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Criminal Defense

Charleston Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you have been charged with a crime in Charleston, or are under investigation, consult an experienced Charleston criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Attorney Ed Hawkins of The Hawkins Law Firm, P.A. aggressively defends South Carolina residents against criminal charges.

Criminal defense attorney Ed Hawkins has practiced in Charleston County, Berkeley County and Dorchester County for more than 20 years. He has represented people charged with domestic assaults, drug crimes, sexual assaults, violent crimes, DUI and more.

Many criminal charges carry the possibility of incarceration and/or heavy fines. The Hawkins Law Firm, P.A. works to aggressively protect your rights and ensure proper procedures were followed by the police. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you receive the best result possible.

South Carolina DUI Law Handled by a Skilled DWI DUI Attorney

A DUI may carry both civil and criminal sanctions. The criminal charge may result in jail time and/or fines. Lawyer Ed Hawkins will work, if possible, to have your charges dismissed or reduced to a lesser charge. The civil hearing may result in your loss of driving privileges. After being charged with a DUI, you have a limited time period to request a hearing to contest the license suspension. Your chances at such a hearing are improved by the presence of an experienced Dorchester County DWI DUI lawyer.

Experienced Litigator

Attorney Hawkins is an experienced litigator. If we cannot settle or divert your case, we can take your case to trial. He has successfully litigated murder cases, sexual assault cases, rape cases, child molestation charges, robbery allegations, drug possession charges, and other criminal charges.


If convicted of a crime, in some cases, you may be eligible to have your charges expunged from your record. We can file a petition with the judge and the solicitor to request your charges be expunged.

To find out more about your criminal charge, contact a criminal defense attorney at the Charleston, South Carolina, Hawkins Law Firm, P.A.