James R. Snell, Jr.

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Lexington, South Carolina

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

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, DUI-DWI, Personal Injury; view more

Licensed in South Carolina since: 2004

Education: University of South Carolina School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2017
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Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC

123 Harmon Street
Lexington, SC 29072 Visit website


A native of South Carolina, James R. Snell, Jr. is the founder of the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, in Lexington. Primarily a criminal defense attorney, he represents people statewide accused of felonies and misdemeanors, including:

  • Driving Under Influence (DUI)
  • Juvenile defense
  • Federal offenses
  • Child abuse
  • White collar crimes
  • Tax evasion
  • Embezzlement

After completing his undergraduate studies at Limestone University in 2001, Mr. Snell joined the University of South Carolina School of Law for his legal studies. He also holds a Master of Liberal Arts degree in the field of management from Harvard University. He obtained his Juris Doctor in 2004 and was admitted to practice law by the South Carolina Bar the same year. 

Mr. Snell is authorized to practice law before federal and appellate courts across the state, including the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. He is also certified by the Supreme Court of South Carolina Commission on CLE and Specialization as a circuit court mediator. 

An empathetic and compassionate attorney, Mr. Snell works closely and patiently with his clients to understand their circumstances in a better way, and thereby provides them personalized and effective solutions. He carefully analyzes each case that he takes up and ensures to set realistic expectations with his clients. 

Lexington Life Magazine’s readers voted Mr. Snell as one of the Best “Criminal Defense” attorneys consecutively for five years. Along with holding a 10/10 rating on Avvo, he also received the Legal Elite award from the Columbia Business Monthly. 

Honoring his professional excellence and achievements, The National Trial Lawyers Association recognized Mr. Snell as a diplomat member. He served as the president of the Lexington County Bar Association and is currently actively involved with various other organizations such as the American Association for Justice, the National College for DUI Defense, the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the South Carolina Bar’s Resolution of Fee Disputes Board. 

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Animal Bites, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault, Assault & Battery, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, DUI/DWI, Dram Shop Laws, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Probation, Sex Offenses, Slip and Fall, Tax Evasion, Theft, Toxic Mold, Traffic Violations, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 40% Criminal Defense
  • 30% Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 20% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10% Civil Litigation: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 2004, South Carolina

Professional Webpage: https://www.snelllaw.com/our-firm/james-r-snell-jr-/

Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Limestone College, Alumni Board of Directors, Member
  • Town of Lexington, Board of Building Code Appeals, Member, 2005
  • 11th Judicial Circuit Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee, Member, 2016
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • National College for DUI Defense, General Member
  • South Carolina Association for Justice, Member
  • United States Supreme Court
  • National College for DUI Defense, Member
  • United States Tax Court, 2005
  • United States District Court, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • 11th Circuit Chair, SC Bar Fee Dispute Committee, 2017
  • Lexington County Bar Association, Past-President, 2008
  • South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Law enforcement is trying to put the brakes on drunk drivers with awareness campaigns, increased patrols, and help from the courtroom. Lexington attorney James R. Snell, Jr., was interviewed by WACH Fox 21 regarding these efforts., James Snell interviewed by WACH Fox News, 2013
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified South Carolina Circuit and Family Court Arbitrator, 2014
  • Certified South Carolina Circuit Court Mediator, 2009
Educational Background:
  • Harvard University, A.L.M. (Masters) in the Field of Management, 2020
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, 2004
  • Limestone College, B.S., Majors: Business Administration and Computer Science, 2001
  • DUI Detection & Field Sobriety Testing Instructor Course, 2022
  • Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), Drugged Driving Detection Training Course, 2018
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Standards, DUI Detection and Field Sobriety Testing course, 2013, 2013
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Recognized by the Lexington Chamber of Commerce as the Small Business of the Month, 2022
  • Recognized by the Town of Lexington for ten years of service as a member of the Board of Building Code Appeals, 2015
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Challenging CDV, now in it's third edition, is the book written on the topic of South Carolina domestic violence law and defense procedures. , Challenging CDV, 3rd Edition, 2022
  • Lectured on the topic of South Carolina DUI Law and Defense Strategies to the South Carolina private investigator's conference, Speaker, South Carolina Private Investigator's Association Conference, 2022
  • Word Association Press, Author, Challenging CDV, 2014
  • In Challenging CDV (Criminal Domestic Violence), South Carolina criminal defense attorney James R. Snell, Jr., gives you the tools you need to understand domestic violence prosecutions. It is not unusual to be frightened and confused about how to proceed after being arrested. This book answers such questions as: Is domestic violence a misdemeanor or a felony? Did the police have enough evidence to legally arrest me? Can I go to jail if I am not guilty or have no prior criminal record? What is a no contact bond restriction and how can it be lifted? What if I was the victim but was arrested and charged as the abuser? How should I plead in court? Should I trust the judge to protect me against a false or unfair charge? What can be done to help avoid a criminal conviction? Assuming the system will automatically protect you against a false or unfair conviction can lead to disastrous results. Learning the truth about these prosecutions and why domestic violence is different from other charges can make the difference between being branded a domestic violence criminal and restoring your good name. You will provide yourself with the best chances for success when you take the time to learn about the law and available defense strategies. James R. Snell, Jr., counsels his clients from his Lexington, South Carolina office. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law. His practice accepts domestic violence and other serious criminal defense cases throughout South Carolina. Mr. Snell also operates the website www.cdvlawyer.com., Author, Challenging CDV (2nd Edition), Legal, 2016
  • For even the most seasoned attorney admitted to practice in the State of South Carolina, defending DUI cases has always presented special challenges. Today mounting a successful defense is more difficult than ever. Now you have the advantage with South Carolina DUI Defense: The Law and Practice. This text and supplementary DVD contains the most important information to help you attain a successful verdict. Written by James R. Snell Jr. and James Nesci, members of the National College for DUI Defense, South Carolina DUI Defense: The Law and Practice ensure that you understand the chemical, biological and technological concepts and issues underlying DUI prosecution and defense in the State of South Carolina. The authors provide the most up-to-date information available on key areas of DUI law in South Carolina including: DUI Investigations, Driving and Field Sobriety Testing, Drug Recognition, Evaluation and Chemical Testing, Blood Alcohol Calculations, Pre-trial Investigations and Motions, Practice, Plea Offers and Agreements, DUI Trial Procedures, and more. Many practical tools and applications designed to streamline and simplify the complex DUI defense process have been developed along with this book. They are all included on a bonus DVD so you can locate, review and print them out in a matter of seconds. The companion DVD contains NHTSA studies, articles and visual detection videos, DRE manuals, example forms, and more., Author, South Carolina DUI Defense, The Law and Practice, Legal, 2018
  • Presenter at a CLE sponsored by the South Carolina bar on the topic of criminal law essentials, 2013
  • Presenter at an attorney CLE on the topic of Internet and Social Media Law
  • Voted "Best of" by Lexington Chronicle newspaper in the areas of Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Law Firm. , Lexington Chronicle "Best of", https://lexingtonchronicle.com/ourcountysbest2022.html#/gallery?group=407993, 2022
  • Voted by readers of Lexington Life Magazine. Should not be taken as a comparison against any other services offered by any other law firm or lawyer., "Best of" Criminal Defense, Lexington Life Magazine
  • Recognized by SuperLawyers, Super Lawyers
  • Voted by attorney peers in the South Carolina area. Not to be taken as a comparison of services provided by any other law firm or lawyer., Legal Elite, Columbia Business Monthly Magazine, 2020
  • Top 100 South Carolina Criminal Defense Lawyer, National Trial Lawyers Association, 2014
  • 10/10 "Superb" , Rating from Avvo

Office location for James R. Snell, Jr.

123 Harmon Street
Lexington, SC 29072

Phone: 803-359-3301


4 Years Super Lawyers
1 Year Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2017

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