A Local & Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney Fighting For Your Rights

Criminal charges can have a significant impact on every facet of your life. Any charge is a serious matter that requires a strategic approach and a knowledgeable team of individuals to assist and educate you about your options. That is why it is crucial to contact a local criminal attorney as soon as possible.

Our law firm understands how criminal charges can jeopardize your life and future. Attorney Michael O'Connell has more than 40 years of experience defending clients in the State and Federal Courts. Prior to entering private practice, Michael served as a Chief Public Defender for Charleston County and as an Assistant Federal Public defender for the District of South Carolina in Charleston. The legal team of Stirling & O’Connell provides all of our clients with knowledgeable counsel and skilled representation. Our legal team is committed to defending your rights.

Below are some examples of cases we handle:

  • Theft
  • Physical and Sexual Assaults
  • Murder
  • Attempted Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • DUI
  • Drug Offenses
  • Cybercrimes
  • Child Pornography
  • Federal Crimes such as Wire Fraud and Mail Fraud

Stirling & O'Connell also represents clients at bond hearings, for in-state post-conviction relief petitions and when a client is being investigated by Federal Law Enforcement Agents and Federal Grand Juries.


Michael P. O'Connell

Attorney Michael O’Connell, owner of Stirling & O’Connell and QDRO Solutions, LLC, has represented hundreds of clients in Family, State and Federal Courts during his over forty-year legal career here in South Carolina. Michael has a proven track record as a successful Criminal Defense and Family Law attorney, which is evidenced by his continued delegation as a Super Lawyer, as a Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorney by America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys, his rank as a Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney in the area of White Collar Crime by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDA). Michael is also well respected within the legal community and was recently recognized by his peers and awarded the 2020 Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability. Mr. O’Connell’s knowledge of the law and proven excellence in the legal field has placed his clients in a strong position to navigate their legal needs and achieve the best possible outcome for their particular set of circumstances.

Learn More About Mr. O'Connell's Credentials and Background

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