Criminal Defense Law

Traffic Violations

General Sessions

DUI Defense

State and Federal Courts

Driving Under the Influence                                               Drug Possession

White Collar Crimes                                                           Violent Crimes

Domestic Violence                                                             Drug Trafficking

If you are reading this page, it is likely that you or someone you love is facing a serious criminal offense.  Confronting a criminal charge of any kind demands finding an advocate for you who is experienced, trusted, and who will zealously defend your rights.  Ben Shelton has successfully tried criminal cases to verdict throughout the Lowcountry of South Carolina.  As an experienced South Carolina criminal defense attorney qualified to handle any case including death penalty cases in South Carolina, and who is a former managing prosecutor, Mr. Shelton is an advocate who you may trust with the most delicate and serious criminal matters.  He has witnessed and worked in the operation of the criminal justice system on every level in South Carolina,   Truly, while some lawyers have spent time in courthouses in South Carolina, Ben has called seven county courthouses "his office."   Mr. Shelton holds unique skills acquired by trying the most difficult cases in different environments. 

Being investigated for a crime is just the first step of a long, hard process which will be frustrating and confusing.  No one charged with a crime ever should feel the need to prove their own innocence.  It is a fundamental truth that all people are innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law beyond a reasonable doubt.   Having experienced the mechanics of the justice system as a prosecutor and a defense attorney, Mr. Shelton tirelessly works to preserve his clients’ rights and freedoms, and endeavors to help them and their families understand and deal with the criminal justice system after being caught in its throes.”


"At times facing a criminal charge is simply a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, a result of wrongful identification, or a false report to police.  Sometimes, too, being charged with a criminal offense is a symptom of larger underlying problems with which the client and his or her family struggle on a daily basis. It is my experience that focusing on the big picture while maintaining the strictest confidentiality and discretion helps to obtain the best possible results in court and in the lives of my clients and their families.“ 


Mr. Shelton handles criminal matters primarily in Beaufort (including the Town of Hilton Head Island), Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Hampton, Jasper, and Allendale Counties.  He has experience with almost all areas of criminal law, including but not limited to Driving under the Influence (DUI), DUAC, Violent Crimes, Domestic Violence, Drug Possession, Drug Trafficking, and White Collar Crimes.   

Ben Shelton Criminal Law

Finger, Melnick & Brooks, P.A.

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(843) 681-7000

35 Hospital Center Commons, Suite 200, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926, USA

Finger, Melnick & Brooks, P.A ., provides legal representation to residents and visitors to the South Carolina Lowcountry, including Hilton Head Island, Hardeeville, Ridgeland, Port Royal, Beaufort, Bluffton, Walterboro, Estill, Savannah, Charleston, Allendale and Summerville. We serve clients throughout South Carolina, including cities and towns in Beaufort County, Jasper County, Colleton County, Allendale County, Hampton, Berkely and Charleston County.