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When you are charged with a crime or are involved in an accident, it can seem like the world is crashing down around you. Between the threat of incarceration and the chance of financial loss, these foreboding situations often feel overwhelming. Friends and family cut ties, your employer threatens termination, and life seems hopeless. It is imperative to have a fighter on your side during these trying times: one that will stick with you through thick and thin, without any judgments.

Welcome to the Law Office of Richard Waring: where defending your rights and freedoms is paramount in securing your future.

Richard implements a powerfully simple yet effective model for all his clients’ cases:

  • The Relentless Pursuit of a Positive Outcome
  • The Use of Creative Problem-Solving Tactics
  • Excellent Communication

When you are ready to fight back against the allegations against you, it is time to call the Law Office of Richard Waring – a criminal defense attorney on Hanahan, SC, with the knowledge, experience, and drive to defend you during your most difficult time.

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From Prosecution to Protecting Your Rights in Hanahan

Richard Waring began his commitment to community service years ago. As a young man, he would spend his summers volunteering his time to help needy communities.

As an adult, his desire to help others manifested itself while I served as a prosecutor for "close to 10 years."?. During this time, he would take part in some of the most difficult trials in the Lowcountry’s history. He prosecuted thousands of individuals for crimes such as assault and battery, armed robbery, drug crimes, DUI, financial crimes, and even murder.
His time as a prosecutor was priceless, giving him valuable insight and knowledge into the inner workings of Hanahan’s legal system. Today, Richard uses that experience to vigorously defend good, hardworking men and women whose freedoms are only one judgment away from disappearing.
Whether you made a mistake and need a second chance or have been wrongfully accused of a crime, you need a professional who has put in time on both sides. At the Law Office of Richard Waring, you can rest easy knowing this former prosecutor will fight tooth and nail for your freedom.

Criminal Defense

When you are charged with a crime, it can become a horrible experience. The range of emotions one goes through can be taxing: embarrassment, humiliation, regret, sadness, despair. The domino effect that often happens when charged with a crime can be awful, as well: loss of job, abandonment by your family or significant other, dirty looks from those in your community.

Fortunately, a criminal defense attorney in Hanahan, SC, can help restore your reputation and repair your life. In times of legal crises, your friends and family may cut ties, but Richard Waring will be on your side from the time you call his office to the time your case is resolved.

Having prosecuted thousands of cases in South Carolina, Richard has a set of skills and experiences; assets that have guided him to win criminal cases against the government. Richard truly knows the criminal justice system’s ins and outs and is dedicated to fighting for his clients to achieve the best possible outcome on their criminal cases.

While some cases result in a positive outcome quickly, others must go to trial. Much like a combat athlete trains for months, hones his or her skills, and goes to war with an opponent, Richard Waring has prepared for and battled it out in many high-profile trials.

When you trust the Law Office of Richard Waring, you can rest assured that you are in capable hands. Each of our criminal defense clients receives the following when entrusting Richard Waring as their criminal defense lawyer in Hanahan:

  • Vigorous representation
  • Quick response to emails and phone calls
  • Compassionate, understanding treatment
  • You will never be treated as unimportant or second-rate
  • Thorough investigation for your case
  • All of your constitutional rights, including the right to a fair trial, upheld
  • Notifications of important updates

The following are common cases that Richard Waring can handle for you:

  • Misdemeanor DUI/DWI
  • Felony DUI/DWI
  • Violent Crimes including: Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature, Assault and Battery, Attempted Murder, and Murder
  • Strong Armed Robbery
  • Armed Robbery
  • Drug Crimes
  • Manufacturing of Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Heroin, Crack, or Cocaine
  • Distribution of Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Heroin, Crack, or Cocaine
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Heroin, Crack, or Cocaine
  • Gun crimes including: pointing or present a firearm, possession of a pistol with obliterated serial numbers, possession of a stolen pistol
  • Restoration of Your Gun Rights
  • Trespassing
  • Larceny and Burglary
  • Property Crimes
  • Domestic Violence
  • Shoplifting
  • Financial Crimes including: Forgery, financial transaction card theft, fake IDs, breach of trust, obtaining goods by false pretenses
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Minor in Possession of Alcohol
  • Traffic Crimes including: driving without a license, speeding, reckless or careless driving
Criminal Defense
Importance Of Your Criminal Defense Attorney In Hanahan, SC

Importance Of Your Criminal Defense Attorney In Hanahan, SC

There are several key players in the criminal justice system, each with its own roles. The prosecutor is tasked with enforcing laws and convicting offenders. The judge serves as an unbiased decision-maker. The criminal defense attorney’s role is to protect the rights of the individual who is charged with a crime – a vitally important role in the criminal justice world.

Having a proactive, experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side almost always improves your chance of a positive outcome. While their primary role is to defend your rights and protect you from excessive sentences, they have many other duties.

When you entrust Richard Waring as your defense advocate, he will fight to protect your rights throughout the case by:

  • Arguing in court to reduce how much you must pay to post bail
  • Being present during police interrogations and interviews
  • Discovering and applying potent legal defenses
  • Advising you on your decision to plead guilty, not guilty, or to go to trial (if applicable)
  • Explaining the implications of pleading guilty
  • Gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses relating to the allegations against you
  • Meticulously examining the circumstance surrounding your search and arrest (if applicable) to uncover Fourth Amendment violations
  • Meticulously examining any drug or DUI-related chemical tests to ensure accuracy and uncover errors
  • Representing you during scheduled hearings
  • Representing you during a jury trial
  • Working with the prosecutor to discuss plea deals or the possibility of a reduced sentence
  • If convicted, representing you during the sentencing phase and arguing on your behalf for a fair sentence

Knowing Your Rights

As a defendant, you have important rights. Some of the rights that Richard Waring will fight to protect on your behalf are:

  • The right to a speedy trial
  • The right to remain silent
  • The right against unreasonable seizures and searches
  • The right against unreasonable searches and seizures
  • The right against cruel and unusual punishment
  • In most cases, the right to a jury trial
  • The right of innocence until proven guilty
  • The right to legal representation

While United States law does not mandate that a defense attorney be assigned to a defendant, the prosecutor must uphold your right to legal representation. If you cannot afford an attorney in Hanahan, the government must supply you with a public defender.

While United States law does not mandate that a defense attorney be assigned to a defendant, the prosecutor must uphold your right to legal representation. If you cannot afford an attorney in Hanahan, the government must supply you with a public defender.

Knowing Your Rights
Knowing Your Rights

Criminal Case Timeline In Hanahan, SC

If you or a member of your family is facing criminal charges in Hanahan, there is no doubt that you are anxious about the road ahead. You are not alone – most of our criminal defense clients worry about the uncertainties surrounding the legal process and what is next in their case.

At the Law Office of Richard Waring, we empathize with this stress, and as such, make every effort to address anxiety-inducing questions like:

  • How long will it take for my case to be resolved?
  • What type of sentence is common for the crime in which I am being accused?
  • Will the prosecutor offer me a favorable plea deal?

We cannot answer these questions in detail until we have time to review your case and speak with you one-on-one. Until that time, this high-level view of Hanahan’s criminal case timeline can offer some insight into what lies ahead.

Arrest And Investigation

Arrest and Investigation

This is the first step in the criminal case timeline. During this time, police officer(s) will investigate the potential crime at hand and arrest whomever the officer(s) believes to be responsible. At this point, the person in question is considered a Defendant.

Initial Bond Setting

Initial Bond Setting

Shortly after the arrest (typically within the same day), defendants are granted an initial bond hearing. This short proceeding determines whether a defendant will be released from jail while charges are pending. It is wise to hire a criminal defense lawyer in Hanahan, SC, before this hearing so that they may argue on your behalf.

Preliminary Hearing

Preliminary Hearing

The purpose of the preliminary hearing is to determine whether or not there is sufficient evidence (or probable cause) for the case to carry on. Defendants must request this hearing within 20 days of their initial bond setting. Hearings typically commence within three to six weeks. It is especially important that defendants retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney at this stage.

Initial Appearance

Initial Appearance

The main purpose of this court date is to determine if the defendant has hired an attorney or will need a public defender appointed to them. If you have an attorney before this hearing, defendants are not required to be present. The initial appearance typically happens 45 days after the arrest.

Plea Offers

Plea Offers

n some cases, the State may offer a plea offer to the defendant. If the defendant accepts this deal, a hearing will be scheduled to finalize the defendant’s acceptance. If the defendant pleads guilty, they are typically sentenced on the spot. If the defendant rejects the plea, he or she may have to go before the judge to ensure they understand the consequences of rejecting a plea offer.

Discovery

Discovery

Under Rule 5 of the South Carolina Rules of Criminal Procedure, the defendant will receive all evidence that will be used against them. As your criminal defense attorneys in Hanahan, we will submit a written request to the court to obtain this information. It may take the State weeks or months to turn over their evidence, especially if that evidence is new.

Indictment

Indictment

The first barrier for the State to prosecute takes place during the preliminary hearing. The second occurs during the indictment phase. In general terms, an indictment is a document that details the criminal charges which the defendant must face. Each crime listed on the indictment is called a “count.” During this phase, the State will gather a “grand jury” comprised of public citizens. This jury is presented with evidence to help them approve or disapprove of the charges contained in the indictment. If the indictment is approved, the defendant’s case will proceed to trial. If it is rejected, charges are usually dropped.

Trial

During the trial, both the defense and prosecution will present evidence to a jury, who will hand down a final verdict. The prosecutor’s job during the trial is to convince the jury, beyond any reasonable doubt, that the defendant is guilty. The defendant is under no obligation to prove anything. As an experienced criminal defense lawyer and former prosecutor, Richard Waring will work hard to convince the jury of his client’s innocence while pointing out holes in the prosecution’s case.

Typically, a trial in Hanahan includes the following phases:

  • Jury Selection
  • Pre-Trial Motions
  • Opening Statements
  • The State’s Case
  • Directed Verdict
  • The Defense’s Case
  • The State’s Rebuttal
  • Closing Arguments
  • Jury Instructions and Deliberation
  • Verdict and Sentencing

Latest News in Hanahan

Residents are frustrated as trains continue to block roads in Hanahan

HANAHAN, S.C. (WCBD) – Hanahan residents are still frustrated over trains that continue to block area roadways for hours at a time.One train was seen blocking Hanahan Road for hours Wednesday morning, and before that, Hanahan town administrator Mike Cochran told News 2 a train sat blocking roads for more than 20 hours straight recently.The road the trains are blocking is a major thor...

HANAHAN, S.C. (WCBD) – Hanahan residents are still frustrated over trains that continue to block area roadways for hours at a time.

One train was seen blocking Hanahan Road for hours Wednesday morning, and before that, Hanahan town administrator Mike Cochran told News 2 a train sat blocking roads for more than 20 hours straight recently.

The road the trains are blocking is a major thoroughfare for people driving to and from Rivers Avenue and Hanahan.

“We’ve got about 7,000 cars a day that cross the tracks right here, and in the last several months, we’ve had multiple instances where the tracks just get blocked by a parked train,” said Cochran.

Drivers are forced to add additional time to their commute; it also slows emergency responses.

“From the city’s perspective, if you’re trying to get an ambulance through the city, you’re crossing here in order to get over to the hospitals,” he explained.

Technically, blocking the road is illegal according to more-than-100-year-old state laws. But the fine is only $5 to $20, and it is difficult to enforce.

“We have contacted CSX and spoke with them on several occasions, and they’re aware of it, but it really is frustrating for our residents and frustrating for everybody involved,” said Cochran. “Last week, it sat there for over 30 hours.”

Cochran said he has a plan that may give residents a way to know when a train is stopped in the area. The county owns the library at the corner of Murray Drive and Highland Park Road. He’s asked about placing a camera there.

“I said is there a way that we could put a camera, or the county put a camera, on the library? If they were to put a camera on that library and point it toward the tracks, we would have a constant feed of exactly what the status of the tracks are.”

The video would also be streamed online.

“We’ll have that ability to push that information out, so while it’s not a perfect solution, it will at least allow an option because right now the only way you know if the tracks are blocked it’s the drive to them.”

News 2 reached out to CSX to see if they have any plans to change their policy of blocking trains for hours at a time. We are waiting to hear back.

When life threw this Hanahan basketball coach a curveball, he spun it to help others

HANANHAN, S..C. (WCIV) — Everybody has a story.Shooting the basketball game for ABC News 4 last night at Hanahan High School, it was like any other night, any other game.I saw assistant coach Cameron Evans coaching, but my curiosity got the best of me. I’m sure glad I asked, and learned a bit more about this man. His players are learning a w...

HANANHAN, S..C. (WCIV) — Everybody has a story.

Shooting the basketball game for ABC News 4 last night at Hanahan High School, it was like any other night, any other game.

I saw assistant coach Cameron Evans coaching, but my curiosity got the best of me. I’m sure glad I asked, and learned a bit more about this man. His players are learning a whole lot more than basketball from him.

Every person, on every sideline has a reason. You have to. Success hinges on it.

For Cameron Evans, it’s pretty simple.

"This is something that I want to do for the long run, I want to be a state champion, I want to be a head varsity coach, I want to see how far I can go," he said.

Cameron Evans has taken every step to do so. But he’s done it all, without actually taking a step.

A car accident on December 3rd of 2005 changed everything.

Out for a ride before Christmas break with his college football teammates at North Greenville High School and he says "the guy who was driving was speeding a little too much, went around a curve, flipped our car—I was on the passenger side, I flew out of the front windshield and hit a tree."

Immediately taken to the hospital, he was in a coma for several weeks. His family had no idea what things would look like if, and when he woke up.

“Doctors told me I hit a tree, broke my back. At 18 you think you know the whole world, but you really don't. It hit me hard, went down a bad path, dropped out of school, threw my life away and it took me a while to finally get it back together. That's why I'm humble. On sideline, I'm loud, because I love it. At that time, I lost everything-- I had to learn how to get everything back," he said.

He was a three sport HS athlete at Blue Ridge High School in the Upstate. He was a sports junkie. An athlete. A student.

He just couldn’t put it all together, until one chance happening.

He was at the Wal-Mart in Walterboro doing grocery shopping when he bumped into the head basketball coach at USC Salkehatchie. Corey Hendren was a young, excited basketball coach and the two began chatting.

One thing led to the next, and Hendren invited Evans to practice and a game. The rest, history.

Evans caught the coaching bug and has been doing it ever since. With stops at Goose Creek, Travelers Rest and now Hanahan.

"I knew a lot about the game, had to find a way to transition that into helping teach people about it, I may not be able to show them every step and detail, that's why I explain it to make it easier for my players. I want them to see me as a normal person first, but also want them to see me as 'this guy doesn't let any obstacle stop me from following a dream,'" he said.

"Doing something because there are a lot of people in the world today that will let one thing happen to them and they will stop. I can wake up every day and do this and be happy and that's what life is all about," he continued.

With that attitude, if they listen, their playbook for the future- a win-win.

Berkeley County wrestlers win 8 classes in Parker Invitational

The Skip Parker Invitational tournament presented area grapplers with a chance to test themselves in a bracket format at Fort Dorchester High School on Jan. 8.Wrestlers vied for titles in 14 weight classes while also earning points for their respective teams.Hanahan was the team winner, compiling 147 points to edge runner-up Socastee by five and a half points. The host team placed third with 123 points, followed by Bishop England and Cross to round out the top five.The tournament honors former Fort Dorchester coach Skip ...

The Skip Parker Invitational tournament presented area grapplers with a chance to test themselves in a bracket format at Fort Dorchester High School on Jan. 8.

Wrestlers vied for titles in 14 weight classes while also earning points for their respective teams.

Hanahan was the team winner, compiling 147 points to edge runner-up Socastee by five and a half points. The host team placed third with 123 points, followed by Bishop England and Cross to round out the top five.

The tournament honors former Fort Dorchester coach Skip Parker, who lost a long battle with cancer in the summer of 2020 not long before his 50th birthday. Parker was also a former wrestler and football player at Summerville.

Parker served in the U.S. Marine Corps and volunteered time to several causes including Toys for Tots and Community Clean Up.

Wrestlers from the Berkeley County School District found the top of the podium in eight weight classes.

Cross led the BCSD in individual winners: Cameron White (145), Antwain Hoskins (152) and Amonte McCray (285).

Hanahan and Berkeley won a pair of weight classes. Gavin Qualls (132) and Kevin Rivera (220) rose to the challenge for the Hawks. Luke Gadsden (182) and Storm Judy (195) captured crowns for Berkeley.

Philip Simmons’ Dustin McDonnell finished first at 120.

The Hawks also snagged five runner-up finishes.

Team scores

Hanahan 147, Socastee 141.5, Fort Dorchester 123, Bishop England 103.5, Cross 92, Philip Simmons 86, South Florence 63.5, Berkeley 54.

Individual

Weight Class – Winner, Runner-up, Third

106 – Richard Springs (FD), Carson Port (S), Alex Watson (PS).

113 – Nathan Gates (FD), Alex Weslanski (H), Jimmy Chambers (PS).

120 – Dustin McDonnell (PS), Wilson Dotter (H), Caleb Wilson (FD).

126 – Camren Knapper (S), Sam Cherichello (BE), Jacob March (C).

132 – Gavin Qualls (H), Holden Teufel (BE), AJ McClanahan (PS).

138 – Edwin Barros (S), Joshua Shomate (SF), Cayman MacIver (BE).

145 – Cameron White (C), Ethan Jones (H), Conner Maxwell (S).

152 – Antwain Hoskins (C), Dixon Hardy (BE), Frederic Brown (FD).

160 – Omari Taylor (S), Thomas Curl (BE), Jeremiah Mitchell (SF).

170 – Arber Lekanki (S), Sloan Casteel (H), Isaac Schimpf (PS).

182 – Luke Gadsden (B), Trokel Prew (SF), Will Denard (H).

195 – Storm Judy (B), Jonathon Tumbri (H), Zane Prioleau (FD).

220 – Kevon Rivera (H), Jaylen Morris (FD), Cole Prieditisch (BE).

285 – Amonte McCray (C), Landon Whitlock (FD), Brandon Arronis (B).

Leaders break ground on new 53-acre park in Hanahan

HANAHAN, S.C. (WCBD) – A new multi-use park is being constructed in Hanahan. It comes after more than 75% of voters approved a bond referendum for the project back in November.The brand new 53-acre park is located next to Bowen’s Corner Elementary and will serve several purposes in the Hanahan community.“We are just so excited about this new park,” said Hanahan Mayor Christie Rainwater. “When the federal government partnered with us and donated the land, it had to be used for parks and rec. It was ...

HANAHAN, S.C. (WCBD) – A new multi-use park is being constructed in Hanahan. It comes after more than 75% of voters approved a bond referendum for the project back in November.

The brand new 53-acre park is located next to Bowen’s Corner Elementary and will serve several purposes in the Hanahan community.

“We are just so excited about this new park,” said Hanahan Mayor Christie Rainwater. “When the federal government partnered with us and donated the land, it had to be used for parks and rec. It was exactly what the city of Hanahan needed.”

The last time Hanahan opened new ballfields there were only 13,700 people in the town. Now, about 29,000 call Hanahan home.

“There will be tennis courts, an artificial turf field, ballfields, a dog park, fishing pond, picnic spaces – you name it,” said Mayor Rainwater. “Everything that you would love to see in a park will be here.”

The project will cost more than $11 million. The Berkeley County School District agreed to pay nearly $1 million for artificial turf on a field so that it could be used as a practice field.

“We will partner with them to make sure they now have the things they need to play their sports,” the mayor said.

Berkeley County Supervisor Johnny Cribb said Hanahan has been working on the project for some time, even during the full ten years he was town administrator.

“It’s critical because it’s a quality-of-life project,” he said. “If you’re going to be a vibrant city, a vibrant community, people are looking for parks and recreation- do you want to draw in young families, do you want to be able to keep the families that you’ve drawn in?”

Bryce Florie grew up in Hanahan and has coached kids in the area, He said this is a great project.

“Just the way the community has grown and the need for it- it’s so important and the way the city came together… it’s a good place for everyone,” he said.

Mayor Rainwater hopes to have the park finished a year from now. The park has not yet been named.

Charleston Southern softball set to crank up Feb. 11

Charleston Southern’s softball team, guided by coach Christi Musser, has released its 2022 spring slate.The Buccaneers, who finished 11-24 overall and 6-15 in Big South games last year, host a pair of tournaments the first two weekends of the season next month.Charleston Southern returns six of its top nine hitters and two pitchers from the 2021 squad. Included in that group are a couple of former Hanahan standouts – senior shortstop Ashley Meckley and junior catcher Ashlyn Cribb. Meckley paced the Bucs in home runs...

Charleston Southern’s softball team, guided by coach Christi Musser, has released its 2022 spring slate.

The Buccaneers, who finished 11-24 overall and 6-15 in Big South games last year, host a pair of tournaments the first two weekends of the season next month.

Charleston Southern returns six of its top nine hitters and two pitchers from the 2021 squad. Included in that group are a couple of former Hanahan standouts – senior shortstop Ashley Meckley and junior catcher Ashlyn Cribb. Meckley paced the Bucs in home runs (10), doubles (6), RBIs (20) and walks (19) last spring.

CSU has 28 home games on its schedule.

Musser’s club will take on Toledo three times and UNC Wilmington twice in the CSU Kickoff Tournament Feb. 11-13.

The Buccaneers host the Buc Up Tournament Feb. 18-20 and will tangle with Sacred Heart twice. At least one more school will compete in the event, but it hasn’t been finalized.

The opening month of the campaign finishes with another tournament. The Buccaneers head to Lynchburg, Va., to compete in the Liberty Softball Classic on Feb. 25-27. CSU will encounter Appalachian State and Maine on the first day and George Washington and the host team the next day. The Buccaneers cap the event on the last day with a second matchup against Appalachian State.

The Buccaneers open the second month with a doubleheader at South Carolina on March 2 before welcoming Mercer to town for another non-conference series March 5-6.

Conference play, featuring three-game series, opens March 11-12 at home against Campbell before the Bucs step outside the Big South for two games at Coastal Carolina on March 15.

CSU concludes March with a pair of conference clashes, March 18-19 at home against Longwood and March 25-26 at Gardner-Webb.

In April, Charleston Southern will take on five more conference opponents, including two at home. CSU hosts Presbyterian (April 1-2) and North Carolina A&T (April 22-23) while hitting the road for Winthrop (April 9-10), USC Upstate (April 15-16) and Radford (April 29-30).

Outside conference play in April, Georgia Southern (April 6) and Furman (April 12) visit CSU for doubleheaders. The Buccaneers travel to Mount Pleasant for a doubleheader against the College of Charleston (April 20).

In May, CSU plays one last conference series to conclude the regular season when it heads to Hampton (May 6-7).

The Big South tournament is slated for May 11-14 at Longwood in Farmville, Va.

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