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Columbia Domestic Violence Defense Attorney

James R. Snell, Jr., is a Columbia SC CDV Defense Attorney. The information on this page may be of special interest to those with a pending Columbia Criminal Domestic Violence charge.

After an arrest for CDV in Columbia SC or in Richland County the defendant will be transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, 201 John Mark Dial Drive, Columbia, South Carolina 29209. Bond Court is held several times inside the jail. Defendants have a right to be represented by an attorney at their bond proceeding.

During the Bond Court the defendant will be advised of their next court date as well as of the details of any "no contact" bond restrictions. The case will then be forwarded to the appropriate Court for trial. It is important for a defendant to consult with an attorney prior to their first Court appearance. Otherwise they may lose or not take advantage of important rights.

  • CDV cases brought by the City of Columbia Police Department will be referred to the City of Columbia Municipal Court, 811 Washington Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29201.
  • Domestic violence cases brought by the Richland County Sheriff's Department will be sent to the Richland County Central CDV Court, 1400 Huger Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29201.

Other Courts in Richland County that prosecute first offense CDV cases are:

Town of Arcadia Lakes Municipal Court
6605 Arcadia Woods Rd.
Columbia, SC 29206-1330

Town of Blythewood Municipal Court
10509 Tow Notch Road (Suite D)
Columbia, SC 29045-9615

Town of Eastover Municipal Court
501 Main Street
Eastover, SC 29044-9044

Town of Forest Acres Municipal Court
5205 Trenholm Road (Suite 115)
Columbia, SC 29206-4807

CDV 2nd or 3rd or DVHAN charges will be referred to the 5th Circuit Solicitor's Office. Defendants will be given an appearance date for General Sessions at the Richland County Courthouse, 1701 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29202.

Richland County also operates a Transfer Court which is a special term of General Sessions presided over by a Magistrate Judge. Transfer Court has jurisdiction to try or sentence either first or second offense CDV cases. The Court can only impose a fine or jail sentence. CDHVAN or CDV 3rd must be prosecuted in regular General Sessions court.

James Snell regularly represents people in and around Columbia with their CDV or DVHAN charges. If you or a loved one has been charged, please call our office at (803) 359-3301 for a consultation.

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