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Experience in high-profile felony cases. Knowledge of criminal law. Time as a prosecutor or judge that taught them to view cases from different perspectives. The ability to represent clients facing a range of charges in federal or state court.

These are just a few of the skills the criminal defense lawyers at Morton & Gettys offer clients. As a group the attorneys have handled a range of criminal cases, both felony and misdemeanor, including:

The attorneys at Morton & Gettys emphasize a “team approach” in every case they handle. Jim Morton is a former prosecutors with over 30 years of criminal law experience. He’s prosecuted and defended dozens of homicide cases, including death-penalty murder cases. He prosecuted two of the earliest cases involving DNA evidence in South Carolina. Since entering private practice, he’s been called upon to serve as a special prosecutor in York, Chesterfield and Sumter counties.

Elizabeth Smith Owen, who previously served as a municipal judge, has experience representing juveniles facing misdemeanor and felony charges in Family Court.

Your relationship with Morton & Gettys begins with us getting to know you as well as the circumstances of the criminal charge you are facing. Our representation will involve legal research, obtaining and evaluating the evidence against you, communicating and meeting with you about your case, preparing your defense and arguing your case in court.

If you have been arrested or accused of a crime, contact an experienced Rock Hill defense lawyer at Morton & Gettys to discuss your case. Initial consultations are free.

James M. Morton


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