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Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC

Are you a South Carolina resident who has been accused of a crime? Our law office can provide you with the skilled legal representation you are searching for. While the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, maintains its headquarters in the town of Lexington, we also maintain a satellite office location in Columbia. We regularly appear in Richland County area courts, including the City of Columbia located at 811 Washington Street, and at Richland County General Sessions, located at 1701 Main Street, and the Richland County Central Court located at 2500 Decker Boulevard.

Our law office is well-rounded and able to handle various types of criminal cases. We handle allegations that involve everything from simple traffic offenses to sex crimes. Some cases we deal with involve violent crimes (such as domestic violence and manslaughter), while others involve non-violent offenses (such as property crimes and drug crimes). Whether you are facing a misdemeanor or a felony, you will need the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney so you can properly to carry out the best defense plan for your case.

Crime in South Carolina

The state of South Carolina has crime rates that are above the national median, both in the areas of violent crime and property crime. The state's violent crime rate is 5.72 (representing 5.72 annual violent crimes per 1,000 residents), compared to the national median violent crime rate of 3.9. The state's property crime rate is 39.04, compared to the national median of 29.1. South Carolina has a combined crime rate of 44.76. In 2011, there were a total of 209,445 crimes that occurred in the state (which included 26,760 violent crimes and 182,685 property crimes). In South Carolina, there is a 1 in 175 chance of becoming a violent crime victim and a 1 in 26 chance of becoming a property crime victim.

The violent crimes measured in these statistics include assault, robbery, rape and murder. The property crimes include theft, motor vehicle theft and burglary.

South Carolina, which is located in the Southeastern United States, is the 24th most populous state and the 40th most extensive state in the nation. It is comprised of 46 counties, and its state capital—and largest city—is Columbia. Richland County is the state's second most populous county, and Lexington County is known as one of the state's and the region's fastest-growing areas. According to 2012 population estimates, the state of South Carolina has more than 4.7 million residents. As of January 15, 2018, there were 19,946 inmates assigned to the South Carolina Department of Corrections.

Challenging Criminal Charges

If you are currently dealing with criminal charges, don't delay in retaining the right lawyer. With the help of a capable legal professional, you might be able to get a charge reduction, dismissal or acquittal. Dealing with the criminal justice system can be both complicated and intimidating. By working with the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC you can have the confidence of knowing that a capable legal professional is handling your case.

We are members of multiple respected professional organizations, including the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National College for DUI Defense, Nation Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, South Carolina Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice. We have handled literally thousands of criminal cases in South Carolina courts, and are able to put that experience to work for our clients.

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