Do I have a right to a jury trial in misdemeanor cases?
The Law of South Carolina gives all persons accused of crimes in South Carolina the right to a trial by jury. In some states, the right to trial by jury does not exist in magistrate, municipal, or summary courts or exists in only a very limited fashion. In South Carolina, all individuals enjoy the full right to trials by six or twelve person juries.
The Harris Law Firm encourages all individuals who are accused of criminal offenses, even of a minor nature, to consult with an attorney of their choice before making an initial court appearance where they might be expected or asked to waive their right to trial by jury. The Harris Law Firm is available for free initial consultation on all questions concerning the right to trial by jury in misdemeanor cases.