force our morals and religion on the rest of society, or are the criminal laws designed to protect us ...


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DUI Breath Tests and the Right Against Self-Incrimination

Why isn’t being forced to provide a breath sample a violation of the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination? It is in Georgia… last year, in Olevik v. State, the Georgia Supreme Court held that compelling a person to blow into a breathalyzer is a self-incriminating act that violates Georgia’s State Constitution. This week, in Elliott v. State, ...


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License Plate Readers, DNA Databases, a Camera on Every Corner, and a Microphone in Every Home

Our rights are being eroded and we don’t even know it,” Rutherford said. “Privacy, freedom, the things that are most important to Americans and South Carolinians. Two bills introduced in the SC legislature this year would ban or restrict law enforcement’s use of cell site simulators and automatic license plate readers. The bills probably will not ...


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Is Civil Asset Forfeiture Preventing the US from Implementing Evidence-Based Drug Policies?

The War on Drugs was a disaster from the start. Since the 1980s, government-funded studies have consistently found that our approach to drug policy was ineffective, and yet we are still putting drug users in jails and prisons. Why? We have plenty of evidence now – evidence that the United State’s approach of incarceration and ...


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