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Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in South Carolina

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best criminal defense attorneys in South Carolina. To rank the top criminal defense attorneys and other lawyers in South Carolina, we used both objective and subjective criteria.

The top criminal defense attorneys were selected based on their career accomplishments, success in high-profile cases, professional involvement, community leadership, and board certifications.

This list represents some of the most highly accomplished criminal defense lawyers currently practicing in South Carolina. When reviewing this list, please be aware of each of the following:

  • Lawyers cannot pay to be included in this list.
  • Only lawyers who are active on Lawyer Legion were selected.
  • No online directory can accurately determine a statewide list of attorneys who are actually “the best” at practicing criminal law (but our list comes close).
Andrew John Savage III
Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Lawyer
Charleston, SC
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Timothy Clay Kulp
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Charleston, SC
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Christopher Wayne Adams
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Charleston, SC
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James Wofford Bannister
Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Lawyer
Greenville, SC
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M. Gregory McCollum
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Myrtle Beach, SC
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C. Andrew Carroll
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Charleston, SC
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Robert J. Reeves
Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Lawyer
Fort Mill, SC
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Jack Bradley Baker
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Lexington, SC
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E. Powers Price
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Greenville, SC
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Rose Mary Parham
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Florence, SC
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Steve Wayne Sumner
DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Greenville, SC
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Robert A Bruce
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Rock Hill, SC
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Criminal Defense Bar Associations and Legal Organizations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) - Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.
South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (SCACDL) - The South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (SCACDL) was founded in 1992. The SCACDL is committed to the fair administration of criminal justice and the defense of individuals accused of crime in South Carolina. Members of the organization include private attorneys and public defenders in both federal and state courts. The SCACDL advocates for the profession of criminal defense and sponsors Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars throughout the year.

Specialty Certifications in Criminal Defense

Criminal Trial Law - The specialty area of Criminal Trial Law is offered by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) to lawyers. To earn NBTA board certification, the criminal defense attorney must show substantial involvement in at least 45 days of trial, must have served as lead counsel in jury cases through verdict; conducted direct examinations and cross-examinations, and conducted a specified number of voir dire, opening statements and closing arguments.
DUI Defense Law - The National College for DUI Defense, Inc. (NCDD) is an organization that grants specialty or board certification for DUI Defense Law. The ABA has recognized the NCDD as an organization that is accredited to award certification in this specialty area of the law. The purpose of granting board certification in DUI Defense Law is to recognize DUI and DWI lawyers who focus their practice on representing men and women accused of drunk and impaired driving offenses. In order to qualify for board certification in "DUI Defense Law," the attorney must meet specific qualifications and apply for board certification with NCDD.

South Carolina Government and Court Resources

Office of Indigent Defense of South Carolina

Office of Indigent Defense of South Carolina - The Office of Indigent Defense in South Carolina is a state agency that provides legal representation to indigent adults and juveniles. The agency's mission involves providing legal representation for indigent defendants in criminal cases, as well as overseeing payments to court-appointed attorneys in Family Courts. The Office of Indigent Defense establishes criteria for indigence, guidelines for court-appointed attorneys, administers funding and supervises training programs for public defenders

South Carolina Attorney General's Office

South Carolina Attorney General's Office - The South Carolina Attorney General's Office, led by the Attorney General elected by the people, serves as the chief legal advisor for the state. This office is responsible for providing legal counsel to state agencies and officials, representing South Carolina in legal matters, and overseeing law enforcement. The Attorney General plays a pivotal role in prosecuting and defending legal actions on behalf of the state, issuing legal opinions, and addressing a diverse range of legal issues, including consumer protection, public safety, and environmental concerns.

South Carolina Judicial Branch

South Carolina Judicial Branch - The South Carolina Judicial Branch is responsible for ensuring the administration of justice within the state. Its duties encompass interpreting and applying the law, adjudicating civil and criminal cases, safeguarding individual rights, ensuring due process, and overseeing family law matters such as divorce and child custody. South Carolina's judiciary also plays a significant role in addressing legal challenges specific to the state, including matters related to its historic heritage.

South Carolina Legislature

South Carolina Legislature - The South Carolina Legislature operates under a bicameral system, comprising the South Carolina Senate and the South Carolina House of Representatives. The Senate has 46 members serving four-year terms, while the House consists of 124 members serving two-year terms. The Legislature is responsible for proposing, debating, and passing laws that govern the state. Its duties include formulating the state budget, levying taxes, and addressing various policy issues such as education, healthcare, and public safety.

Supreme Court of South Carolina

Supreme Court of South Carolina - The Supreme Court of South Carolina acts as the highest appellate court in the state, responsible for interpreting and applying the law. Its primary duty involves reviewing appeals from lower courts to ensure the correct interpretation and application of state laws and the constitution. The court hears a wide range of cases, including civil, criminal, and constitutional matters, setting legal precedents that guide lower courts and legal practitioners across South Carolina. Additionally, the Supreme Court of South Carolina oversees the regulation of attorneys, managing attorney admissions, setting ethical standards, and ensuring the professionalism and ethical conduct of lawyers statewide.

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