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James R. Snell, Jr.


Mr. Snell has tried cases to verdict in all types of South Carolina courts including General Sessions, Common Pleas, Probate, Family Court, and the Administrative Law Court. He has argued before the South Carolina Supreme Court as well as the South Carolina Court of Appeals. He is admitted to practice before the United States District Court, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court, and has even received a 10/10 "Superb" rating from Avvo. He accepts criminal cases in all South Carolina counties. Mr. Snell offers a free consultation to those who are under investigation or who have been arrested for any South Carolina crime.

He is experienced in DUI defense in cases ranging from traffic court level first offense DUI through felony DUI with death. He has obtained results to include dismissals, favorable reductions, and not-guilty verdicts in a variety of cases, including those involving high blood alcohol content or accidents. Although no lawyer can ever promise you a result in your specific case, his policy is that if your charge is not dismissed or reduced to your satisfaction, he will not hesitate to fully contest all aspects of it in court.

Mr. Snell is a member of the National College of DUI Defense. This organization presents some of the finest DUI defense courses in the country. As a member, Mr. Snell attends national caliber DUI defense training on an annual basis, and has completed the National College of DUI Defense’s intensive summer session held at the Harvard Law School.

These seminars are in addition to other criminal defense and DUI law programs presented by the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the South Carolina Bar Association, and the Lexington County Bar Association. Additionally Mr. Snell has been a presenter in DUI law for both other attorneys to fulfill their Continuing Legal Education requirements and in 2016 presented at a training seminar for approximately 80 Magistrate Court judges on the topic of DUI law.

In addition, he has completed a training course in DUI Detection and Field Sobriety Testing based on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration curriculum. This is the same type of training provided to South Carolina police officers as the foundation of DUI investigative techniques. Mr. Snell was selected as a 2017 “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers. This designation is made after a multi-step peer evaluation process were other attorneys nominated and evaluated Mr. Snell’s credentials and reputation.

Mr. Snell's Services

  • Listen to you to understand your circumstances and your goals
  • Give you honest answers to your questions and a realistic assessment of your case
  • Only work to achieve your goals and objectives, and not that of the police or prosecution
  • Remain accessible to you throughout the duration of your case

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 South Carolina Criminal Defense Lawyer
  • National College for DUI Defense, General Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • South Carolina Association for Justice, Member
  • South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Lexington County Bar Association, Past-President
  • South Carolina Bar Fee Dispute Board, Member
  • Certified South Carolina Circuit Court Mediator
  • Certified South Carolina Circuit and Family Court Arbitrator

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Driving Under the Influence
  • Juvenile Defense
  • Appeals & Post Conviction Relief
  • Drug Offenses
  • Corporate Compliance
  • Criminal Domestic Violence
  • Federal Offenses
  • University Student Defense
  • Child Abuse
  • Civil Litigation
  • Embezzlement
  • Tax Evasion
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Serious Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death


University of South Carolina, School of Law
Columbia, South Carolina
J.D. Law

Harvard University, Extension School
Cambridge, Massachusetts
G.C. Marketing Management

Limestone College
Gaffney, South Carolina
B.S. Business Administration and Computer Science

Community Involvement

Mr. Snell and his office are actively involved in local affairs. Mr. Snell was recently recognized by the Town of Lexington for ten years of service as a member of the Board of Building Code Appeals. He was previously a member of Alumni Board of Directors for Limestone College. Additionally every month his office makes a donation to a worthy charitable cause.

To schedule your confidential consultation to meet personally with Mr. Snell call his office today at (888) 301-3532.

  • Super Lawyers
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 10.0 Superb Rating on Avvo
  • Accredited Business by the Better Business Bureau
  • The National Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National College for DUI Defense

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