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Understanding Pre-Trial Discovery

Pre-trial discovery is one of the most significant rights that a criminal defendant has to help them avoid a false or unfair conviction. By pre-trial discovery I am referring to the formal, court ...
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Can You Beat a Polygraph?

Many people are nervous about taking a polygraph, and they may try to research the testing procedures on the internet. Sometimes they feel that they can “beat” the equipment by the use of ...
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Can The Prosecutor Call You as a Witness?

A common question we receive from clients preparing for court is what they have to say when the prosecutor asks the questions. The good news for many is that the prosecutor is not allowed to call them ...
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No More "Cohabitating" Domestic Violence

In a major decision issued today by the South Carolina Supreme Court, individuals should no longer be arrested or prosecuted for domestic violence simply because they now or were formally living ...
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Do You Really Need to Hire a Lawyer for a DUI?

I meet with a lot of people who are charged with DUI herein Lexington and Columbia. During our meetings many have shared the same question. Do I really need to hire a lawyer for a DUI, especially if ...
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Received a Call From James Snell Asking for Money?

We have recently been contacted by an individual reporting that our law firm was representing the parent of a child who had provided illegal pictures to a man met through a dating site. The caller ...
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Blackmail Scam: Pay for Daughter's Counseling

Blackmail Scam: Pay for Daughter’s Counseling There is a very common scam making the rounds. It works like this: You are on a dating site and begin messaging with a woman. This might be a site ...
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Arrested for Child Pornography in Lexington?

Recently there have been law enforcement arrests of Lexington area citizens and charged with various levels of offenses related to child pornography. Child pornography related charges can either be ...
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What does failure to appear mean?

If you have accidently missed a court appearance or a roll-call date you may be told that your case status has been changed to “failure to appear.” What does this mean for you? In almost ...
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Removal from Electronic Monitoring

Beginning in 2005 many South Carolina sex offenders were ordered to be maintained on lifetime electronic monitoring. This was to continue even after completing probation. S.C. Code § 23-3-540 ...
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Should a lawyer charge you more for a 2nd or 3rd offense DUI?

Many times people who meet with us regarding their DUI 2 nd offense or 3 rd offense share with us that other lawyers have quoted them much higher fees becomes of their prior record. Should lawyers ...
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Don't wait until you are arrested to get help!

Pre-Case Representation If you are under investigation for any crime you don’t have to wait until an arrest before you take action. We offer a comprehensive range of services designed to help ...
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Getting Ready for Our New Office

We are very pleased to announce that construction is well underway on our new office. Our new office is situated on a one acre lot in downtown Lexington located at the corner of East Main and Harmon ...
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Arrested for ordering marijuana by mail?

If you’ve been charged with receiving marijuana, or any other drug, by mail, there are some things that you need to know. Ordering marijuana online is never a good idea. For every legitimate ...
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Fake Pro Bono Attorney Ads

Recently we started hearing from callers to our office that they had received lists of several “ pro bono ” area criminal defense attorneys. These are people who would contact our office ...
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Backpage.com Takes Down Escort Advertisements

In a blow to police entrapment stings around the country, backpage.com has censored its escort and other adult advertisements. Beginning just this past Monday, the site showed all of this content as ...
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Operation Clean Slate

On Friday, January 20, 2017, representatives from Richland County and the City of Columbia will be sponsoring Operation Clean Slate. This is a program designed to encourage individuals with ...
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Is the Traffic Education Program right for you?

A few years ago counties around South Carolina began establish the Traffic Education Program (also called TEP). This program is designed to help drivers who have received a routine traffic ticket keep ...
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What is the difference between a South Carolina criminal appeal and post-conviction relief?

If you or a loved one has been convicted of a crime, you’re probably wondering what options you have to try to continue to fight your case. In South Carolina there are two main ways of doing so- ...
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Self Defense Lawyer in South Carolina

As a criminal defense law firm with offices in Lexington and Columbia, we've had many clients before whose cases involve self-defense. South Carolina has a strong legal tradition of recognizing ...
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James R. Snell Honored by National Advocacy for DUI Defense

Attorney James R. Snell of the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC has been identified by the National Advocacy for DUI Defense (NAFDD), LLC, as one of the Top DUI Attorneys in South Carolina for ...
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If you blew a high BAC are you automatically guilty of DUI?

Some people think that their DUI case is hopeless, and that nothing anyone can do will make a difference. They think that if they feel like they are guilty, that they should just give up on themselves ...
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Don't Lose Your Bond Paperwork

If you've recently been through bond court no doubt you received a variety of paperwork. Some of it may have been explained by the judge, some of it maybe not. All of it however is important, and ...
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Kidnapping and South Carolina Sex Offense Registry

Many people who have been convicted of kidnapping have been surprised to hear that they are expected to register as a sex offender. This is because South Carolina's sex offender registration law ...
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What Should You Do if the Police Knock On Your Door?

Many arrests begin after the police knock on someone's door. We are frequently asked by defendants who are arrested for crimes such as DUI, drug possession, or domestic violence how they should ...
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