Case Results

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DISCLAIMER: Any result our lawyers have achieved on behalf of clients in other matters does not necessarily indicate that similar results can be obtained for other clients. No lawyer can ever make you a promise or guarantee about how your specific case will turn out, and you should not allow the following to create an expectation that you will receive similar results. It is necessary to carefully consider the specific factual and legal circumstances of each client's case before coming up with an opinion or any estimation of potential outcomes. Although criminal cases can be favorably resolved for the defendant, cases also may result in convictions, jail or prison sentences, fines, and criminal records.

Case results are broken down into five categories:

Criminal Domestic Violence (CDV)

Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

Crimes Against Children

Summary Court \ Misdemeanor Charges

General Sessions \ Felony Charges

Criminal Domestic Violence (CDV)

Although the no-drop policy generally prevents these cases from being dismissed outside of court, we have developed a system that has assisted many clients with receiving favorable results such as in-court dismissals, referrals into pre-trial intervention (PTI), reductions in charges, or not-guilty verdicts.


Mr. Snell was contacted by an individual who currently had two outstanding arrest warrants. One was for a CDV case in which he had already plead guilty (he had gone to court without an attorney), and he was unable to successfully complete the court ordered counseling program. The other was for a new CDV case. After being retained Mr. Snell arranged for the court to hold a hearing on the bench warrant. At that hearing the court allowed him a second chance at completing the counseling program, dismissing the arrest warrant. Several months later, after having successfully completing counseling, the remaining CDV charge was completely dismissed.


Our female client was arrested for DV 2nd degree after an argument with her husband. This was a case prosecuted in General Sessions by the Solicitor’s office. After reviewing the government evidence in the case, all charges were dropped prior to trial.


Our client was charged with DV 2 nd degree after the police alleged that the victim's nose was broken during an argument. DV 2 nd carries a possible prison sentence of up to three years. After voluntarily completing a domestic counseling program, and our case evaluation, the prosecutor agreed to dismiss the charge.

Our client was a young veteran who, like many other returning soldiers, had found himself caught up in the criminal justice system. After voluntarily enrolling and completing a counseling program the judge and prosecutor agreed to dismiss his domestic violence charge.


Our client was schedule to complete a term of probation when he was charged with domestic violence. This is significant, because a CDV arrest can result in probation being violated. After voluntarily enrolling and completing a counseling program the judge and prosecutor both agreed to dismiss the charge.


We were contacted on behalf of a client who was recently incarcerated on a failure to appear bench warrant related to a General Sessions level 3rd Offense Criminal Domestic Violence offense. This is a felony and the maximum sentence is ten years imprisonment. The client was scheduled to remain incarcerated on the bench warrant until the conclusion of his case and any sentence that he might receive. After meeting with the client it was determined that there were special circumstances in his case that may render prosecution impractical. After we consulted with the prosecutor they agreed to lift the bench warrant and dismiss the criminal charge. This all occurred on the same day we were initially contacted.


Attorney James R. Snell, Jr., obtained a trial verdict of "not-guilty" on behalf of a client charged with criminal domestic violence. Our client was separated from his wife. It was reported to law enforcement that he had followed her in traffic and then pulled into a parking lot. While there it was claimed that he had gotten out of his car, hit the windows, tried to open the doors, and had threatened to beat her. The law enforcement investigator testified that it was an "easy" case.

During cross-examination of the state's witnesses, Mr. Snell had the wife expound on the incident bringing out the allegation that he was yelling and acting in a very aggressive manner (Mr. Snell believes that sometimes by "helping" the complaining witness make the story bigger it shows a lack of credibility). Although a police officer actually rode by parking lot while the parties were there he did not notice any criminal activity. The officer testified on cross that he would have intervened had he heard yelling or seen that type of commotion. A defense witness testified that he was in the car with the Defendant and that he engaged in no violent or inappropriate conduct. In closing argument Mr. Snell submitted to the jury that the lack of any corroborating evidence at all combined with the possible motivation to make up a false allegation to try to gain an advantage in a family court case, justified a not-guilty verdict. After a brief deliberation the jury did return a verdict of not-guilty.

In addition to the domestic violence charge our client was also charged with violating the no-contact provisions of a previously issued Family Court order. As our client was present with his wife the jury did find him in violation of the no-contact provisions of that prior court order and he was required to pay a fine for that violation.

The end result was that the jury found our client not-guilty of the criminal domestic violence offense, even after finding that an order of protection was in effect and had been violated. Because the CDV charge was dismissed by the jury, our client did not face any sentencing for it, and that arrest will be automatically expunged from his record.


We represented a wife who was charged with domestic violence 2nd degree after an incident involving her husband. This is a serious offense that was created by the 2015 South Carolina Domestic Violence Reform Act. Our client was facing a maximum three year prison sentence. After evaluation of the facts and circumstances of the case, and consultation with the prosecutor, the charge was dismissed.


Our client was active duty military. He was accused of committing an assault against his wife. If he had been convicted he would have been automatically discharged. On the day of trial the prosecutor offered a reduced charge. After declining this offer and requesting a trial by jury the charge was ultimately dismissed.


Our client was arrested and charged with Criminal Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Nature (CDVHAN), pointing and presenting a firearm, and possession of a firearm by a convicted violent felon. He was charged after getting into an argument with his girlfriend in which her children claimed that he had made threatening statements while holding a firearm. Due to the serious nature of this offense (our client was facing a minimum mandatory prison sentence), we recommended a thorough defense investigation be conducted. Working in conjunction with an investigator it was determined that our client was in fact not guilty of any crime at all. As a result, and due in large part with our client's own cooperation with the defense strategy we set forth, all charges were dismissed pre-trial.


Our client was charged with CDV 1st after an altercation involving his wife. The case was dismissed on the day of the trial. Our client's record will be automatically expunged by the court. He will also not be required to complete any counseling, pay any fines, or do anything else.


Our client was charged with CDVHAN for an alleged incident involving threatening his spouse with a firearm. Client was permitted to plead guilty to misdemeanor assault, allowing him to avoid prison time. This plea allowed our client to remain in the military.


Our client was charged with CDVHAN for an alleged incident involving assaulting a former boyfriend. Client was permitted to plead guilty to misdemeanor assault, allowing her to avoid prison time.


Our client was charged with CDVHAN for an alleged incident involving threatening his wife with a firearm. Client was permitted to plead guilty to misdemeanor DV 3rd, allowing him to avoid prison time.


Our client was charged with Criminal Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Nature (CDVHAN). She was facing a minimum sentence of one year in prison as a result of the seriousness of the charge. Our client followed our recommendations and allowed us to voluntarily enroll her in a domestic abuse counseling program. As a result, and after full evaluation of the case, the prosecutor agreed to dismiss the case.


Client was charged with CDV 1st after an argument with her husband. At the call of the case the court granted Mr. Snell's request to have the charge dismissed. As a result our client did not pay any fines or court costs, receive any jail sentence, or have to do counseling. Additionally our client's request will be automatically cleared by the court at no further expense to her.


Our client was charged with Criminal Domestic Violence 1st Degree in Columbia, South Carolina. At the call of the case the court granted our motion to dismiss. Our client was not required to pay any fines, attend any counseling, or serve any jail time. His arrest record will be expunged automatically by the court for no charge to our client.


Our client was charged with CDV 1st by the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Department. The charge was ultimately dismissed and our client is now eligible to have his record expunged.


Our client was charged with CDV 1st after his ex-girlfriend came to his home and found him with another woman. After raising numerous issues, including the lack of household member standing with the prosecutor, the case was completely dismissed in open court.


Our female client was charged with CDVHAN after an argument with her husband. She was facing a mandatory prison term due to the seriousness of her charge. After negotiations with the prosecutor the charge was reduced to a misdemeanor. The client paid a small fine and was not sentenced to any prison or probationary sentence.


Our client was charged with CDV after an incident involving a former boyfriend. On the day of court the charge was dismissed.


Our client was charged with CDV after an incident involving her husband. The case was dismissed during an in-court proceeding.


Our client was charged with CDV 1st in Richland County. On the day of trial the Court granted a motion to dismiss made by James Snell. Our client's record will be automatically expunged by the court.


Our client was charged with CDV after an incident involving her husband. After a review of the case we were able to negotiate an in-court dismissal of the CDV.


At a pre-trial conference during court our client's CDV 1st charge was dismissed due to considerations of our client's advanced age and health status.


At a pre-trial conference during court our client's CDV 1st charge was dismissed due to considerations of the exact nature and circumstances of our client's arrest.


Our client was charged with CDV after an argument with his wife. It began after she had come back from a bar intoxicated. Although our client was the one who called "911" for assistance in trying to settle her down, he was arrested after his wife claimed that he had pushed her. After a jury trial where we were able to introduce evidence of the wife's intoxication our client was found not-guilty.


Our client was charged with CDV after an argument with her live-in boyfriend of several years. He claimed that she had slapped him. After a trial our client was found not-guilty.


Our client was arrested for CDV based on allegations made by her husband. His report to the police came after a fight over the contents and possession of a cell phone. Ultimately the prosecutor elected to dismiss the charge prior to it being called for trial.


Our client was charged with Criminal Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Nature (CDVHAN) in Richland County. This was a very serious case where our client's use of a bladed weapon during an argument lead to the other party requiring medical attention. Our client followed our advice, and voluntarily participated in a counseling program before going to court. Ultimate result was that a CDVHAN charge that carried a minimum prison sentence was reduced to a misdemeanor level charge and our client received a short probationary sentence.


Client was charged with criminal domestic violence (CDV 1st). He hired Mr. Snell after coming into the office for a free initial consultation. After being retained, Mr. Snell filed a request for a comprehensive jury trial, and discovery motions pursuant to the South Carolina Rules of Criminal Procedure. Prior to the case being scheduled, the charge was dismissed after discussions between Mr. Snell and the prosecutor that occurred in the courtroom during a pre-trial conference.


Client was charged with criminal domestic violence (CDV) for an argument with his wife. The allegations included throwing beer cans and pushing her downstairs. After a jury trial he was acquitted.


Client was arrested for criminal domestic violence by the City of Columbia Police Department. He went to his court date before consulting with a lawyer and attempted to represent himself. After pleading not guilty, he was convicted by a judge. Mr. Snell was able to have this client's conviction reversed after filing for Post-Conviction Relief (PCR) based on grounds that the Municipal Court failed to adequately advise the client of his right to an attorney or a jury trial. This decision to grant PCR was appealed by the South Carolina Attorney General's Office to the South Carolina Supreme Court. After remitting the matter the Court of Appeals, the State was not permitted to appeal, affirming the PCR victory.


Client was charged with kidnapping and criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. He was facing up to thirty years in prison plus entrance on the sex offender registry. After negotiations with the prosecutor the client's charge was reduced to a single misdemeanor and he received a time served jail sentence.


Client was charged with criminal domestic violence after having an argument with his wife. Although there was an arrest warrant issued, the factual allegations in the warrant failed to state the required legal elements of CDV. After a pre-trial motion made by Mr. Snell the Court agreed and dismissed the charge.


Client was charged with CDV 1st for an incident involving her husband. After trial she was found not-guilty.


Client was charged with felony CDVHAN and facing one to ten years in prison. Prior to contacting our office he was scheduled to plead guilty "straight up" to felony 1st Degree Assault that carried up to ten years imprisonment. After we were retained we were able to obtain an agreement with the prosecutor to continue the case to allow the client to go to alcohol counseling. After the client was successful in that program, and completed a 26 week domestic abuse counseling program, the charge was dismissed.


Client was charged with CDV 1st for allegedly striking his live in girlfriend. Photographs and witness statements established minor physical injuries. The client was allowed to enroll in the PTI program which resulted in the CDV being dismissed and his record expunged.


Mr. Snell's client was charged with criminal domestic violence 1st offense. The case was subsequently referred to the South Carolina Attorney General's office for prosecution. A jury trial was held. The witnesses for the State included one of the arresting officers and the client's spouse. After considering Mr. Snell's closing arguments, the jury returned a verdict of not-guilty. As a result our client did not have to pay any fine, submit to any counseling, be sentenced to any jail time, and will have the record of this event expunged.


Client was charged in Magistrate Court with 1st offense criminal domestic violence. The allegations included fighting both with the wife and another man. On the day of trial the charge was dismissed.


A female client was charged with criminal domestic violence for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend. She was acquitted of all charges after a jury trial.


Our client was arrested and charged with 1st offense criminal domestic violence. Three witnesses testified for the State, including the responding police officers and the alleged victim. The jury returned a verdict of not-guilty.


Client was charged with CDV 1 st in the Town of Lexington. After voluntarily completing a serious of domestic abuse counseling classes the charge was dismissed and the client's arrest record was expunged.


Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

DUI continues to be a heavily prosecuted offense. During the past year we have seen a substantial increase in the number of clients arrested after going through police license checkpoints. DUI is different in many important respects from any other criminal charge. We have helped hundreds of clients charged with DUI obtain dismissals, not-guilty verdicts, or reductions to non-DUI offenses such as reckless driving. This category also include a selection of BUI or boating under the influence case results.


Our client was charged with DUI and provided a breath sample of 0.09. This was a case pending in a Lexington County municipal court. Prior to the court date the police department was unwilling to offer any reductions to the charge. We notified them that we would be fully contesting the case in court and had the court schedule a trial date. After we had prepared the case for court they agreed to dismiss the DUI and offer a plea to reckless driving.

We represented a man arrested for DUI after the police found him asleep in a car that had run off of the road and up into a ditch. According to the police he smelled like alcohol and showed other signs of impairment. Prior to trial we negotiated a reduction to too fast for conditions (a type of speeding ticket). The DUI was dismissed and erased from our client’s record.


James Snell obtained a not-guilty verdict on a DUI prosecuted in the Irmo Municipal Court. Our client was pulled over after 3:00 A.M. after being observed driving in the wrong lane. Upon questioning there was an admission at having some alcohol, and the breathalyzer test was refused. Mr. Snell argued to the jury that such a substantial driving error would, if related to intoxication, be substantial intoxication. But the evidence presented didn't show that, and instead the driver was simply tired and also sick. After deliberations the jury found our client not-guilty. As a result there was no fine, no points, no DUI suspension, SR-22 insurance, interlock device, or other penalty imposed.


Our client was charged with a DUI 3rd offense after being pulled over for allegedly swerving between lanes. This was a felony charge pending in General Sessions. Field sobriety tests were administered, and our client was told he "failed." After a review of the evidence, including the video recording of the traffic stop, we negotiated a resolution to reckless driving.


Our client was observed driving his car off of the side of the road. Field sobriety tests were administered that he allegedly failed. After being arrested for DUI he provided a breath sample at 0.18. After review of the evidence, and negotiation with the prosecutor, the charge was ultimately amended to reckless driving.


Our client was stopped on the Interstate for driving over 100 M.P.H. The police officer noticed open beers in the vehicle and our client admitted to drinking. Field sobriety tests were administered and the officer reported that our client "failed." After reviewing the evidence of the case our lawyers determined that the field sobriety tests were not properly administered or scored. Although our client refused the breathalyzer, that suspension was also dismissed by the Office of Motor Vehicle Hearings prior to the trial date. On the day of trial the DUI was reduced to reckless driving. Our client paid a fine to the court for the reckless driving and open container. He was not required to enroll in ADSAP, obtain SR-22 insurance, or have any license suspension.


Our client was involved in a single car accident. When the police responded they reported the odor of alcohol and that he had performed poorly on all standard field sobriety tests. He was arrested for DUI. At the jail he provided a breath sample of 0.14. After identifying potential legal issues with the case he was allowed to plead to reckless driving. The DUI was dismissed.


Our client was pulled over for speeding. When the officer approached the vehicle he believed that the driver smelled like alcohol, and additionally was lethargic indicating drug impairment. The driver did admit to taking some prescription medication and to having drunk the night before. After being arrested he provided a breath sample of 0.05. The DUI charge was resolved through a plea to speeding.


Our client was stopped after other drivers reported seeing his vehicle swerve. After being pulled over he was arrested and charged with DUI. After being arrested he provided a breath sample of 0.18. The DUI charge was resolved through a plea to reckless driving.


We obtained a pre-trial dismissal on behalf of a client who was arrested for DUI near Columbia, South Carolina. Our client was parked on the side of the road with a flat tire. This case was dismissed after Mr. Snell raised the availability of a defense based on an absence of evidence that the defendant had put the vehicle into motion while under the influence of alcohol.


Our client was arrested for DUI after being pulled over for allegedly crossing over the fog line. In addition our client admitted to having consumed some alcohol and provided a breath sample of 0.11. Prior to trial the DUI was dismissed and our client was allowed to plea to reckless driving.


Our client was pulled over after a police officer observed him speeding. He admitted to drinking a beer at a local bar, and then attempted field sobriety tests. At the police station our client submitted a breathalyzer reading of 0.12. After a review of the evidence and discussion with the prosecutor the charge was reduced to reckless driving.


Our client caught the attention of law enforcement after spinning his tires in a bar parking lot. He was pulled over in an adjoining parking lot. He admitted to drinking beer, and then attempted field sobriety tests. After being arrested for DUI was provided a breath sample of 0.18. After retaining our office we field the necessary paperwork to help him challenge both the implied consent suspension as well as the criminal DUI offense. The charge was completely dismissed.


Our client was arrested for a "zero tolerance" DUI based on being under 21. She admitted to drinking and attempted field sobriety tests but refused the breathalyzer. After notifying the prosecutor of potential legal issues with the case the charge was reduced to reckless driving.


Our client was charged with an ABC violation (open container of liquor) and with DUI. After being arrested he provided a breath sample of 0.09. On the day of trial the judge granted our motion to dismiss due to a failure of the state to be able to maintain or provide discovery materials.


Our client was charged with DUI and with Striking Fixtures. A private citizen identified our client by car description and tag number as having committed a "hit and run" on a mailbox. The police followed up by going to the client's home and making the arrest. At the police station our client refused the breathalyzer. After negotiations with the prosecutor the charge was reduced to reckless driving and striking fixtures.


Our client was involved in an incident where his vehicle ran off the road and into a ditch. After being arrested for DUI he was taken the hospital for an alcohol blood test. The result of that test indicated a blood alcohol level of 0.11. Prior to the case being called for trial the charge was reduced to reckless driving.


Our client was arrested at a vehicle license checkpoint for driving under the influence. Prior to the case being called for trial the charge was reduced to public disorderly conduct.


Our client was arrested for DUI and submitted a breath sample of 0.34. After being retained our office filed a notice with the court that we were fully contesting the charge and also submitted discovery motions. Prior to the call of the case for trial the state's main witness was no longer available to testify, and the state would not have been able to proceed over our objections. As a result the charge was dismissed.


Our client was facing two counts of felony DUI with great bodily injury. This was a case prosecuted in General Sessions. Each charge carried a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in the Department of Corrections. After review of the evidence and negotiations with the prosecutor the charges were reduced to a single ticket for reckless driving.


Our client was arrested for a marijuana induced DUI. After a review of the evidence in the case and negotiation with the prosecutor the charge was amended to a speeding ticket.


Our client was a nursing student charged with DUI. She provided a breath sample of 0.17 (putting her in the highest category of DUI 1st cases). It was important for her to avoid a DUI conviction since she was attempting to get into a competitive nursing program. After review of her case and finding some potential issues and discussions with the prosecutor she was allowed to enter a plea to a reduced charge of reckless driving.


Our client was pulled over at night due to a burned out brake light. Client admitted to the police that he has recently smoked marijuana. He participated in field sobriety tests that according to the police indicated multiple "clues" that he was under the influence. On the day his trial was to begin the prosecutor and James Snell negotiated a resolution where he would be allowed to plead guilty to a defective brake light in exchange for a dismissal of the DUI.


Our client was arrested on I-20 and charged with DUI. The charge was based on the our client's driving combined with admissions of prescription drug use. Prior to trial the DUI was amended to a reckless driving.


Our client was arrested and charged with DUI after running a stop light. The charge was completely dismissed prior to trial.


Our client was arrested on I-20 and charged with DUI. Our client was pulled over for allegedly swerving out of his lane. Prior to the trial the DUI was amended to a regular traffic ticket for too fast for conditions.


Our client was charged with DUI and Open Container. On the date of jury selection the prosecutor agreed to dismiss the open container and reduce the DUI charge to reckless driving.


Our client was charged with DUI in Richland County. This was especially concerning for him because he had plans on obtaining his CDL and becoming a professional truck driver. On the day of his scheduled trial the case was dismissed. As a result his record will be expunged and he is now eligible to earn his CDL.


Our client was arrested for DUI after being stopped at a police checkpoint. At the police station he submitted to a breath test and blew a 0.10. After discussing issues related to the checkpoint and the police procedure with the prosecutor, the charge was reduced to a too fast for conditions traffic ticket.


Our client was charged with DUI 1st and provided a breath sample of 0.20. The charge was negotiated to a reckless driving.


Our client was charged with DUI 1st and littering. Both criminal charges were resolved through a negotiated plea to a minor (2 point) traffic ticket.


Our client was charged with DUI after a minor car accident. She was taken to the hospital and submitted to an alcohol and drug blood screening test. The results came back at 0.22 BAC, triggering the highest level of DUI 1st in South Carolina including the new Emma's Law penalties. James Snell filed specific court motions to challenge the admissibility of the blood test results. On the day of trial the prosecution agreed to voluntarily dismiss the DUI, and instead allow our client to plead guilty to a minimum level speeding offense (2 points and an $81 fine).


Our client was charged with DUI after being observed driving the wrong way on the interstate. A 0.20 breath sample was provided, making the case prosecuted at the highest level for DUI 1st in South Carolina. After plea negotiations, the client's charge was reduced to reckless driving.


Our client was charged with DUI and Speeding and refused the breath test procedure. After plea negotiations he was allowed to enter a plea to the speeding violation, resulting in a dismissal of the DUI charge.


Our client was charged with DUI and refused the breath test procedure. After plea negotiations he was allowed to enter a plea to publically disorderly conduct. This is a non-traffic related offense, meaning that although our client had to pay a fine, his car insurance rates and license points are not affected.


Our client was stopped for DUI after another driver reported alleged erratic driving. After being arrested he was taken to the police station where he provided a 0.18 breath sample. After plea negotiations the charge was reduced to reckless driving.


Our client was arrested for driving under the influence. He provided a breath sample that came back at 0.20. This is a very high result, and subjected him to the maximum penalties under South Carolina law for a first offense. After negotiations with the prosecutor concerning legal and other issues involved in the case we were able to negotiate a reduction to reckless driving.


Client was charged with DUI 1st and submitted a 0.18 breath sample. Our investigation indicated errors in the police officer's investigation and handling of the case. As a result the prosecutor agreed to reduce the charge to reckless driving.


Our client was pulled over by city police after failing to use a turn signal. He was subsequently arrested for DUI and provided a 0.12 breath sample. The charge was ultimately reduced to reckless driving.


Our client was charged with DUI 1st by the Richland County Highway Patrol. After presenting the prosecutor with documentation regarding our client's health condition the charge was dismissed prior to trial.


Our client was charged with DUI 1st in Lexington County. After discussions with the prosecutor the charge was dismissed prior to trial.


Client charged with DUI 1st, Driving Under Suspension 3rd, and Open Container. Our client plead to reckless driving, all other charges dismissed.


Client charged with DUI 1st. Client was allowed to plead guilty to a speeding ticket and remit a fine.


Client charged with DUI 1st after a single car accident. Allowed to plead guilty to reckless driving.


Client was arrested for DUI. After submitting a 0.00 breath sample the DUI case continued based on suspicion of drug impairment. Documents produced pursuant to our discovery motions indicated that there were no drugs in our client's system. As a result the DUI was dismissed prior to trial.


Our client was arrested for DUI after being stopped for speeding. After our review of the evidence and pointing out shortcomings in the case with the prosecutor all charges were dismissed prior to trial.


Our client was charged with DUI after being found asleep in a car parked in the road. The DUI was dismissed in exchange for the client's plea to disorderly conduct. Since this was not a moving offense, no points were assessed, there was no license suspension, and no requirement of SR-22 insurance.


Our client was charged with DUI at a 0.13 BAC level. The charge was reduced to reckless driving.


Our client was arrested for DUI after his vehicle left the roadway and entered a ditch. The charge was reduced to reckless driving.


Our client was arrested in the City of Columbia for DUI after he confessed to the officer that he had taken prescription medication. After negotiations the prosecutor agreed to dismiss the DUI in exchange for a plea to reckless driving.


Our client was charged with DUI based on suspicion of drug impairment. The case was dismissed prior to being called for trial.


Client was charged with DUI after being stopped at a Highway Patrol checkpoint. Negotiated reduction to reckless driving.


Our client was charged with DUI 2nd after going through a Highway Patrol checkpoint. He was facing up to one year in the Department of Corrections. Ultimately we were able to negotiate a reduction to reckless driving, and our client paid a $445 fine.


Our client was charged with DUI after going through a Lexington County checkpoint. He participated in field sobriety tests, and admitted to having had beer with a recent meal. He refused the breathalyzer. The DUI charge was dismissed in exchange for a plea to reckless driving.


Richland County DUI charge was dismissed by the Court. Our client did not plead guilty to anything, did not remit a fine, and will have no points assessed against his license.


Lexington County client charged with DUI. Client submitted a breath same and registered a 0.20 BAC, which is substantially higher than the 0.08 guideline standard. After a review of the case James Snell found that the arresting office had not fully complied with mandatory arrest procedures. As a result of this review he was able to negotiate a dismissal of the DUI in exchange for a plea to reckless driving.


Our client was arrested for DUI. She admitted to drinking, took field sobriety tests, and provided a breath sample of 0.10. The DUI charge was reduced to reckless driving with a reduced fine (under $100).


Client was arrested for DUI. After being convicted at trial the South Carolina Court of Appeals reversed the conviction, resulting in no charges for our client. The grounds for the reversal were that the defendant was taken off camera for the breathalyzer test. Although you could hear the test being given, you could not actually see it. This resulted in a published opinion which set precedent for other DUI cases in South Carolina.


Mr. Snell's client was charged with DUI. Mr. Snell's review of the case indicated that the client should not have been arrested. End result was the DUI was dismissed with no plea bargain or concession on the client's part.


The client was charged with DUI and DUS after going through a checkpoint. After negotiations the DUI was dismissed and the client plead guilty to DUS only.


Mr. Snell's client was charged with DUI in August, 2014, and submitted a breath sample. After negotiations the DUI was dismissed and the client plead guilty to reckless driving.


Our client was charged with DUI in July, 2014, after going through a police checkpoint and then completing field sobriety tests. After negotiations the DUI was dismissed and the client plead guilty to reckless driving.


Client was charged with DUI and submitted a breath sample of 0.18. The DUI was dismissed, and client plead guilty to reckless driving.


Client was charged with DUI and submitted a breath sample of 0.14. The DUI was dismissed, and client plead guilty to reckless driving.


Client was charged with DUI 1st after a traffic collision occurring in Lexington County. During a trial held in the Lexington DUI Court, Mr. Snell made a motion to dismiss based on the State's non-compliance with required arrest procedures, as well as insufficiency of evidence actually presented to the Court. The Court granted the motion, resulting in a total dismissal of the DUI charge.


Client was charged with DUI after a single car accident and subsequently admitting to having had 4 or 5 drinks. The DUI was reduced to reckless driving.


Client was charged with DUI. After a pre-trial motion was made by Mr. Snell due to a violation of the State DUI statute by the arresting officer (failure to videotape the field sobriety tests) the charge was dismissed.


Client was charged with DUI in Richland County. After Mr. Snell discovered a serious issue with the State's case, the charge was dismissed.


Client was charged with Boating Under the Influence (BUI) after being stopped on Lake Murray by officers with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. The client was found "not guilty" after a trial.


Client was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) after being involved in a single car accident. Charges were reduced to reckless driving pre-trial.


A client was charged with DUI after a traffic accident (running off the road and into a tree). He refused field sobriety tests or the breathalyzer. After a jury trial he was acquitted of all charges.


Client was charged with DUI in Columbia, SC. This was after a late-night incident where the client's car rolled off of an embankment in a parking lot. The charge was dismissed.


Client was arrested for DUI in Orangeburg County. After law enforcement failed to respond to our requests for copies of the evidence in the case the charge was dismissed.


Our client was charged with DUI and submitted to a breath test registered a 0.10. Our investigation into the facts of our client's arrest indicated that there may have been an issue with whether or not the police officer had legal justification to initially pull our client over. Prior to trial James Snell negotiated a reduction to reckless driving with the prosecutor


Crimes Against Children

Our experience has taught us that a very high percentage of people are accused of child abuse, either physical or sexual, based on false and unfair allegations. These allegations are especially dangerous for the accused. Consider that in South Carolina a sexual abuse charge that carries a minimum prison sentence of 25 years is not legally require to be corroborated by any type of medical or DNA evidence. It is especially important that anyone accused of child abuse consult with an attorney as early on in


James Snell represented the first person to successfully petition the court for removal of lifetime electronic monitoring requirements. The case involved a man who was convicted of lewd act upon a minor (now known as CSC w/ Minor 3rd Degree). As a part of his sentence he was placed on the sex offender registry, required to serve out a period of probation, and then under South Carolina law was subject to continued electronic monitoring. After ten years a defendant is eligible to petition the court for removal of this requirement. Mr. Snell filed that motion, and then represented him at court hearing. The judge found that he was eligible to have the electronic monitor removed.


We were hired to represent a man charged with the forcible rape of his teenage daughter. This was an extraordinarily serious allegation, and our client was facing decades of prison time. Mr. Snell used the preliminary hearing to learn how insufficient the police investigation had been. He then reviewed the discovery materials and found multiple examples of inconsistent statements, including evidence likely manufactured by the accused. After advising the prosecutor that no plea bargain would be accepted the charges were dismissed.


Our client was arrested and charged with cruelty to children. This was after a report was made that a child had been struck with a belt. On the day of trial, after we notified the prosecutor that we were objecting to their planned evidence, the case was ultimately dismissed.


We were retained to represent a young father who was under investigation for sexually abusing his child. Prior to our being retained both parents had meet with the police and had allowed their child to be interviewed. The parents were not allowed to listen in on the interview, but the interview gave them both the impression that the child had made a credible report of abuse. In addition the father had voluntarily participated in a police interrogation session and was told that he appeared deceptive. Although this seems like significant evidence of guilt, we know from representing other clients in similar investigations that you cannot be sure that the feedback clients have received is accurate and that the police aren't simply on a fishing expedition. A few days later we were notified that the police were dropping the investigation and no charges would be brought.


We represented a mother and father who had both been arrested and charged with Cruelty to Children by the Lexington County Sheriff's Department. After the conclusion of the state's case during a jury trial the court granted Mr. Snell's motion for a directed verdict of not-guilty. This resulted in the charges against both defendants being dismissed, and their records will be automatically expunged.


Our client was a young gay man. Through a smart-phone dating app ("Grindr") he met a teenager who had registered into the site as an eighteen year old gay man. The teenager was in fact fifteen years old. As a result of the two meeting our client was charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor 2nd Degree and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. The Criminal Sexual Conduct charge is a serious felony in South Carolina carrying a maximum sentence of up to twenty years and requiring registration on the sex offender registry. We submitted our client to a comprehensive psychological evaluation. We also arranged for a comprehensive defense-oriented follow-up investigation. As a result of the specific circumstances of this case the prosecutor agreed to dismiss the most serious Criminal Sexual Conduct charge and allow the Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor charge to be resolve through Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI). As a result of this resolution our client's criminal charges are both dismissed, the record of the arrest is expunged from his record, he is not required to register as a sex offender, and he did not have to do any jail time, serve any probation, or pay any fine.


Our client was served with court paperwork filed by the Department of Social Services seeking to place him on the central registry of abuse and neglect based on allegations that he had molested a family member. A hearing was held before a Family Court judge. After making a motion to dismiss, based on an objection to unsubstantiated hearsay, the court granted the motion dismissing the DSS petition. Our client was not required to register.


Our client was accused of molesting a young child. After we were retained Mr. Snell notified the police department that our client would not be consenting to any interviews and would not provide any statement. Ultimately the investigation was closed without any charges being filed.


Client was charged with an unlawful assault on a child who had been slapped in the face. Prior to retaining our office the client had admitted to striking the child. After discussions with the prosecutor all charges were dismissed prior to trial.


Client was accused of sexually abusing a five year old child. This had been reported to law enforcement after a forensic interviewer indicated allegations that were suggestive of abuse. Prior to meeting with law enforcement the client contacted Mr. Snell who advised not to meet with or speak to the police. He recommended a private polygraph examination which the client was able to successfully pass. These results were forwarded to the investigator who then closed the case.


Client was charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor and was facing up to twenty years in prison and entrance onto the sex offender registry. The prosecutor initially offered a plea carrying up to fifteen years in prison. After obtaining a report of his mental state criminal charges were dismissed. He was referred for psychiatric treatment and then subsequently released to his family.


Client was arrested and tried for physically assaulting her minor daughter. After Mr. Snell requested that the judge instruct the jury on corporal punishment as a legal defense, the jury returned a verdict of not-guilty.


Misdemeanor Case Results

The following serve as examples for case results for cases prosecuted in either Magistrate or Municipal Courts. Misdemeanor cases are still serious in South Carolina, and in all charges the defendant is at risk of a fine, jail sentence, or criminal record.


We represented a Chapin area man who was arrested for Assault and Battery based on accusations made by a neighbor. We notified the court that we were fully contesting the charge, and that he would not be accepting any plea bargain. A jury trial was held in the Lexington County Magistrate Court. The allegation was that he had assaulted a neighbor woman by pushing her down. Her husband testified that he was a witness to the assault. The trial was conducted by James Snell. On cross-examination he pointed out how the accusers had been inconsistent with their story and provided inaccurate evidence. During closing he argued self-defense, in that the neighbor had come onto our client’s property and initiated the conflict. The jury returned a verdict of not-guilty. As a result this charge will be erased from our client’s record.


James Snell represented a high school student that was charged with theft of some school money. There were two other co-defendants also charged. We immediately began by notifying the court that we were contesting the charge and requested a full copy of the police records about the case. After our review it appeared that there was no actual evidence connecting our client with any theft. At the pre-trial conference we notified the prosecuting officers that our client would not be considering nay plea bargain or PTI referral. The case was then scheduled for trial. On the day of trial the case was dismissed. Our client’s record is being expunged, and he did not have to pay any fines, fees, court costs, or go into PTI.


We represented a client charged with 90 M.P.H. in a 60 M.P.H. zone. At 30 M.P.H. over the speed limit, this is the most serious type of speeding charge in South Carolina. Our client was facing a license suspension in addition to a fine, points, and an increase in car insurance rates. After negotiation with the officer the ticket was ultimately reduced to a 2 point ticket. This saved our client a substantial portion of the fine and car insurance rate increase, and also avoided the suspension.


James Snell was retained to represent a client charged with stalking of an ex-girlfriend. Our client was very concerned that this charge could jeopardize his career. During his review of the case, Mr. Snell discovered that the police investigator had issued a subpoena in violation of South Carolina law. Ultimately the charge was dismissed prior to trial, and the arrest has now been expunged.


Our client was arrested for Assault & Battery 3rd Degree after an altercation with his neighbors. He retained our office prior to his first court date. We filed our initial discovery motions and notified the court that it would be a contested trial. Prior to the actual trial date the prosecutor elected to dismiss the charge.


Our client was charged with Assault and Battery 3rd Degree after an alleged incident involving a neighbor. We notified the court that the case was fully contested. During two pre-trial hearings the government notified the court that they intended on prosecuting the case. On the day of trial, which was approximately two years after the arrest, the government agreed to a dismissal of the charge. The court dismissed the charge and advised the neighbors to try to be more neighborly.


We represented a young man who was charged with receiving stolen property. The factual background was that an area homeowner reported having items stolen. The homeowner conducted his own investigation and found the items at a local resale shop. Law enforcement was contacted and a "detective" obtained the receipt and the surveillance footage where the stolen items were sold by another young man. When the "detective" approached the young man who sold the items to the store he said he didn't steal them, and instead he obtained them for free from our client in a parking lot.

Satisfied with this version of events the "detective" arrested and charged our client with a crime. At the initial court appearance the "detective" informed attorney James R. Snell, Jr., that this case was "open and shut". Undeterred, we notified the court that we were requesting a fully contested trial and obtained the services of a defense investigator. We were able to establish proof that our client was the victim of a conspiracy to frame him, and that he was completely innocent. The charge was then fully dismissed before trial.


Our client was charged with Driving Under Suspension 2nd Offense and Improper Backing. He was faxing up to 90 days in jail, or a fine of over $1,500. On the day of trial, and after our motion to dismiss the charge or suppress the evidence, the judge excluded evidence related to the driving under suspension charge. As a result that charge was dismissed and our client was only required to pay a fine of $237.50.


Our client was charged with Assault 3rd Degree in the Orangeburg County Magistrate court. The case involved an allegation of relationship violence and both parties to the case had been charged. On the day of trial we notified the officer that our client and the other party involved would be refusing to testify pursuant to the 5th Amendment. As a result there was no testimony available to be presented against our client and the court entered a verdict of not-guilty.


Our client was charged with Assault 3rd degree in a case prosecuted in Lexington County Magistrate Court. The case involved a dispute involving his son. After filing and serving a request for trial and initial discovery motions, the arresting officer agreed to dismiss the case prior to trial.


Our client was charged with disregarding a traffic control device, which is a 4 point traffic ticket. This was after a minor car accident at an intersection. After discussions with the prosecuting officer on the day of trial the charge was dismissed.


Our client was charged with Driving Under Suspension (DUS). All charges were dismissed pre-trial.


Our client was charged with public disorderly conduct and trespassing at hotel. The allegations included behaviors indicative of intoxication. We obtained copies of our client's recent medical records to show that the behaviors indicated were likely the result of a medical condition. As a result the prosecutor and judge agreed to a pre-trial dismissal of both charges.


Our client was charged with Assault 3rd in the Lexington County Magistrate Court. Our client was charged after he pushed a man away who was arguing with his wife at his house. Prior to the call of the case attorney James Snell made a pre-trial motion to dismiss based on the Protection of Persons and Property Act. During a hearing on that motion the Court found by that our client was immune from criminal prosecution and dismissed the charge.


Our client was charged with failure to yield the right of way by the South Carolina Highway Patrol. This was after a car accident resulting in property damage. Failure to yield right of way is a four point ticket. After a trial held in the Lexington County Traffic Court our client was found not-guilty. As a result she did not have to pay any fine, have any points go against her license, and the ticket will not increase her car insurance rates.


Our client was a professional truck driver holding a CDL license. He was involved in a "right turn" accident and cited by the Highway Patrol. At a jury trial held before the Lexington County Magistrate Court he was found not-guilty. As a result there are no points assessed against his license and he did not have to pay any court fees or fines.


Our client wanted to report a complaint involving the conduct of a police officer. He made the "mistake" of trying to do so in-person at the police station. In response to his complaint, the police officer elected to arrest him for trespassing. At trial the Court granted our motion for directed verdict, entering a finding of "not guilty."


Our client was pulled over by a small town police officer and cited for failure to have proper documents. However the client did in fact have the proper documents at the time he was stopped. Even though the officer acknowledged that the client had the documentation he still wanted to proceed with prosecution. At the call of the case the court granted our motion to dismiss based on lack of probable cause and prosecutorial misconduct.


Our client was arrested and charged with Assault and Battery 3rd Degree in violation of S.C. Code § 16-3-600. The charge stemmed from an incident with a woman in his home who had consumed alcohol, prescription drugs, and marijuana. At a jury trial conducted in the Lexington County Magistrate Court, Mr. Snell argued that she was over-exaggerating her injuries, manipulated photographic evidence, and that our client's conduct was lawful self-defense. The jury returned a verdict of not-guilty.


Our client received a 4 point traffic ticket after being involved in a motor vehicle accident. After a hearing in the Traffic Court the client was found not guilty. Our client is not responsible for any court fine, and will not have any points assessed against their license.


Out client was arrested for shoplifting at a major retailer. After obtaining documentation that our client's circumstances may be related to a medical condition all charges were dismissed by the prosecutor prior to trial.


Our client was charged with Assault 3rd degree based on an allegation of assaulting a home health worker. On the day the case was scheduled for jury selection Mr. Snell appeared and advised the prosecutor that he was ready for trial. As a result the prosecutor agreed to dismiss the case.


Our client was charged with Simple Possession of Marijuana. James Snell filed motions to require the prosecutor to turn over all the paperwork related to the drug test and proof the substance was correctly placed into police evidence. When the case was first scheduled for trial the officer had not complied with this motion. The court continued the case to allow the prosecutor to comply. After the prosecutor turned the material we determined that the alleged marijuana had been destroyed by the Sheriff's Department prior to the court date. As a result the prosecutor did not have any drugs to submit into evidence, nor were any alleged drugs available for a defense evaluation. On the date of the rescheduled trial the judge granted Mr. Snell's motion to dismiss. Our client's record will be automatically expunged by the court.


Client charged with Assault 3rd degree due to an alleged assault on a family member. Case dismissed by the prosecutor after a mistrial.


Our college aged client was arrested for disorderly conduct after a noise complaint at his apartment complex. Charge dismissed by the prosecutor prior to trial.


Our college aged client was arrested for shoplifting after an incident in a local drugstore. Prior to our client having to appear in front of a judge we negotiated entrance into the pre-trial intervention (PTI) program. Once our client completes the program the charge will be dismissed.


Client was charged with disorderly conduct. A jury trial was held in which the two witnesses for the State were responding police officers. The jury returned a verdict of not-guilty.


Client was arrested and charged with simple assault on an EMS worker. On the day of trial he was requested to plead guilty and not pay any fine. After declining to plead guilty it was learned that the prosecuting police officer had not come to Court. The Court then dismissed the case. Subsequently the police appealed and the dismissal was affirmed by the Circuit Court.


Client was charged in municipal court with reckless driving. On the day of jury trial the court granted a motion to dismiss on the basis of a discovery violation by the police officer. The charge was dismissed.


A client was charged with assault and trespass in Lexington County following a dispute with a neighbor. She was acquitted of all charges after a jury trial.


A client was charged with unlawfully discharging a firearm inside city limits. The charge was for shooting a pistol in an apartment complex parking lot early in the morning while in an argument. After a jury trial he was found not-guilty of the charge.


Client was charged with trespassing on neighbor's land following a dispute. At the day of trial the charges were dismissed by the arresting officer.


Client was cited for speeding and possession of marijuana after being stopped on Interstate I-95 traveling to Florida. The police agreed to dismiss the marijuana charge in exchange for pleading guilty and remitting a fine to the lowest level of speeding in South Carolina.


Client was arrested for shoplifting by the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Department. After retaining our office, we filed and served a jury trial request and discovery motions to require the prosecutor to turn over documentation about the case. On the day of trial, the prosecutor still had not responded to our discovery motions and did not otherwise have any witnesses to present. At the call of the case, Mr. Snell made a motion to dismiss for lack of prosecution; in response the prosecutor agreed to dismiss the charge.


Client charged with driving under suspension. At a bench trial the client was acquitted of the charge after the police were unable to establish that the DMV had timely served the notice of suspension on the defendant.


Client was arrested and charged with violating his probation. He was facing a revocation of up to ten years, which was requested by his probation officer. After a hearing his probation was reinstated and he was allowed to return home.


Client was charged with simple possession of marijuana, possession of alcohol by a minor and a seatbelt violation. Ultimately, it was agreed that in exchange for admitting guilt for not wearing a seatbelt and payment of a $25 fine, the remaining two criminal charges against our client would be dismissed.


Client was charged with simple possession of marijuana after being stopped for speeding. The court granted a motion made by Mr. Snell to suppress the marijuana as being the result of an improper search made by law enforcement. The charges against the client were subsequently dismissed by the Court.


Client was criminally prosecuted for reckless driving. He had actually been arrested and taken to jail for the charge. On the day of his trial, Mr. Snell notified the prosecutor that his client would not be pleading guilty. As a result, the prosecutor finally dismissed the charge. This will result in an expungement of our client's record.


Our client was criminally charged with trespassing at a large store. At the pre-trial conference held in the Magistrate's court, the charge was dismissed.


Client was charged with theft of a school for a tablet after signing for it to be sold to a local pawn shop. The tablet was recovered and returned to the school. After payment of restitution to the pawn shop both the shop and the school agreed to have the charges dismissed.


Our client was charged with minor in possession of alcohol and an unlawful identification card. Our client was a college student. Prior to trial all charges were dismissed, our client was not required to enroll in any program or pay any fine.

General Sessions \ Felony Charges

In South Carolina criminal charges that carry a possible jail sentence of more than thirty days are referred to prosecution in General Sessions. Many of these cases are felonies that carry possible prison sentences of more than one year. Everyone who is charged with an offense prosecuted in General Sessions risks a substantial jail or prison sentence unless they are successful with their defense strategy. The following results also include Federal case results from the United States Court for the District of South Carolina, Columbia Division.


We were hired to represent a client who was incarcerated on a bench warrant. She potentially could have been held in jail for months or longer while her case was waiting to be resolved. After notifying the prosecutor's office of our involvement we were able to obtain an agreement to bring her to court that same week. Once in Court she was represented by Mr. Snell who explained her circumstances to the judge who imposed a time-served sentence. Although she was facing up to six months, she was released with no additional jail, probation, or fine assessed.


We were retained after our client had been served with a failure to appear bench warrant. The underlying charges including a felony 2 nd offense drug possession and a felony charge for possession of contraband in a county jail facility. The felony charges carried sentences of up to five years and ten years respectively. After an evaluation of our client’ discovery materials, including the prior record, it was determined that the 2 nd offense charge was not supported. Although our client had already been indicted by the county grand jury, the prosecutor agreed with our assessment (which involved an analysis of another state’s laws). That reduced that charge to a misdemeanor. The prosecutor offered to dismiss the remaining felony as part of a plea agreement. Our client plead and received a “time-served” jail sentence, which meant no further jail time or probation.

We were retained to represent a client who was charged with discharging a firearm into a dwelling. This is a serious felony, carrying a possible sentence of up to ten years in prison. Our review of the case indicated that although a gun did discharge into a residence, it was not under circumstances indicating an intent to threaten or injury anyone. Ultimately the prosecutor agreed to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct, and our client's sentence was reduced to a small fine.


Our client was arrested after a traffic stop occurring on Highway 6 in the Red Bank community of Lexington County. He was charged with driving under suspension 3rd, possession of controlled substance 3rd, failure to stop for a blue light, driving left of center, simple possession of marijuana, operating uninured, improper passing, failure to signal, and not having a vehicle registration card. At the onset of being retained, Mr. Snell filed a specific objection pursuant to Rule 6 of the South Carolina Rules of Criminal Procedure to any drug test results being admitted in court without requiring all witnesses to testify. Due to this, and a personal issue involving one of the officers involved in the case, the General Sessions prosecutor eventually dismissed the charges pending in that court. The remaining charges remained pending in Magistrate Court. At the initial trial date the prosecuting officer moved for a continuance after he realized that there would not be a guilty plea stating that he needed additional time to prepare the case and obtain the necessary witnesses. The court granted this continuance request. The day before the next scheduled trial date the officer dismissed all remaining charges.


Our office was contacted by an individual now living several states away. He had recently learned that an arrest warrant had been issued for him in Lexington County over twenty years ago. Arrest warrants in South Carolina are not subject to any statute of limitations or expiration date. The warrant was for a felony charge. We hired an investigator to locate the original complainant regarding the warrant. After contacting that individual we were able to negotiate a resolution that involved payment of a restitution amount that resulted in the warrant being dismissed.


Our client was charged with harassment and his case was originally referred to General Sessions. After reviewing the warrant the factual allegations of the case Mr. Snell determined that the case should be remanded back to misdemeanor court. After the case had been remanded it was ultimately dismissed by the prosecutor on the day of trial. Our Our client will now be eligible to have his record expunged (cleared) of any record of the charge.


Our client was charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct (rape) regarding an alleged assault against an ex-girlfriend. Although our client attempted to cooperate with the police investigators before he contacted our office, he was unsuccessful in dissuading them from charging him. He was arrested out of state and spent over three weeks in custody (without a bond hearing) to be extradited back to South Carolina. It was during this time period that the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, was retained. The very next day that we were hired our investigator flew over 900 miles from the Columbia airport to meet with our client in the out of state jail. We also ordered relevant police reports. After evaluating the case we determined that there was insufficient evidence support the charge. After consultation with the prosecutor's office they agreed, which resulted in a total dismissal of our client's charges. This was a very significant result for our client as the dismissal saved him from possible lengthy prison sentence and sex-offender registration.


Our client was arrested for Hit & Run and Assault 2nd Degree. He was facing up to three years in prison. Our office conducted a pre-trial investigation which uncovered additional evidence and a new witness to his case. As a result all charges were dismissed.


Client was charged with violating the Habitual Offender law and facing a possible sentence of up to five years imprisonment. The charge was dismissed prior to trial.


Client was charged with unlawful prescription drug possession. This was a case prosecuted by the Solicitor's office in General Sessions. After discussions with the prosecutor the charges were dismissed.


Client was charged with multiple counts of armed robbery as part of a home invasion scheme. There were multiple eyewitnesses, not all of whom cooperated with law enforcement. Investigating police officers reported, at least initially, that the client had confessed. All charges were dismissed prior to trial.


Our client was arrested for a felony possession of a stolen motorcycle after being stopped by the Highway Patrol. When the officer ran the VIN of the motorcycle it was flagged as being close to a VIN of a bike reported stolen. Our client was arrested from the side of the road, taken to jail and had his bike impounded. Although the initial "offer" from the prosecutor was a request to plead guilty, the charge was ultimately dismissed before the case was called for trial.


Our client was charged with armed robbery and facing 10-30 years in prison. This was for a robbery occurring at a grocery store where a clerk gave money out of a cash register. After negotiations with the prosecutor he was allowed into the pre-trial intervention (PTI) program. After successfully completion all charges were dismissed.


Client was charged with theft of public funds (over $125,000) in a case prosecuted in Federal Court by the U.S. Attorney's office. Client retained Mr. Snell as soon as the law enforcement investigation began in earnest, allowing us an opportunity to be involved with an FBI investigation. Even though our client had confessed to embezzlement of a high dollar amount, the case was ultimately resolved through a sentence of house arrest and probation.


Client was charged with illegal re-entry into the United States. This was a case pending in Federal Court and prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's office. After researching the client's prior record Ms. Snell was able to determine that he did not have a prior drug conviction for sentencing purposes as determined by the government. After sharing our legal research the government changed its position on that issue, assisting our client in avoid a recommended additional prison sentence under the Sentencing Guidelines.


Client was charged with first degree burglary and was facing 15 years to life imprisonment. Initially he was represented by another law firm. At a bond hearing an eyewitness identified him as the suspect and the court denied bond. Mr. Snell was subsequently retained and after our investigation discovered facts not found by the police the prosecutor agreed to drop all charges.


Mr. Snell's client was charged with hit & run in Lexington County, and faced a sentence of up to one year in the South Carolina Department of Corrections. Client was referred into the pre-trial intervention program resulting in a dismissal of the charge.


Client was charged with assaulting a jail guard. After obtaining a report on his psychological condition all charges were dismissed.


Client was prosecuted for trafficking in marijuana. Our client was a resident where law enforcement executed a search warrant and found several bales of marijuana. All charges were dismissed prior to trial.


Client was arrested for second degree burglary related to a house break in. He was referred into the pre-trial intervention program (PTI) which resulted in all charges being dismissed.


Client was charged with trafficking in crack cocaine and was facing up to twenty five years in prison. After investigating the circumstances surrounding the arrest surrounding the arrest all charges were dismissed pre-trial.


Client was charged with possession of crystal meth and criminal conspiracy in General Sessions. This was after law enforcement responded to a "party" in a motel room. All charges were dismissed prior to trial.

Discuss Your Case with a Lexington Criminal Attorney Today

In addition to all of the foregoing, there have been many clients who we have helped receive favorable plea bargains resulting in terms of probation or greatly reduced sentences, individuals charged with DUI who have been allowed to plead guilty to reckless driving or other traffic offenses and individuals charged with felony or misdemeanor domestic violence whose charges were dismissed after completion of the pre-trial intervention program.

If you are interested in learning what possible outcomes may be possible for your case, or discussing any potential legal or factual defenses to your charge, contact the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC. Free consultations are provided to those who meet personally with an attorney at our office. The Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC cannot and does not make any promises or guarantee as to how any particular criminal case will be resolved. In addition to positive outcomes like dismissals, favorable plea bargains, pre-trial diversion or not-guilty verdicts, criminal charges may also result in jail\prison sentences, fines and/or criminal records.

*Nothing herein should create an expectation as to how your case will be resolved.

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