Fighting for you.
Criminal defense attorneys Lacey Thompson and Laura Hiller have dedicated their practice to representing those who have been accused of crimes across the state of South Carolina, with offices in Myrtle Beach and Columbia, S.C.
Lacey Thompson and Laura Hiller are members of the South Carolina Bar Association and the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
We only accept criminal defense cases.
We don’t “dabble” in criminal defense – it is what we do all day every day. By focusing exclusively on criminal defense cases in SC, we are constantly learning and improving our knowledge of SC criminal defense law, criminal investigations, and trial practice in SC’s criminal courts.
The Thompson & Hiller Defense Firm has obtained dismissals, pre-trial diversion resulting in dismissals, or acquittals following trial in hundreds of criminal cases, and we have a record of proven results.
Although no attorney can ethically guarantee you results, if your case is not dismissed or settled favorably, we will not hesitate to go to trial and fight for you. We have investigators and expert witnesses on call who will assist in investigating and preparing your case for trial.Criminal Defense Lawyers in Myrtle Beach, SC
Although we accept select cases statewide, our offices are located in Myrtle Beach and Columbia, SC.
Our attorneys have extensive experience with the courts, prosecutors, and law enforcement agencies in the Myrtle Beach area, including:
Our attorneys also have years of experience defending clients accused of crimes in the greater Columbia, SC area, including:
I can think of many reasons why you should retain an experienced criminal defense lawyer any time you are accused of a crime in SC. Perhaps the most important one is:
You don’t know what you don’t know.
You can represent yourself in a criminal case in SC, although it is not recommended. Why? Consider:
The criminal defense attorneys at the Thompson & Hiller Defense Firm have years of experience handling all types of criminal defense cases in SC state courts, ranging from speeding tickets to murder trials.
We have obtained dismissals and tried cases to juries in the magistrate courts, the municipal courts, and General Sessions Courts. Although it is not a complete list, you can find descriptions of the types of criminal defense charges we handle here, and you can find a list of selected case results here.The Police Want to Talk to Me – What Should I Do?
If the police want to talk to you, you should politely decline and immediately call our office. Although there are rare circumstances where it makes sense for you to speak to the police, you should never do it without the advice and presence of counsel.
If the police want to talk to you about a crime, there are three possible scenarios:
We get many of our clients’ cases dismissed or win acquittals at trial, whether they are charged with DUI in the magistrate court or violent crimes in General Sessions Court.
We cannot, however, tell you that we will get your case dismissed or guarantee you any sort of result. Every case is different, with different clients, different facts, different laws that may apply to those facts, different alleged victims, different law enforcement officers, different prosecutors, different juries…
Once we have met with you, investigated the facts of your case, and reviewed the evidence against you, we will give you an honest assessment of the possible outcomes in your case.How Much Does a Criminal Defense Lawyer in SC Cost?
Our fees are reasonable, but we are not the least expensive defense firm. Our fees reflect our experience and the work that goes into each case. In every criminal case, we charge a flat fee that is determined by:
We are determined to aggressively provide every client with the best defense that we can, and our goal is always to achieve the best possible outcome in your case, whether that means a dismissal of your charges, a favorable plea agreement through negotiations, or a not guilty verdict at trial.
We do not charge for initial consultations. If you call to set up an appointment at (843) 444-6122 or fill out our contact form online, we will speak with you and let you know what, if anything, we can do to help your situation and what the costs would be.