Seeking justice with integrity by defending the Constitutional rights of those charged with a crime, assisting students facing expulsion or challenges with their Individual Education Plan, assisting families with domestic disputes, employees hurt on the job, and advocating for persons injured because of the negligence of others.
Famed Attorney Johnnie Cochran once said, “One can guarantee they will not commit a crime, but one cannot guarantee he will not be charged with a crime.” In America, all citizens are presumed innocent until proven guilty. A criminal defendant must understand and protect all of their Constitutional and statutory rights when facing criminal charges.
If facing a criminal investigation or criminal charges, you need a competent criminal defense attorney that can help you understand the charges and potential penalties, including collateral consequences. This firm has widespread familiarity with most misdemeanors and felonies. We understand the complexities of the issues and aid our clients in constructing strategic responses—whether that is a favorable plea agreement or trial.
If facing any South Carolina misdemeanors or felonies, including, but not limited to, Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Drug Possession/Distribution, Assault and Battery, Domestic Violence (DV), Attempted Murder, etc., please contact the Law Offices of Montrio Belton, LLC.
Family Law (Divorce, Custody Disputes, Child Support)
This firm believes that the stability of family is a fundamental bedrock of our society. We always encourage families to work toward amicable solutions when faced with the challenges that we all encounter.
We also understand that sometimes you will need to make tough decisions and will need legal counsel to help you navigate those sensitive decisions.
The Workers’ Compensation Commission has exclusive jurisdiction over disputes between employees and employers regarding an “injury by accident arising out of and in the course of employment.” An employee has no duty to prove an employer was negligent. However, Workers Compensation, in most instances, is an employee’s exclusive remedy.
Navigating the Workers’ Compensation statute can be difficult, and you may need legal counsel to assist you in collecting the maximum benefits in which you are entitled.
Have you been injured in a car wreck due to the negligence of somebody else? With more than 3 million automobiles on South Carolina’s highways, we all are bound to be involved in an accident at some point or another.
A person who is negligent and causes a wreck that injures another can be held liable and forced to compensate the injured. You need to seek legal counsel to explore your options if you are the driver or passenger in an automobile that has been involved in a wreck. South Carolina does have very strict statute of limitation provisions. It may be in your best interest to see a lawyer sooner rather than later to help you protect your rights.
Most of us will seek medical care during our lifetimes. We expect doctors and others in the medical community to be well trained and perform at or above the standards set and accepted by the medical community at-large.
Medical care that falls below this standard can leave patients with life altering injuries, years of pain and suffering, and/or death.
If you have been injured due to medical care you received and you think it is due to the malpractice of the treating physician or other medical staff, please contact the Law Offices of Montrio Belton, LLC.
How do you recover after the death of a loved one, especially if that death is due to the willful or reckless negligence of another? A child is left without a parent. A parent is left without a child. A spouse is left without the other spouse. All of these scenarios forever alter your existence. You are not only left without the presence and companionship of that person, you may be left without that person’s present and future earnings.
The only remedy you may have is a Wrongful Death lawsuit that holds the negligent party liable and awards you money for your loss. Wrongful Death lawsuits in South Carolina are governed by statute, and the statute dictates who can sue and, in some cases, how much can be recovered.
Wrongful Death lawsuits are civil proceedings and are exclusive of any criminal liabilities and proceedings the tortfeasor may face.
Our firm is dedicated to representing students, parents, and employees. Most schools and their employees serve our students well. However, there are times when school and district employees are wrong and are not acting in the best interest of the student. Consequently, a student is hurt, his/her educational needs are not met, or an employee is terminated wrongfully.
Montrio spent 15 years as a public school educator. He was a teacher, coach, high school assistant principal and middle school principal. He was also Director of School Transformation for the South Carolina Department of Education. He retains his certification as a teacher, principal, and superintendent in South Carolina. He understands education and how schools should work for students, parents, and employees.
He does not have a learning curve when confronted with issues of Special Education, especially the implementation of Individual Education Plans (IEP’s), student safety, student discipline, student attendance, teacher/principal evaluations, employee dismissal, and the myriad of other issues.
Owners of property and businesses have a legal duty to maintain a safe environment for visitors and customers.
If you are faced with a conflict in your place of work, you need the guidance of a competent employment attorney to understand your rights and responsibilities under the law. Employment conflicts can take many forms, and may be covered by any number of protected statuses under the law. Your best course of action in achieving a satisfactory resolution of your issue is to retain the services of an employment attorney who fully understands this complex area of law, and has the experience and tenacity to fully serve your interests.