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York County Criminal Courts – Coronavirus Update

A Public Defender who works at the Moss Justice Center in York County, South Carolina has tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 Severe Acute Respiratory CRIMINAL LAWYERS IN YORK COUNTY SCSyndrome Coronavirus 2.

The Justice Center is where criminal charges in York County, which includes Rock Hill, Fort Mill, and Lake Wylie, are heard.

Other court personnel work in the Moss Center, including the Office of the Public Defender, 16th District Solicitors (prosecutors) for the State of South Carolina, Magistrates, and the Clerk of Court for York County.

Adjacent to the Moss Center is the York County Jail and the York Sheriff’s Department Office.

The York County jail houses approximately 300 “in-custody” inmates.

Criminal court matters, which include DUI charges in York County and other criminal cases before the Court are to be postponed and/or handled by video conferences.

The 16th Circuit Solicitor’s Office and the Public Defender’s Office locations will be closed to the public through the remainder of the week of June 22, 2020.

Will my case be continued?

Clients of Attorney Chris Beddow at the Powers Law Firm PA with matters pending in York County may call the office to discuss rescheduling of cases.

You may also email Mr. Beddow at Chris@CarolinaAttorneys.com

Do not assume all matters are automatically continued or set-off for hearing.  

Certain matters may be handled using video conferences later in the week, as directed by the Court.

While the courthouse facility may be closed, the Clerk of Court and other criminal court officials may seek to conduct certain hearings by video conferences.

Grand Jury Term Cancelled

The Grand Jury term, as scheduled for Thursday, June 25, 2020, has been canceled.

At the present time, a decision has not been made whether the court closure will extend into the week of June 29, 2020.

Clerk of Court’s Office Remains Open

The Clerk of Court’s Office in York County, which handles the filing of court materials, payments, and other administrative matters will remain open.

Furthermore, the York County Magistrates’ Offices will also remain open.  Magistrates in South Carolina handle many lower-level cases and are vital to the timely disposition of matters.

Members of the public who visit the Moss Center are encouraged to wear PPE – Personal Protective Equipment – Chris Beddow, York County Criminal Defense Lawyer

Jury Trials in South Carolina

The South Carolina Supreme Court postponed all trials during the Coronavirus pandemic.

As such, there have not been jury trials held at the York County courthouse since March 2020.

The Court continues to hear certain matters in-person, limiting access to courtrooms.

York County Jail Information 

The York County Detention Center is part of the Sheriff’s Office.

As part of the Moss Justice Center, it is a “direct supervision” detention facility with approximately 565 beds for inmates.

The Sheriff’s Department holds inmates arrested by law enforcement officers in York County.  The Detention Center also houses inmates held by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.), as well as the United States Marshal Service.

Criminal Charges in South Carolina

If you have been charged with DUI in SC or have another serious criminal charge in the Palmetto State, attorney Chris Beddow at the Powers Law Firm PA is available for consultation.

We don’t charge consultation fees for criminal matters in South Carolina.  Our firm is dedicated to compassionate, thoughtful representation of people accused of crimes – Chris Beddow 

Chris Beddow is licensed to practice law in both North Carolina and South Carolina.

He helps people facing criminal allegations involving both felony and misdemeanor charges, including for:

  1. Drug Charges
  2. DUI and DWI – Impaired Driving
  3. Crimes of Theft and Dishonesty
    1. Larceny
    2. Embezzlement
  4. Assault and Battery
  5. Domestic Violence

Mr. Beddow is the sole attorney at the Powers Law Firm PA licensed in the State of South Carolina.  He is therefore responsible for all content and advertising materials on behalf of the firm.

Related Legal Issues and Topics of Interest

  1. What are Petit and Grand Larceny in South Carolina? 
  2. Assault and Battery Charges in SC 
  3. What is DUI in South Carolina?  
  4. Is DUI a Felony in South Carolina?
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