Criminal Defense


If you have been charged with a criminal misdemeanor or felony, you may need an experienced criminal defense attorney to defend you. Attorney Christopher Gibbs will investigate your case, review the State’s evidence and related records, and if necessary, seek out experts and investigators to build your strong defense. He will work diligently to protect your rights throughout the legal process.

State and federal courts often have independent procedures that must be followed in accordance with the type of case that is presented. South Carolina courts can differ greatly with what other states may do.


  • Alcohol Diversion Programs
  • Administrative Hearings
  • Bail or Bond Hearings
  • Drug Court
  • General Sessions Offenses
  • Jury Trials
  • Juvenile Criminal Defense
  • Magistrate & Municipal Court Offenses
  • Misdemeanors & Felonies
  • Non-Violent Offenses
  • Preliminary Hearings
  • Pre-Trial Intervention
  • Pre-Trial Motions
  • Probation Violations
  • Violent or Serious Offenses

The South Carolina Solicitor’s Office is the prosecuting agency for all criminal matters in Circuit Court, Family Court, and, sometimes Magistrate’s Court. The Circuit courts are divided into the Court of Common Pleas — for cases pertaining to civil matters; and the Court of General Sessions — for matters considered criminal in nature. The principal parties in these cases are the Solicitor representing the State and the defendant’s attorney. Depending on the nature of the offense, this judicial process generally requires the participation of law enforcement officers and may require the magistrate, a grand jury, the Department of Corrections, pretrial intervention program staff, and parole, probation and community corrections staff.

Criminal cases are prosecuted by the government, and General Sessions level offenses are prosecuted by the Circuit Solicitor’s office or the Attorney General. Municipal offenses are typically prosecuted by a city attorney, and magistrate court offenses are prosecuted by either the Solicitor’s office or the arresting officer – depending on the type of charges.

It is important to hire a skilled criminal defense attorney to guide you through the court processes and stand by your side throughout the case. Failure to meet deadlines and the failure to submit requests at the correct place and time could cause a defendant’s rights to be waived, or given up. Hiring The Gibbs Law Firm means that your case will be handled in a competent and professional manner.


  • Arson
  • Assault & Battery
  • Attempted Murder or Murder
  • Breaking & Entering or Burglary
  • Criminal Domestic Violence
  • Criminal Sexual Conduct
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • Driving with an Unlawful Alcohol Concentration (DUAC)
  • Drug Offenses
  • Possession of Stolen Goods
  • Shoplifting
  • Strong Arm Robbery or Armed Robbery
  • Unlawful Possession of a Gun
  • Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon

As your experienced criminal defense lawyer, Attorney Chris Gibbs will work hard so that your case is managed professionally and carefully. He understands how to effectively navigate the South Carolina criminal court system and he will stand up for you. If you have been arrested and alleged of committing a criminal offense, Contact Us right away.