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T.O. Sanders

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Personal Injury & Criminal Defense Lawyer in Charleston

With an engineering degree from Clemson University (1989) and a law degree from the University of South Carolina (1992), T.O. Sanders is one of a select few attorneys in South Carolina with an engineering background. As a law clerk for the Honorable Charles W. Whetstone, Jr. in South Carolina’s First Circuit (1994-95), and as an assistant solicitor for Charleston County’s Ninth Judicial Circuit (1995-98), T.O. Sanders gained trial experience early in his legal career. Additionally, T.O. served honorably in the US Army Reserve and in the SC Army National Guard as a combat engineer, public affairs officer, and staff judge advocate (1992-2008).

Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubble, T.O. Sanders has handled a wide variety of civil and criminal cases in local, state and federal courts. Sometimes, scientific and mechanical expertise is required to understand certain legal issues, whether they be construction-related, exposure-related, or accident-related. As an engineer and a lawyer, T.O. Sanders is uniquely qualified to help you.

T.O. lives in West Ashley with his wife, two daughters and dog Genevieve.

Preeminent Martindale-Hibbell

Our goal is twofold:

  • To get the best outcome for you under the law.
  • To create value for you using our knowledge and experience.

Contact us for a free case review.

Sanders Law Firm, LLC (843) 573-8828

Sanders Law Firm, LLC represents clients in the Charleston, South Carolina area, including Barnwell County, Beaufort County, Berkeley County, Charleston County, Clarendon County, Colleton County, Dorchester County and Georgetown County.

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Understanding gang-related charges in California

California is a state that takes gang-related crime very seriously. Part of the concern with this is the laws surrounding possible gang activity deal mainly with consequences -- and not prevention. The laws do not really address why juveniles, or adults, get involved in gangs in the first place.

When it comes to gang violence, police and official action happen quickly. Take for example a Sanger New Year's Day incident. A 23-year-old was shot and killed inside of an apartment complex: A low-income complex for families in a neglected area of the city. The death sparked immediate action by the police chief, mayor, and a council member.

Hearing that gang members were living among the other tenants, representatives from the apartment complex immediately agreed to hire a security guard to watch the premises at night and put in security cameras. Five families living in the two-story, 45-unit complex also received eviction notices, after one of the owners claims they were associating with known gang members.

Looking at all sides of the story

Looking at this story, there is no way to deny the severity of the situation. A 23-year-old has passed away. When something like this happens, regardless of the cause, it's always sad. However, it is important to remember that there are two -- sometimes three -- sides to every story.

For example -- was the 23-year-old even in a gang? There is a big difference between police thinking someone is in a gang or somehow associated with a gang, versus actually being in a gang. And, if he was, why? That is the question that needs to be asked. Why would someone be in a gang? What is the appeal? Honest prevention measures mean getting to the route cause and working from there to make a change.

Unfortunately, this is not the way many officials and law enforcement look at gangs. Rather, their solutions involve charging juveniles as adults and enforcing strict and severe consequences, many times just trying to lock someone up for as long as possible.

Defense necessary with gang charges

At Schweitzer & Davidian, our attorneys have more than 25 years of experience defending against gang charges. We look at the whole story. Since we have so much experience, we know the tactics police use and the importance of building a case early on.

Gang-related charges are always serious. Even if you know you are innocent, do not just assume the prosecution will believe you. Rather, reach out to an attorney early on to make sure you have someone on your side.

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