Lawmaker Gets New Court Date in Domestic Violence, Weapons Case

- Dmitry Gurovich

Last month, a South Carolina judge set new court dates in a case involving Rep. Chris Corley, who stands accused of a number of felony weapons and domestic violence charges.

Corley was charged after a Dec. 26 incident at his family home, where he allegedly beat his wife before pointing a gun at her in the presence of their three small children. In a January court appearance, a circuit court judge set a $50,000 bond against the lawmaker for criminal domestic violence of an aggravated nature.

Corley was also charged with pointing a weapon at a person, a charge that carries up to five years in prison. If he is found guilty on all charges, Corley faces up to 25 years in prison.

Under the terms of the bond, Corley is to have no contact with his children or his wife, unless the court issues an order allowing it. His wife was granted a temporary restraining order in connection with the case.

Domestic Violence Defense

Domestic violence is a catchall phrase that refers to violent acts, or threats of violence, that occur between two individuals of a close, often familial, relationship. This can involve people who are living together, married, or even just dating. In some cases, they may even share a child in common.

The truth is, anyone can become a victim or a perpetrator of domestic violence, regardless of sexual orientation. In some cases, these situations can involve serious injuries, especially in cases where a male has attacked a female. However, many cases also involve lesser acts of violence, such as pushing or slapping. In some situations, domestic violence may extend to children as well.

In many states, domestic violence is defined as a distinct crime. This means that someone can be charged with a form of domestic violence in addition to, or instead of, other crimes, such as assault and battery. Additionally, prosecutors will often push for harsher sentencing in domestic violence cases, supporting more jail time in cases where someone attacks a spouse or family member, rather than a stranger.

Have you been accused of a domestic violence offense? If so, it is important for you to retain experienced legal counsel as soon as possible. Only an attorney who is well versed in your state’s domestic violence laws can protect you and your rights, not just now, but in the future as well. Because these types of cases involve close relationships, they can often become complex, so it is important to find an attorney who can support you every step of the way.

Finding a Domestic Violence Defense Attorney

At Gurovich, Berk and Associates, we believe early intervention by skilled legal counsel is the key to a strong, proper defense. Our legal team is comprised of the finest defense attorneys, including those specializing in complex family law matters, like domestic violence.

Our attorneys will work with you to conduct an in-depth investigation into your domestic violence charges and can recommend the best possible strategy for you and your case.

Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your domestic violence charge, our firm can help. We have become known as a premier legal resource, not just in California, but across the country as well.

Do not delay – these types of charges are not to be taken lightly. Allow us work with you to build a strong, successful defense. To schedule your complimentary initial consultation with a member of our criminal defense team, contact the attorneys at Gurovich, Berk & Associates today at (213) 385-1555.