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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What If I Confessed to a Crime While Under Duress?

When a person provides a confession while under duress, this means that the individual was forced or coerced into confessing to a crime. Centuries ago, torture was considered an acceptable way of ...
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What Qualifies as Tax Fraud Under Federal Law?

Individuals, commercial entities and organizations in the U.S. are required by federal law to report their income to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) so that they can be properly taxed. There ...
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How Many Points Can I Have on My Driving Record?

When drivers in South Carolina are found guilty of traffic offenses or commit traffic-related crimes, they end up with points on their driving records. These are negative points that are issued by the ...
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Richland Electronic Monitoring Program Cancelled

On June 29 th Judge Clifton Newman issued an order cancelling the electronic monitoring program established by the Solicitor's office in Richland County. Under this program hundreds of defendants ...
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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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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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