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Attempted murder replaced the offense of “assault and battery with intent to kill” in SC.
Attempted murder is when a person attempts to kill another person with malice aforethought, either expressed or implied. Except for the death of the victim, for a jury to convict a defendant, every element of murder must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
By statute, assault and battery high and aggravated and assault and battery 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree are lesser included offenses of attempted murder, which means the charge can be reduced by the prosecutor, or a jury could find a defendant guilty of one of the lesser charges at trial.
Attempted murder carries up to 30 years in prison – the sentence cannot be suspended, and the court cannot put a defendant on probation.SC Attempted Murder Defense Attorney in Columbia, Lexington, and Myrtle Beach
Lacey Thompson focuses her law practice exclusively on criminal defense cases in SC courts, including murder, attempted murder, and assault charges.
Charged with attempted murder in South Carolina? Call the Thompson & Hiller Defense Firm now at (843) 444-6122 or contact us online to set up a free consultation about your case.