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Orrie E. West is the Circuit Public Defender for both Horry and Georgetown Counties. Experienced, professional and ethical attorneys work for the Circuit Public Defenders Office. The Circuit Public Defender system is new. It just started July 1, 2008.


Your attorney can do a better job for you if you remember your Constitutional right to remain silent. Don’t admit to anything until you have spoken with an attorney.


Ask for an attorney if you are taken to the police station for questioning. You won’t get an attorney right away but you don’t have to say anything. If you talk about the crime (your side) you will be arrested anyway. No Police Officer can “make a deal” about your charge, only a Solicitor can.


REMAIN SILENT. ASK FOR AN ATTORNEY

You will not get an attorney before you are arrested. But you will be arrested if you give police information about your involvement in the incident.

SAY NOTHING –ASK FOR AN ATTORNEY-

IT IS YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT.

IF YOU REMAIN SILENT AND REQUEST AN ATTORNEY IT DOES NOT STOP THE POLICE FROM ARRESTING YOU.


You and Your Attorney

Ask For An Attorney Before You Talk To

The Police Or The Solicitor’s Office

Public Defender 15th Circuit

      Public Defenders are REAL ATTORNEYS. Public Defenders went to law school and have passed the bar.

THEY SPECIALIZE IN CRIMINAL CASES.


       Public Defenders do not make the deal in your case, the Solicitor does. Your Public Defender only tells you what the Solicitor has offered you (and your PD tries to get a better deal).  Your Public Defender does not schedule your case for court. The Solicitor does.  Your Public Defender does not generate the evidence in your case. The Solicitor does.


       If you have been arrested for a crime, the ONLY person who has your best interest in mind is your attorney, your Public Defender.