The Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, is a full-service DUI defense
law firm with offices in Lexington and Columbia, South Carolina. The office
was opened in 2004. All attorneys are members of the National College
for DUI Defense. We represent clients charged with
DUI and related criminal charges in all area courts.
In order to achieve the best possible results for our clients we utilize
systematic approach to the analysis and defense of any DUI charge.
OUR DUI DEFENSE SYSTEM
- We will file paperwork with the traffic court automatically cancelling
your first court date. This paperwork will advise the court that attorney
James Snell is your attorney of record, and will put the court and the
police department on notice that we are contesting your case.
- If you received a Notice of Suspension form at the time of your arrest
(such as for refusing a breath\urine test, or submitting a high-level
BAC result), we will also immediately file a petition to challenge this
suspension. This is done the same or very next business day.
- At the same time we file paperwork with the court and serve on the police
department or prosecutor’s office asking for copies of all of the
relevant documentation or evidence about your case. This is a process
called discovery. Discovery requests include things such as the roadside
video, officer’s narrative report, breath, urine or blood test results,
and scoring sheet for any field sobriety tests.
- When we receive the discovery materials (usually in a 4-6 weeks) we will
send you a complete copy for your review. We’ve found that some
of our clients enjoy studying these details of their case, others choose
to not relive their arrest. Either way, we want to make sure it is made
- Your complete case will be evaluated by James Snell and at least one additional
lawyer in our office. They will be looking for all possible avenues of
defense, including issues related to the police officer’s own compliance
with South Carolina DUI arrest laws. The lawyers review each case separately,
and then confer to review each other’s findings to make sure that
no relevant issue was overlooked. This review looks for and considers
literally hundreds of possible issues and defenses in your case (current
count of our main checklist is 397).
- When helpful, our lawyers, and potentially even a private investigator
obtained by our firm, will travel to your arrest location to personally
view the site and to look for any unusual conditions such as rough or
uneven terrain or other circumstances which cast doubt on the credibility
of the field sobriety tests or other aspects of the officer’s conclusion.
- After our review we will be prepared to discuss the case, including our
findings and opinions regarding potential defense strategies with our
client. Most clients choose to come in for an in-person meeting to review
their case, but these discussions can also occur by telephone if more
convenient for our client.
- During the case review meeting we will review with you likely settlement
offers you may receive from the prosecution, as well as a complete explanation
of the defenses to be raised should you choose to take your case to trial.
- Most area courts will schedule a pre-trial conference before an actual
court date. This is an opportunity for us to meet with the prosecutor
to discuss a settlement (plea-bargain) in your case. Because you’ll
have meet with us before the pre-trial date, you’ll have an idea
as to whether or not you are going to want to accept any specific offer
or not. The rule in our office is that unless the case is dismissed, or
reduced to a level that our client feels is in their best interest we
want to continue to fight the case in trial.
- If your case is dismissed or reduced to your satisfaction, then you can
accept that result at a pre-trial. If not, the case will be scheduled
for a contested trial to be conducted later. At trial all of the issues
uncovered during our multi-attorney review process will be raised to the
court and argued as reasons for your case to be dismissed.
If you’ve been arrested for DUI your first step should be to
contact our office at 1-888-301-3532 and schedule your initial consultation with a DUI defense attorney. We
represent clients in all area DUI courts including in Lexington, Columbia,
Camden, Newberry and Saluda.