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Phone: 864-538-4466
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Defense Attorney Charles Grose — Changing the Culture of the Criminal Justice System

Striving for Fair Treatment of Defendants and Helping Their Voices Be Heard

For Charles Grose, being a defense attorney is an opportunity to help people in tough situations — protecting their rights and helping them avoid unfair or unjust charges and criminal penalties.

In addition to helping defendants fight charges they aren’t guilty of, Mr. Grose strives to reveal the total circumstances of each client’s situation and demonstrate to police, prosecutors, and judges the mitigating circumstances showing why a client deserves mercy.

“In the south there’s a history of people not being treated fairly.  I want to be part of changing the culture and ensure people have their voices heard.”       —   Charles Grose

Charles Grose began his legal career as an Associate Attorney for a civil law firm in Charleston, South Carolina.   In 1996, he became a Public Defender and Practiced for three years in the Orangeburg County Public Defender’s Office.  In July 1999, he became the Chief Public Defender for Greenwood and Abbeville Counties.  Following the creation of the statewide Indigent Defense System, Charles was selected the Circuit Public Defender of the Eighth Judicial Circuit, which included Abbeville, Greenwood, Laurens, and Newberry Counties.

Charles is a past President of the South Carolina Public Defender Association.  The Public Defender Association honored him as Lawyer of the Year in 2008.  On September 25, 2012, the Public Defender Association awarded Charles the Martha Browning Dicus Award for demonstrating the remarkable competence, zeal and adherence to the ideas of the legal profession.

Charles is a former member of the Board of Directions of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  He is former a member of the Criminal Law Section of the South Carolina Bar, having served as Chairperson in 2005-2006 and 2014-2015.  From 2005-2016, Charles served on the Board of Directions of Justice 360, which was formally known as the South Carolina Death Penalty Resource & Defense Center.

Charles represents clients charged with criminal offenses in Magistrate Court, Municipal Court, General Sessions Court, Federal Court, and in post-conviction relief proceedings.  He also represents clients in the South Carolina Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals.


  • Circuit Defender, Eighth Judicial Circuit
    Abbeville, Greenwood, Laurens and Newberry Counties
    August 2008 – August 2012
    Chief Public Defender for Abbeville, Greenwood, Laurens and Newberry Counties
  • Chief Public Defender, Greenwood and Abbeville Counties
    July 1999 – July 2008
  • Assistant Public Defender, Orangeburg County
    May 1996 – July 1999


  • University of South Carolina School of Law
    Juris Doctorate, Law 1992
  • Furman University
    Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 1989


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