Blog Posts in 2014

James R. Snell, Jr. Presents to Members of Lexington County Bar Association

On October 16, 2014, attorney James R. Snell, Jr., presented during a continuing legal education program to the members of the Lexington County Bar Association. Mr. Snell's presentation was ...
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Using Real Estate to Post Bond

Did you know that you can use real estate to post bond in South Carolina? This means that, instead of having to pay a cash bond to the Court or hiring a bail bondsman, you can pledge property that you ...
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James R. Snell, Jr. Appears on Radio Show and Comments on Ferguson

Last Sunday, August 24, 2014, our attorney James R. Snell, Jr. was invited onto Cynthia Hardy's OnPoint! radio show, which is broadcasted in Columbia on The Big DM 101.3 FM. As a guest on the ...
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Greenville's John Education Program

The Greenville Solicitor's office has started a special type of diversion program entitled the John Education Program. Successful completion of this program will result in a dismissal of a ...
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Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC Acquires DataMaster Machine

The Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, has recently acquired a DataMaster breath testing machine. This is the machine used by law enforcement agencies throughout South Carolina to measure alcohol ...
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What is the Lexington "Meth Triangle?"

A large portion of Lexington County is infamous among law enforcement for its concentration of methamphetamine-related arrests. This area, called the "Meth Triangle" comprises approximately ...
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South Carolina's New Texting While Driving Law

On June 6, 2009, South Carolina's new texting while driving law went into effect. This law creates a new statute, S.C. Code § 56-5-3890, and is listed along with other laws regarding the ...
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Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr. Supports the Palmetto Opera

The Palmetto Opera is in its fourth season in Columbia, SC. Palmetto Opera's vision of making grand opera an integral part of our capital's cultural scene is becoming a reality. Benefactors ...
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Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC Sponsors Fundraiser for Non-Profit

The Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC is proud to announce that we recently had the opportunity to sponsor a fundraiser for the healthcare non-profit, AccessHealth. As "Garland of ...
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Blackmail Defense Services

Blackmail occurs more often than you might think. And you don't have to be a millionaire or a celebrity in order to find yourself the target of one of those schemes. One of the services that we ...
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More BUI Arrests Expected in South Carolina for 2014

Boating under the influence, or BUI, is becoming more and more a common charge. Each week people will be arrested on Lake Murray and other South Carolina waters, and charged with operating their boat ...
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How Do I File an Appeal in South Carolina?

Did you receive and unfair conviction that you believe was based on an error? If so, then you should consider filing an appeal. This means that you ask a higher court—either the South Carolina ...
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Clearing Your Record After a CDV Arrest

Many people arrested for CDV are concerned about having a criminal record. Having a mark on your record can unnecessarily complicate future employment opportunities, your background check or even the ...
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PCR - Lawyers Should Interview Defendant's Alibi Witnesses

In Joseph Walker vs. State of South Carolina, decided on March 19, 2014, the S.C. Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals and granted a petition for post-conviction relief (PCR). Generally ...
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What Happens if You Weren't Read Your Miranda Rights?

Everyone who has watched a police TV show is familiar with Miranda rights. They are usually recited similar to: You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you ...
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Increase in South Carolina Prostitution Stings

During the past several months, we have noticed an increase in the number of South Carolina communities that are operating prostitution stings. These stings may be designed to arrest either the ...
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Facing DUI Charges for Sleep Driving?

When people hear the phrase "intoxicated driver," they tend to picture someone who got drunk or high and then got behind the wheel. They don't usually think of someone who is simply a ...
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Can You Drive after Being Arrested for DUI in South Carolina?

There is no general prohibition against driving immediately after being arrested for DUI. The only restriction would be if you refused a breathalyzer, or tested greater than a 0.15 blood alcohol ...
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How Long Does a DUI Stay on My South Carolina Record?

There are two components to a South Carolina DUI conviction; the first is criminal and the second is administrative. The criminal conviction that goes on your rap sheet will be there for life. There ...
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How Many Drinks Can You Have and Still Legally Drive?

There is no definite answer to the question, "How many drinks you can you have and still legally drive in South Carolina?" This is because the answer is unique to each individual and each ...
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Using Mental Illness in the Defense of a Criminal Charge

Many people with both diagnosed and undiagnosed mental illnesses are arrested in South Carolina every year. People with these conditions are more susceptible to both commit crimes, and also to be ...
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