Sexual Misconduct

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Sexual Misconduct Overview

Navigating the complexities of sexual misconduct laws in South Carolina requires guided legal advice . At Thompson and Hiller, we understand the gravity of such charges and are committed to providing robust legal defense. Whether you’re facing accusations of sexual assault, harassment, or other forms of misconduct, our experienced legal team is well-versed in South Carolina’s specific statutes and penalties. We offer tailored defense strategies aimed at protecting your rights and reputation, while seeking the most favorable legal outcome.

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Sexual Misconduct

Accused of sexual misconduct in South Carolina? Trust Thompson and Hiller for knowledgeable legal defense tailored to navigate the state’s complex laws and protect your rights.

Understanding Sexual Misconduct Laws in SC

In South Carolina, sexual misconduct encompasses a range of behaviors that involve non-consensual sexual activity. This can include sexual assault, sexual harassment, and other forms of unwanted sexual contact or behavior.

Types of Sexual Misconduct

Sexual Assault

Sexual assault refers to any forced or coerced sexual activity, including rape and attempted rape.

Example: Forcing someone into sexual intercourse without their consent falls under sexual assault.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment involves unwanted sexual advances, comments, or conduct that creates a hostile environment.

Example: Persistent, unwelcome comments about someone’s appearance or explicit material displayed in the workplace can be considered sexual harassment.

Indecent Exposure

Indecent exposure refers to the act of exposing one’s genitals in a public place without consent.

Example: Flashing or streaking in a public area falls under indecent exposure.


Stalking involves repeated, unwanted attention that causes the victim to feel threatened or unsafe.

Example: Following someone home from work every day and sending unsolicited messages can be considered stalking.

How Thompson and Hiller Can Help

If you’re facing charges related to sexual misconduct in South Carolina, it’s crucial to consult with experienced attorneys like Thompson and Hiller. We specialize in navigating the state’s complex sexual misconduct laws and offer aggressive legal defense tailored to your specific case. Our team will guide you through the legal process, from the initial arrest to the final resolution of your case, ensuring that your rights are protected every step of the way.

Sexual Misconduct Charges

Sexual Assault

Sexual assault in South Carolina is a grave offense that involves any form of non-consensual sexual activity. Convictions can range from a misdemeanor to a felony, depending on the severity of the act and the circumstances involved. Penalties may include imprisonment, fines, and mandatory registration as a sex offender.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is not just a workplace issue but can also be a criminal offense in South Carolina. While the penalties may vary, they often include fines and may require the offender to undergo sexual harassment training. In severe cases, it could lead to job termination and even criminal charges.

Indecent Exposure

Indecent exposure in South Carolina is generally considered a misdemeanor but can escalate to a felony if the act is committed in certain circumstances, such as in the presence of a minor. Penalties can include fines, imprisonment, and a potential requirement to register as a sex offender.


Stalking is a criminal offense in South Carolina that involves repeated, unwanted attention causing the victim to feel threatened. Penalties can range from a misdemeanor to a felony, depending on the severity and duration of the stalking behavior. Convictions may result in imprisonment, fines, and restraining orders.

Legal Processes for Sexual Misconduct Charges 

Being charged with sexual misconduct is a serious and often overwhelming experience. Understanding the legal process can help you navigate this challenging time. At Lacey and Thompson, we guide you through each step, ensuring that you’re well-informed and prepared. Here’s what you can expect:

Initial Arrest and Booking

After being arrested for a sexual misconduct charge, you’ll be taken to the police station for booking. This involves recording your personal details, the charges against you, and possibly taking fingerprints and photographs.

We can often expedite the booking process and work on securing your release through bail, ensuring you spend as little time in custody as possible.


The arraignment is your first court appearance, where you’ll be formally charged and asked to enter a plea.

We’ll advise you on the best plea to enter based on the evidence against you and will begin negotiations with the prosecution to potentially reduce the charges.

Discovery and Investigation

This phase involves gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and building your defense.

Our team conducts a thorough investigation to challenge the prosecution’s evidence, seeking to weaken their case and strengthen your defense.

Pre-Trial Motions

Before the trial, both sides can file motions to request specific actions, such as dismissing the case or excluding evidence.

We’ll file strategic motions that can significantly impact the outcome of your case, such as motions to suppress evidence that was illegally obtained.


If no plea agreement is reached, the case will go to trial. Here, both sides will present their arguments, and a judge or jury will determine your guilt or innocence.

With our extensive courtroom experience, we’ll present a compelling defense aimed at achieving the best possible outcome, whether that’s a not guilty verdict or a reduced sentence.


If convicted, the judge will determine your sentence based on various factors, including the type of sexual misconduct charge and any prior convictions.

We’ll advocate for the most lenient sentence possible, presenting mitigating factors and arguing for alternatives to imprisonment, such as probation or community service.

Preparing for your Consulation with Thompson & Hiller

Facing a sexual misconduct charge is a serious matter that requires immediate and legal attention. When you consult Thompson and Hiller, here are some essential questions to ask and information to bring to make the most of your legal representation.

Questions to Ask Thompson and Hiller

  1. What are the potential penalties for the specific type of sexual misconduct charge I’m facing?
  2. What are the most effective defense strategies for my case?
  3. How often do you handle sexual misconduct cases, and what have been the outcomes?
  4. Will my case likely go to trial, or is a plea deal more advisable?
  5. What are the legal fees, and what do they cover?
  6. How will you keep me informed about the progress of my case?
  7. What are the next steps in the legal process, and what should I expect?

Information to Bring to Thompson and Hiller

  1. Arrest Records: Any paperwork or documentation related to your arrest.
  2. Bail Papers: If you’ve been released on bail, bring any related documents.
  3. Evidence: Any evidence that you believe could be beneficial to your case, such as text messages, emails, or surveillance footage.
  4. Witness Information: Names and contact details of any potential witnesses who could testify on your behalf.
  5. Timeline of Events: A written account of what happened before, during, and after the alleged misconduct, as detailed as possible.
  6. Previous Legal Records: If you have any prior convictions or ongoing cases, bring all relevant legal documents.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Considered Sexual Misconduct in South Carolina?

Answer: In South Carolina, sexual misconduct encompasses a range of behaviors, including sexual assault, harassment, and indecent exposure. Understanding the specific type of misconduct you’re facing is crucial for your legal defense.

2. What are the Penalties for Sexual Misconduct in South Carolina?

Answer: Penalties for sexual misconduct in South Carolina can vary widely, depending on the type of charge and other factors like prior convictions. Penalties can range from fines to imprisonment and may include mandatory registration as a sex offender.

3. How Can Thompson and Hiller Help with My Sexual Misconduct Charge?

Answer: Thompson and Hiller specialize in navigating South Carolina’s complex sexual misconduct laws. We offer aggressive legal defense strategies tailored to your specific case, aiming to either reduce the charges or get them dismissed altogether.

4. What Should I Bring to My Initial Consultation with Thompson and Hiller?

Answer: For your initial consultation, bring all relevant documents such as arrest records, bail papers, and any evidence you think may help your case. The more information you provide, the better we can assess and plan your defense strategy.

5. What is the Legal Process for a Sexual Misconduct Charge in South Carolina?

Answer: The legal process for a sexual misconduct charge typically involves an initial arrest, arraignment, discovery, pre-trial motions, and potentially a trial. Thompson and Hiller guide you through each step, offering tailored legal advice and representation to protect your rights.

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