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David B. Tarr

Criminal defense Attorney at Columbia, SC

5.0   8 reviews

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Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, David knew early on that he wanted to practice law in his hometown and give back to the community that’s given so much to him. After graduating from Law School, David spent two years in Richland County as a public defender, before opening the doors to the Law Office of David B. Tarr in the year 2000. 

David has a unique relationship with each of his clients that goes beyond the attorney-client relationship. He’s always been interested in people, but as a criminal defense lawyer, he’s also invested in them and what their futures hold.

After over twenty years as a criminal defense lawyer, David continues to be humbled by the trust and faith his clients have in him. As a father of three, David has gained an even deeper appreciation of what it means truly dedicate yourself to someone or something you value and care about. His love for his own family makes him that much more aware of how important the cases he defends are. He believes that in defending and protecting people’s rights, it’s not just about the person he’s representing. It’s also about their grandmother, their dad, their siblings, it’s a family affair, and they’re all looking to him for guidance in what, for them, is usually uncharted territory.

Focused solely on criminal defense, David represents people facing a variety of criminal charges, including DUI, juvenile offenses, drug charges, shoplifting and theft charges, and capital murder. David Tarr values each of his clients and genuinely wants the best for them, he is available when you need him, and will vigorously defend you in the legal system.

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Attorney David B. Tarr is a member of the NORML Legal Committee.
The law office of criminal defense attorney David B. Tarr, on Elmwood Ave in Columbia, SC.
Licensed for 27 years
State SC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1995
Updated 11/24/2022

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Law Office of David B. Tarr, LLC
1313 Elmwood Ave Ste B
Columbia, SC, 29201-2155


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Posted by Richard | November 1, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer!
Mr. Tarr did a great job on my case. David works hard for his clients and is willing to go the extra mile for his clients. I recommend him to anyone searching for a criminal defense lawyer in Columbia, David will get the job done. Thanks again David!
Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable Attorney Who Gets Results
I called David Tarr a couple of days before my court date, and after consulting with him on the phone, I felt confident about hiring him. He knows the law and was able to guide me through the process that I would potentially go through. I'm so grateful that I did because what could have been a DUI was changed to a traffic ticket, and it was all over quickly. I am now able to move on with my life, and would recommend David Tarr to anyone in this situation. He was very professional and easy to work with.
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Posted by Illinois | April 7, 2018
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David did a superb job at getting my DUI expunged. The consistency and accuracy that he provided for me was excellent. He literally saved me from the extreme inconvenience that would have occurred in my life if I would have had a DUI on my record. I would highly recommend him to anyone trying to win a case.
Posted by Mike | April 13, 2017
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Highly recommended
David Tarr totally saved me from going to drug court. He did everything he could and got my charges expunged. David is very easy to get along with, genuinely cares about his clients and is always available by phone or email. His knowledge and experience got me out of jail and kept me out of the court system for a very reasonable price. I am very thankful for his excellent services and would recommend his practice to anyone in need. I can not thank David enough for his invaluable help and determined efforts to help me through this situation.
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Posted by Dr Shakir | January 20, 2017
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Great Example
My nephew situation changed, I talked with David Tarr he was available and willing to take my nephew case he gave me great information if my nephew circumstances change I will hire him on the spot
Posted by Paul | December 17, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
David is the best!
David is an awesome defense attorney! He's also a genuinely nice guy. I was wrongfully accused, and David was able to see to it that the case never went to trial. The results were nothing less than superb. I have and will continue to recommend him as the man to go to for legal counsel.
Posted by Ka'aina | December 8, 2016
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Great lawyer!
Mr.Tarr did an amazing job on my case! He was very easy to contact and always available phone call or text. He took my case very seriously, worked hard and got it dismissed. I would definitely use his services again if need. Takes pride in his work and it shows.
Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2016
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Great attorney with great rates!!!
...In it for the long haul David took my case and defended me in it for over two years and won! Once we agreed on a fee (which was very reasonable and never went up) he never attempted to convince me to take a plea deal just to dispose of the case so he could move on to the next one. Attorneys are busy people yet he always returned my calls and txt within a couple of hours, even when he was out of town. If your looking for an attorney who won't be pushed around in a courtroom and will stand up for you no matter how long it takes then call David Tarr!
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  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • 1995


  • South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • NORML Legal Committee
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present

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Columbia Criminal defense Lawyer David B. Tarr
David B. Tarr
Criminal defense Attorney
Columbia, SC
Licensed for 27 years