Deadwood, South Dakota Criminal Defense Attorney
If you are facing criminal charges in Deadwood, South Dakota (a part of Lawrence County), you need a South Dakota criminal defense attorney familiar with the local courts and their processes. Our legal staff is ready to take your case to the Lawrence County district, circuit, and municipal courts in Deadwood, SD.
Deadwood, SD Courts
Lawrence County, South Dakota is nestled in the heart of the Black Hills, making it a popular tourist destination. Deadwood in particular has a rich historic legacy valued by residents and visitors alike. But sometimes a vacation can come to a halt when criminal charges turn a pleasurable visit into a big headache. When that happens, you need to know what to expect when you walk into the Deadwood courthouse.
Unified Judicial System
Unlike Wyoming, South Dakota uses a Unified Judicial System. Because of this, there are no district courts or municipal courts. All criminal matters are handled by circuit court judges and magistrates.
4th Judicial Circuit Court
Deadwood sits in the southwest corner of the 4th Judicial Circuit of South Dakota. The 4th Judicial Circuit has courthouses in Sturgis and Deadwood. The Deadwood courthouse is located at 78 Sherman Street, Deadwood, South Dakota 57732. Of the four circuit court judges and two magistrate judges in the circuit, Deadwood is presided over by Hon. Randall L. Macy and Magistrate Judge Eric J. Strawn.
Northern Hills Drug Court
If you have been charged with drug offenses or some DUI / DWUI charges, South Dakota offers the option of a post-plea drug court. This court uses closely monitored probation to help convicted drug and alcohol offenders to change their habits and fight addiction. The 4th Judicial Circuit's drug court is located in Sturgis, South Dakota, rather than Deadwood. But for some non-violent adult offenders, it can provide a way out of a cycle of addiction and criminal involvement.
Hiring a Deadwood, South Dakota Criminal Defense Attorney
Criminal defense lawyer Christina L. Williams is familiar with the South Dakota court system, and its drug court. She will help you decide if taking a plea involving travel to the drug court in Sturgis is a good option for you. She knows how to work with the 4th Judicial Circuit Court staff and local prosecutors. Our team at Just Criminal Law is ready to fully investigate your case and develop the defenses that will get you a fair result.
Get Help from Just Criminal Law
Our criminal defense team is ready to help you through the court system in Deadwood, South Dakota. We will help you understand what to expect from the 4th Judicial Circuit Court and whether the Northern Hills Drug Court is right for you. Call 307-686-6556 or contact us online to schedule your personalized case review and strategy session.[Last Updated: 8/25/2016]