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James Ross Snell

DUI and DWI Attorney at Lexington, SC

5.0   10 reviews

also known as James R. Snell Jr.


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About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    50%
    DUI 1st in Lexington and Richland County, Town of Lexington, Irmo, Cayce, West Columbia, City of Columbia, General Sessions DUI cases, DUI cases in all other parts of South Carolina and appeals. Published author and speaker on DUI law.

    19 years

  2. Criminal defense
    30%
    Representation of clients in Federal and South Carolina Felony and Misdemeanor criminal cases including domestic violence (DV), driving under the influence (DUI), drug charges, theft, violent crimes, white collar crimes, probation violations, and appeals.

    19 years

  3. Sex crime
    5%
    We regularly represent clients charged with criminal sexual conduct, sexual exploitation, criminal solicitation, spousal sexual battery, and all other child molestation or rape charges.

    19 years

  4. Violent crime
    5%
    Representations for violent felony charges such as murder, manslaughter, armed robbery, felony domestic violence, and other offenses.

    19 years

  5. White collar crime
    5%
    We have a free report on South Carolina embezzlement law we can e-mail upon request. We have experience with tax evasion, money laundering, breach of trust, and related charges in state and federal court.

    19 years

  6. Federal crime
    4%
    We defend clients charged in federal court including drug conspiracy, embezzlement, child pornography, and other violations of federal law. Admitted to practice before the US District Court, 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, and US Supreme Court.

    19 years

  7. Juvenile law
    1%
    We represent students in school discipline and expulsion hearings, and also represent juvenile defendants facing criminal charges in the Family Court.

    19 years

Facing a serious legal case in Lexington or Columbia? Our office helps those charged with serious criminal offenses save their employment, freedom and standing in the community. We have been helping area residents since 2004, and is an A+ accredited member of the Better Business Bureau.  

Mr. Snell is not only an attorney, but is also a published author. He has written books on DUI and domestic violence defense, as well as legal reports on a variety of topics. Free information about your case type is available by contacting our office. As many legal matters are urgent, we frequently can offer same-day appointments, and are able to immediately begin the investigation and legal proceedings necessary for your case. 

You can view hundreds of sample case results on our website (any result that James R. Snell, Jr., achieved on behalf of one client in one matter does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other client). Your first step is to contact us for a free, no obligation appointment. 

-Past President of the Lexington County Bar Association

-Diplomate, National Trial Lawyer's Association (Top 100 Member for South Carolina)

-Member National College for DUI Defense

-Member South Carolina Association for Justice 

-Member South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys

-Graduate Certificate from Harvard University

Photos and videos

Criminal defense attorney James Snell explains the concept of reasonable doubt, and what it means to your case.
Criminal defense attorney James Snell talks about Criminal Domestic Violence, or CDV, in South Carolina.
Criminal defense attorney James Snell talks about the differences between an arrest and a conviction for CDV in South Carolina.
South Carolina Criminal Defense attorney James Snell discusses the loss of a license after a DUI arrest and how he helps clients restore their license.
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Licensed for 18 years
State SC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2004
Updated 01/22/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact James

Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC
123 Harmon Street
Lexington, SC, 29072
Law Office Of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC
1735 St. Julian Place
Suite 302
Columbia, SC, 29204
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Reviews

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Posted by DWAYNE | December 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
EXCELLENT ATTORNEY
If you need an Attorney for a CDV charge James Snell is the absolute best by far! His knowledge of the laws and his ability to mediate a situation are exactly what you need. I had an EXCELLENT outcome in my case and I highly recommend this young man!
Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Family Care
My son hired Mr. Snell to assist him on his case, but I wanted to thank Mr. Snell personally for the care he takes with family members of his clients. He kept me informed with my son's permission of his case and did so professionalism and care for families concerns.
Posted by Lisa | November 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helped me with my case
I was really unsure about my case. I was really glad I hired Mr. Snell. He really made a big difference for me. I would recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Robert | November 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
James Snell and his staff were incredibly respectful and sensitive to my needs. The results of their efforts were better than I hoped for. Highly recommend them.
Posted by Kevin | May 2, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great law firm all around
This is one of the best law firms in have ever dealt with from the young lady who answered the phone and took my info down and had James call me back within a couple of hours and he was a great help. I am from out of state and had an issue that I needed resolved and couldn't get a hold of anyone at the courthouse so Googled lawyers in SC and they came up and he helped me out with a great consultation. I would definitely recommend Snell law firm to anyone including friend and family.
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Posted by anonymous | March 19, 2015
True professional
Mr. Snell is very passionate about his profession. Every question or concern was handled very carefully. The entire office was very helpful in making me feel taken care of and helping me proceed with all necessary paperwork. I would recommend him to anyone!
Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2013
Wills - Health care needs
Mr. Snell was very knowledgeable in helping myself and my husband with our wills and health care power of attorney's. He made the decisions very easy by explaining in detail how best to proceed with all necessary forms. I have recommended Mr. Snell to several friends and will continue to do so in the future.
Posted by Karen | October 23, 2013
Knowledgeable, helpful, patient.
Mr. Snell's office was prompt in responding to my call after my arrest. I have never been in legal trouble before and was unsure of what to expect. Mr. Snell was never judgemental and very patient in allowing me to state my case so to speak. He carefully explained all the options available to me in relation to my case and never pushed me to make any legal moves I did not want to make. He was always quick to answer any questions I had as things progressed and kept me in the loop with any developments and information that I needed to be aware of. If anyone needs a criminal defense attorney, I would highly recommend him. He is there to help and guide, not to judge, and I feel like he did his job very well.
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Posted by Sheena | May 29, 2013
Excellent lawyer would recommend to anyone!
Excellent lawyer. Got myself into a lot of trouble with a very serious charge and he got it brought down and no jail time! He came in the middle of the night spur of the moment to be there when I needed him and I was 2 hours away. He also kept me very informed the whole time and never rushed me off the phone, he always answered all my questions thoroughly and was very nice and helpful.
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Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2010
Extremely Knowledgable and Completely Honest
Mr. Snell and his staff made me feel at ease. He is extremely knowledgable about the law and what I was charged with.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Litigation Attorney
  • Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC
  • 2004 - Present

Education

  • Harvard Univeristy
  • ALM - Masters in the Field of Management
  • 2020
  • Harvard Kennedy School of Government
  • Certificate of Completion Mastering Negotiation
  • 2019
  • Harvard University
  • Graduate Certificate
  • 2016
  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Limestone College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2001
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Legal Cases

  • Misty Lake Association vs. Bridleridge Homeowner's Association, 2013-UP-011
  • Affirmed
  • State vs. Johnson, 396 S.C. 182, 720 S.E. 2d 516 (S.C. App. 2011)
  • Reversed - DUI Dismissed
  • Smith vs. Moonglo, 2011-UP-151
  • Affirmed
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Associations

  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • General Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • General Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • General Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Fee Dispute Committee Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Supreme Court Peer Mentor Committee
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Fourth Circuit Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Association for Justice, Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Town of Lexington
  • Board of Building Code Appeals
  • 2005 - Present
  • United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Limestone College
  • Alumni Board of Directors
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • South Carolina Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Lexington County Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 2003 - Present
  • A+ Rating
  • BBB
  • N/A
  • Lexington County Bar Association
  • Chair
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Spartanburg County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2009
  • South Carolina Bar, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Legal Elite
  • Columbia Business Monthly
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Summer Session Graduate
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • 2015
  • Certified Mediator
  • South Carolina Supreme Court Commission on CLE and Specialization
  • 2014
  • DUI Detection and Field Sobriety Testing
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Standards
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013
  • Certified Circuit Court Mediator
  • South Carolina Supreme Court Commission on CLE and Specialization
  • 2009
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Publications

  • Word Association Press
  • Challenging CDV 2nd Edition
  • 2016
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Speaking Engagements

  • Magistrate Advisory Council Intensive Training Seminar
  • DUI Law
  • 2016
  • Probate Committee
  • Wrongful Death Claims
  • 2014
  • Criminal Law CLE
  • DUI Law & Improving the Client Experience
  • 2014
  • DUI - What every lawyer needs to know
  • DUI Defense - Background for lawyers
  • 2013
  • Criminal Law Essentials
  • Criminal Defense Practice
  • 2013
  • Social Media and Internet Law
  • Social Media and Internet Law
  • 2012
  • Criminal Law Essentials
  • Criminal Law
  • 2011
  • Talk Legal Radio Program
  • Driving Under the Influence
  • 2010
  • Talk Legal
  • Legal Practice
  • 2010
  • Talk Legal Radio Program
  • Criminal Domestic Violence
  • 2009
  • Criminal Law CLE
  • Criminal Law CLE
  • 2008
  • Lexington County Library
  • Introduction to South Carolina Probate Law
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (26)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Other
"I heard Jim speak at a legal seminar. He definitely focuses on providing value to his clients. I will be using what Jim spoke about in my practice. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is a brilliant attorney. Combine this with his accessible personality and fierce advocacy and you have the makings of a legend. Highly recommended."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent Criminal Defense Lawyer with substantial experience!"
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer for his practice in personal injury!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very knowledgeable and professional attorney, I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James Snell is an excellent attorney with many years of experience. I would strongly recommend him to anyone seeking an attorney in the areas he practices in."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jim Snell without hesitation. I have known Jim since law school, and regularly refer clients to him when they need an attorney in the Columbia/Lexington area."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Smart lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Jim Snell is a Knowledgeable and capable attorney well versed in many areas of practice. Mr, Snell is experienced in Criminal Defense, Such as; sex crimes, DUI, Criminal Domestic violence and violent crimes. Mr. Snell also has a practice devoted to Civil practice including but not limited to; Personal injury, car accidents, Corporate work, and workman's nsation."
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