Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney Serving Clients in Greenville & the Entire Upstate Region

Attorney Richard Warder fights for the Constitutional rights of his clients every day. He approaches each case as an investigation to determine the facts and analyze the behavior of involved law enforcement. When you walk into court with Mr. Warder, you can rest assured he has considered every possible angle and has a solid plan for making your case.

drug crimesDrug Crimes

Convictions for drug crimes can be life-ruining. Far too many people spend years in prison for minor mistakes such as possession. We do not want to see that happen to you; we will do everything in our power to keep you out of jail and prevent you from paying enormous fines.


DUI convictions may result in the suspension or revocation of your license, preventing you from getting to work, transporting your children to school and activities, and completing daily tasks that necessitate having your own vehicle. The repercussions may be even more severe for commercial drivers. Regardless of your situation, attorney Richard Warder will do everything he can to protect your driving privileges.


There’s simply no way around it; murder charges are among the most severely punished. You could be facing many years or life in prison and, in the most serious of cases, capital punishment. This is no time to doubt yourself; you need to secure the best criminal defense possible and begin preparing for the legal battle of your life.


Violence is a common human outcome when emotions are running high. If you are facing charges for assault, we will help you tell your side of the story and build a case with the goal of minimizing negative outcomes.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence laws necessitate someone be arrested at the scene if there is any indication he or she was the aggressor. This can present many situations in which you could be unfairly punished for actions you didn’t take or that were overblown or misinterpreted. Whatever the circumstances, we will ensure your rights are respected.


A kidnapping charge can arise from a wide range of actions, even if you did not intend to commit a crime. Custody violations or misunderstandings, for example, may result in kidnapping charges. We will assess the situation and make the case for your freedom.

Sex Crimes

Sex crimes are very serious. If convicted, you could be in jail for a long time and required to register as a sex offender. Your future employment opportunities and choices for homes may be limited to a high degree. If you are currently facing charges for sex crimes, contact us immediately.

Weapons Crimes

There are many charges that may fall under weapons crimes, such as illegal possession, safety violations, unlawful concealment, and more. They are often a parcel of other crimes, including assault, burglary, or receiving stolen goods. We have defended many weapons crimes cases and can help you, too.

White Collar Crimes

Nonviolent crimes committed for financial gain are often characterized as white collar crimes. Common charges include embezzlement, identity theft, securities fraud, and more. If you have been charged with a crime of this nature, your financial future and freedom are on the line. Get the representation you need.

Petty Theft

If you are convicted of stealing goods valued under $2,000, you have committed petty theft and are looking at misdemeanor charges. Don’t let a minor mistake mar your personal record, contact Richard Warder Criminal Defense Attorney right away to learn about your defense options.

Grand Larceny

You could be slapped with a felony conviction and spend up to ten years in prison if you are caught stealing goods valuing $10,000 or more. In other words, you must proceed very carefully if you are facing charges of grand larceny. Contact us today to get the representation you need going forth.


Robbery differs from theft in that the use or threat of force is employed during the stealing of said property. The court does not look kindly upon those who steal from others, especially when force is exercised or the victim experiences fear and distress.


Burglary is a more serious offense than breaking and entering because it assumes that the defendant illegally entered a property with the intent of committing further crimes, such as robbery or assault. We will work hard to have these charges cleared or reduced.

Receiving Stolen Goods

You can be charged with receiving stolen goods even if the person who committed the theft is never apprehended. We will build a case that proves you were unaware that the property or goods you received were not acquired by legal means.


Arson charges are treated very seriously because of the danger fires pose to people and nearby property. Arson cases have a high likelihood of being complicated by insurance claims or fraud, so it’s best to secure criminal representation as soon as possible.

Traffic Offenses

Traffic offenses vary greatly in repercussions, from minor fines to a loss of your license or time spent in jail. These penalties compound each other if repeated or combined with other crimes, such as reckless endangerment or DUI.

Auto Break-Ins

Auto break-ins, even if you don’t proceed to take the vehicle or property inside, are illegal. The penalties for such crimes may be a misdemeanor or felony depending on the situation and whether or not you have been previously convicted for similar crimes. Regardless of what happened, you need an effective criminal defense lawyer.

Child Endangerment

It is possible to be charged with child endangerment if it is determined that your actions caused a child to be harmed or allowed the possibility for harm, whether intentional or accidental. Leaving a child unattended in a vehicle, using drugs around children, or entrusting a child’s care to a dangerous person are examples of child endangerment.

Juvenile Defense

Young people may be treated with more leniency for crimes, but they will still be punished and such penalties may be harsh. If your child is currently facing criminal charges, it is your job as a parent to secure the best juvenile defense attorney you can to protect their freedom and future.

Federal Crimes

Federal crime convictions tend to carry heavier penalties than state, city, or municipal charges. If you are accused of committing federal crimes, you absolutely must retain an experienced criminal defense lawyer to represent you in court.


Felony convictions have the potential to incur long jail sentences, enormous fines, and lifelong stigma in terms of employment opportunities. Convicted felons face many challenges after they are released from prison that may last a lifetime. If you are facing felony charges, contact our office immediately.


It is possible to be punished for a crime even if you do not follow through with it. It is illegal to plan a crime with other people and take any actions toward realizing the act, such as casing a bank or acquiring illegal weapons.

Police Defense

Police and other law enforcement officers are not above the law and may face criminal charges just like everyone else, but their status as an officer may complicate the legal process. Attorney Richard Warder has represented many police officers in court and will work tirelessly to protect your rights and your badge.


In certain situations it may be possible to have crimes committed in the past cleared from your record or suppressed from public record. If you believe you might be eligible for an expungement, we can help you begin and complete the legal process.

Richard Warder Criminal Defense defends the rights of Greenville clients facing a wide variety of criminal charges. If you have been charged with any of the above crimes, contact our Upstate South Carolina office today at (864) 271-9955 to schedule a complimentary consultation.