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CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY IN COLUMBIA, SC/

When you are facing criminal charges, the future can immediately seem frightening and confusing.

At the Leventis Law Firm, our criminal defense attorneys in Columbia, SC firmly believe in the constitutional right to legal representation that is afforded to everyone who is accused of a crime. At our firm, we pride ourselves on compassionately, thoughtfully and vigorously defending our clients from a wide variety of criminal charges. We have been representing clients in this space for several years and have successfully resolved many cases even when the initial set of circumstances seemed impossible to overcome.

Turn to a law firm that will protect your rights and give you the best defense possible. Call us at 803-256-0113.

CRIMINAL LAWYERS IN COLUMBIA, SC WHO DEFEND YOUR RIGHTS
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We Leave No Stone Unturned/

At the Leventis Law Firm, our criminal defense attorneys respect each individual client and handle each individual case with the care, experienced legal representation, and extreme confidentiality that you deserve, acting as your trusted advisor in what can be some of the toughest and most challenging areas of the law. Our firm’s experience as a whole is brought to bear when you are our client. Our criminal lawyers are licensed to practice in the state of South Carolina. We also have a wide network of experts, specialists, and investigators who aid in our research and aid in the scrutiny of each case’s details, so that we can present the strongest defense possible for each client.

Lawyers Who Fight for Your Rights/

Every citizen in the United States is guaranteed basic rights. You have the right to equal and fair treatment in our justice system. You have the right the remain silent when your statements can be used against you. You are protected against unreasonable searches and seizures of your property. Unfortunately, these rights can be violated, which is why the right to an attorney is one of the most important we have.

Your right to a criminal defense attorney should be exercised as soon as you are arrested. Don’t answer any questions or say anything that you don’t have to say. Request a criminal lawyer immediately and let them make sure your rights are being protected.

It’s simple: when we represent you, we will work hard for you. We leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of justice and have relevant experience in handling an extremely wide variety of criminal matters for our clients. Put simply, if you are facing serious criminal charges, we are determined to do our best work for you in the pursuit of your freedom and justice.

WE KNOW IT'S ABOUT FAMILY... /

The Leventis Law Firm has been in practice for over 40 years in Columbia, SC. For over three decades we have provided our clients results in the following areas of practice: DUI and traffic charges, criminal defense. We also provide representation of injured victims from automobile wrecks, and representation of injured victims from workplace accidents.

Our approach is to represent our clients just as we would want our own family members represented.

It is our objective to make a positive difference in the life of each client our Columbia, SC criminal defense lawyers have the privilege of working with. Lastly, we will work fiercely to leave “no stone unturned” in our effort to accomplish the objective of each client with whom we work.

Leigh Leventis, Criminal Defense Lawyer in Columbia, SC
Leigh Leventis, Criminal Defense Attorney in Columbia, SC
More About Leigh Leventis
Leigh is a partner and founding member at the Leventis Law Firm, with more than 40 years of experience. Licensed in the state of South Carolina, he focuses his practice on criminal and civil litigation, as well as worker’s compensation cases. Leigh received his B.S. from the University of South Carolina in 1975, where he served as student body vice president... read more
Joe Leventis, Criminal Defense Lawyer in Columbia, SC
Joe Leventis, Criminal Defense Attorney in Columbia, SC
More About Joe Leventis
Joe is a partner at the Leventis Law Firm. He is an experienced trial lawyer, licensed in South Carolina, and focuses his practice on complex criminal and civil litigation. A lifelong resident of Columbia, South Carolina, Joe holds both a B.S. (2009) and a J.D. (2013) from the University of South Carolina. While attending law school, Joe served as a law clerk at the Fifth Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office; after graduation, he began working as an Assistant Solicitor for that Office... read more

OUR CRIMINAL LAWYERS FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS

 

This is about your future. When you are charged with a crime, it can seem like your life is turned upside down. Rather than leave your future to chance, talk to the criminal lawyers at Leventis Law Firm. We have a strong legacy of providing clients the best defense possible. If you face a serious criminal charge, we will fight for your rights every step of the way.

Call us at 803-256-0113 for help now.

Why You Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer

A criminal defense lawyer plays one of the most important roles in our criminal justice system. They are advocates for people who have been accused of a crime. They possess a deep knowledge of their state’s laws. Attorneys use their knowledge, skill and experience to make sure their client is treated fairly, and they look for opportunities to lessen or eliminate charges facing their client.

The legal system can be complicated and fraught with potential for self-incrimination. In other words, the actions you take and the words you say can do your case great harm. Attorneys not only build the best possible case for their clients, they help them avoid making costly mistakes.

What Makes a Good Criminal Defense Attorney?

A good criminal defense attorney is knowledgeable, assertive and experienced. It often takes years to build a successful legal practice, so it’s typically in a person’s best interest to seek an attorney who has a track record of success.

Look for an attorney who has the skill and resources to give your case the best possible chance of success. They will have a history of getting results for clients, and they’ll have access to expert witnesses that they can use on your behalf.

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DEFENSE TO BET YOUR LIFE ON/

The Leventis Law Firm provides aggressive, rock-solid criminal defense representation that clients in Columbia,SC and across the Midlands area of South Carolina have come to rely on.
You can expect the best from our lawyers, because we expect it of ourselves.

The Leventis Law Firm represents clients in all matters of criminal defense. Whether you’re facing misdemeanor or felony charges, contact us today so we can get to work on your behalf.

WORKERS COMPENSATION/

One of the most important choices a person makes after being injured in a workplace accident is the attorney they choose to represent them. It’s not an easy choice to make. Clients want to know that when they place a call to their attorney, that attorney will listen carefully to understand how this devastating accident occurred. At the Leventis Law Firm, that’s exactly what we do.

We understand that our clients have their own unique set of circumstances, concerns and struggles, and we adapt to their needs. Every client is different. Every case is different. But our approach is the same…

PERSONAL INJURY/

One of the most important choices a person makes after suffering a personal injury is the attorney they choose to represent them. It’s not an easy choice to make. Clients want to know that when they place a call to their attorney, that attorney will listen carefully to fully comprehend the situation. At the Leventis Law Firm, that’s exactly what we do.

We understand that our clients have their own unique set of circumstances, concerns and struggles, and we adapt to their needs. Every client is different. Every case is different. But our approach is the same…

Our Criminal Lawyers in Columbia, SC Leave Nothing to Chance/

One of the most important choices a person makes after being arrested or charged with a crime is the attorney they choose to represent them in Columbia. It’s not an easy choice to make. Clients want to know that when they place a call to their attorney, that attorney immediately gets to work. At the Leventis Law Firm, that’s exactly what we do.

Our Columbia, SC criminal lawyers understand that our clients have their own unique set of circumstances, concerns and struggles, and we adapt to their needs. Every client is different. Every case is different. But our approach is the same…

OFFENSE IS THE BEST DEFENSE/

We believe that a good legal defense is aggressive. When you hire the Leventis Law Firm, we waste no time in building your defense. Our clients know that we will take control of the situation to put them in the best position possible.

At the Leventis Law Firm, our criminal attorneys in Columbia, SC leave nothing to chance. We are thorough, precise and relentless for our clients. If you are facing criminal charges, you need an ally who has your back no matter what. With Joe and Leigh on your team, you have advocates that bring their full experience, commitment and skill to your case.

We’re sympathetic to your cause, and assertive on your behalf.

The outcome of your criminal case depends heavily on your choice of attorney. When you place your trust in our firm, we don’t take it lightly. We encourage you to call The Leventis Law Firm today and put our defense lawyers to work for you.

Felt like family.

In 2016 our only daughter was involved in a major car accident which could have taken her life. It was only be divine appointment we came across the office of Leigh Leventis and his staff. The very first time my daughter and I stepped into their office, the atmosphere was very pleasant and felt like family. I must say out of several experiences with previous attorneys, this office and staff were beyond our expectation. What impressed me the most was the professionalism of their staff, the consistency in communication, their integrity, sacrifices, and the hard work they put in staying on top of things, and even calling just to check in to see how our daughter was doing. I would give them a AAA+ and would highly recommend them to anyone. Because of the office of Attorney Leigh Leventis and staff it made life easier for our family, and we will forever be grateful.

- Client

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2018-06-13T12:58:43+00:00

- Client

In 2016 our only daughter was involved in a major car accident which could have taken her life. It was only be divine appointment we came across the office of Leigh Leventis and his staff. The very first time my daughter and I stepped into their office, the atmosphere was very pleasant and felt like family...

Knowledgeable Lawyer.

Joe Leventis is an extremely knowledgeable lawyer who represented my husband on a drug trafficking charge. From the moment I first spoke with him on the phone, I felt relieved. He looked over the evidence with a fine tooth comb and came up with a strategy to pursue a dismissal. He was successful and the charges were dismissed within a month!

- Client

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2018-04-25T11:40:01+00:00

- Client

Joe Leventis is an extremely knowledgeable lawyer who represented my husband on a drug trafficking charge. From the moment I first spoke with him on the phone, I felt relieved. He looked over the evidence with a fine tooth comb and came up with a strategy to pursue a dismissal. He was successful and the charges were dismissed within a month!

Couldn’t be happier!

Joe was appointed to my magistrates court case. I had a felony pending Joe wasn’t the lawyer on but he took it over. He got the magistrate charge dropped the day of the trial and he got me a fine and a misdemeanor on the felony charge. I couldn’t be happier!

- Client

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2018-04-25T11:40:49+00:00

- Client

Joe was appointed to my magistrates court case. I had a felony pending Joe wasn’t the lawyer on but he took it over. He got the magistrate charge dropped the day of the trial and he got me a fine and a misdemeanor on the felony charge. I couldn’t be happier!

Saved my life.

When I was in college I was arrested for possession of marijuana. I was very worried about losing my scholarship, but more importantly being expelled from school. Leigh handled my case and got the charges dismissed. This enabled me to finish college and further my education in graduate school. Leigh essentially saved my life by allowing me to not have to alter the education path I was on and now I am having a successful professional career. Leigh is the best at what he does and I am forever grateful for what he did to help me.

- Client

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2018-06-05T17:24:50+00:00

- Client

When I was in college I was arrested for possession of marijuana. I was very worried about losing my scholarship, but more importantly being expelled from school. Leigh handled my case and got the charges dismissed. This enabled me to finish college and further my education in graduate school. Leigh essentially saved my life by allowing me to not have to alter the education path I was on and now I am having a successful professional career. Leigh is the best at what he does and I am forever grateful for what he did to help me.

Highly recommend.

Leigh Leventis is one of the finest men I have ever had the pleasure to meet and know in my life. He is an incredible human being who selflessly puts others before him. I cannot state enough on how great of a man he is. Leigh helped me tremendously in my time of need. He is a true professional in every facet of practicing law. I'm incredibly grateful for all his help in my time of need. I would highly recommend Leigh to anyone who needs legal help. I am forever grateful for him helping me.

- Client

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2018-06-05T17:27:48+00:00

- Client

Leigh Leventis is one of the finest men I have ever had the pleasure to meet and know in my life. He is an incredible human being who selflessly puts others before him. I cannot state enough on how great of a man he is. Leigh helped me tremendously in my time of need. He is a true professional in every facet of practicing law. I'm incredibly grateful for all his help in my time of need. I would highly recommend Leigh to anyone who needs legal help. I am forever grateful for him helping me.

They fight for you.

If you ever want to feel like someone cares and is in your corner and feels like your fight is his fight, Joe would be the guy I would call every time. Joe represented me on a drug possession charge. I was on probation in another state so I needed it to go away to avoid going back to jail. When we got to court, he spoke to the officer outside. Next thing I know, I am shaking the officer's hand and being told the case is dismissed. I don’t know what happened, but I am glad it did!

- Client

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2018-06-05T17:29:46+00:00

- Client

If you ever want to feel like someone cares and is in your corner and feels like your fight is his fight, Joe would be the guy I would call every time. Joe represented me on a drug possession charge. I was on probation in another state so I needed it to go away to avoid going back to jail. When we got to court, he spoke to the officer outside. Next thing I know, I am shaking the officer's hand and being told the case is dismissed. I don’t know what happened, but I am glad it did!

Forever indebted.

I retained the Leventis Law Firm to assist me with a criminal matter. After my initial meeting with Mr. Leventis, I felt for the first time that everything was going to be okay. They took the time to explain step by step the criminal process in South Carolina and always kept me apprised of the progress of my case. They were communicative and professional and personally invested in making sure that I received a positive outcome. I would not hesitate to recommend the Leventis Law Firm to my friends and family and am forever indebted to Mr. Leventis and his team for providing me with a second chance.

- Client

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2018-06-05T17:30:38+00:00

- Client

I retained the Leventis Law Firm to assist me with a criminal matter. After my initial meeting with Mr. Leventis, I felt for the first time that everything was going to be okay. They took the time to explain step by step the criminal process in South Carolina and always kept me apprised of the progress of my case. They were communicative and professional and personally invested in making sure that I received a positive outcome. I would not hesitate to recommend the Leventis Law Firm to my friends and family and am forever indebted to Mr. Leventis and his team for providing me with a second chance.

Very happy.

I used to work in a restaurant Leigh and his wife Jenny used to frequent back in the 80s. After I graduated high school, I left that job and we lost touch for over 20 years. I got charged with DUI recently and asked a friend in law enforcement who I should hire. He recommended Leigh which surprised me because his wife is a lawyer. But I took his advice and hired Leigh, which turned out to be a great decision. Leigh made himself available for all of my calls regarding my license. He seemingly knew everything about the drivers license issue and the criminal matter. We got a great outcome on the case. I was VERY happy with Leigh and would refer him to anyone in criminal trouble.

- Client

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2018-06-05T17:31:23+00:00

- Client

I used to work in a restaurant Leigh and his wife Jenny used to frequent back in the 80s. After I graduated high school, I left that job and we lost touch for over 20 years. I got charged with DUI recently and asked a friend in law enforcement who I should hire. He recommended Leigh which surprised me because his wife is a lawyer. But I took his advice and hired Leigh, which turned out to be a great decision. Leigh made himself available for all of my calls regarding my license. He seemingly knew everything about the drivers license issue and the criminal matter. We got a great outcome on the case. I was VERY happy with Leigh and would refer him to anyone in criminal trouble.

Very informative.

I recently went through a DUI charge that I thought I would never have to experience. Leigh was like a breath of fresh air because this would have a huge impact on my professional career as well as my family life. He made me feel very comfortable and informed me of the whole process from start to finish. He had all the answers to my questions and I truly felt like he was looking out for my best interest. My family and I are forever in his debt for the way that he took care of my case. I would send anyone in this type of situation to Leigh!

- Client

5.0
2018-06-05T17:33:06+00:00

- Client

I recently went through a DUI charge that I thought I would never have to experience. Leigh was like a breath of fresh air because this would have a huge impact on my professional career as well as my family life. He made me feel very comfortable and informed me of the whole process from start to finish. He had all the answers to my questions and I truly felt like he was looking out for my best interest. My family and I are forever in his debt for the way that he took care of my case. I would send anyone in this type of situation to Leigh!

Compassion, patience, and determination.

Words cannot express the compassion, patience, and determination I received while working with Leigh Leventis. My case took a grueling three years before I was ultimately found not guilty. The entire time I was treated as if I were the only client the Leventis Law Office was helping. I will always have tremendous respect and appreciation for Leigh and Joe. Leigh is truly in a class all his own.

- Client

5.0
2018-06-05T17:34:09+00:00

- Client

Words cannot express the compassion, patience, and determination I received while working with Leigh Leventis. My case took a grueling three years before I was ultimately found not guilty. The entire time I was treated as if I were the only client the Leventis Law Office was helping. I will always have tremendous respect and appreciation for Leigh and Joe. Leigh is truly in a class all his own.

Outstanding Lawyers.

Leigh Leventis and I were roommates in law school. Leigh is the finest person I have ever known, and I became part of the Leventis family. Leigh and his son Joe are outstanding lawyers in every regard. They are smart, experienced, hardworking and true professionals in every way. Leigh and Joe treat every client like a member of their family. I would highly recommend Leigh and Joe to anyone who needs a lawyer.

- Former Columbia Mayor Bob Coble

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2018-04-24T17:37:17+00:00

- Former Columbia Mayor Bob Coble

Leigh Leventis and I were roommates in law school. Leigh is the finest person I have ever known, and I became part of the Leventis family. Leigh and his son Joe are outstanding lawyers in every regard. They are smart, experienced, hardworking and true professionals in every way. Leigh and Joe treat every client like a member of their family. I would highly recommend Leigh and Joe to anyone who needs a lawyer.
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HOW THE CRIMINAL COURT SYSTEM WORKS IN SOUTH CAROLINA/

South Carolina’s criminal court system, much like that of the rest of the nation, can be complicated and intimidating for someone who has never experienced it. After being arrested by law enforcement, a person is subjected to several different processes, which can include prosecution, indictment, pretrial hearings, trials, sentencing and appeals.

Along the way, there are opportunities and pitfalls that determine the outcome of a case. An attorney helps maximize opportunities for success and minimize pitfalls.

If you have been charged with a crime in South Carolina, contact the Leventis Law Firm at (803) 256-0113 so we can get started on your case and give you the best opportunity for a successful outcome.

Consequences of a Conviction in South Carolina/

The most significant consequences of a criminal charge include imprisonment, probation and fines. Unfortunately, even after someone has “paid their dues,” they can still be judged unfairly by others and presented with several obstacles in life. A criminal record can make life very challenging. The job you’re seeking, the college you’re applying to, the apartment you want, the loan you need – these things can all be denied because of a criminal record.

What Are Your Rights?/

Every citizen in the United States is guaranteed basic rights. You have the right to equal and fair treatment in our justice system. You have the right the remain silent when your statements can be used against you. You are protected against unreasonable searches and seizures of your property. Unfortunately, these rights can be violated, which is why the right to an attorney is one of the most important we have.

Your right to a criminal defense attorney should be exercised as soon as you are arrested. Don’t answer any questions or say anything that you don’t have to say. Request an attorney immediately and let them make sure your rights are being protected.

PROSECUTOR'S STRATEGY IN A CRIMINAL DEFENSE CASE/

Prosecutors are tasked with getting results, and that means getting convictions. Their incentive is to make the strongest case against the person accused of a crime. They paint a picture of the accused in a way that can sometimes make them seem dangerous and untrustworthy. Prosecutors use someone’s words and actions against them, using every opportunity to show them in a negative light.

Is Representing Yourself an Option?/

Anyone can represent themselves in our legal system, but this is never recommended. Even the most skilled criminal defense attorney will hire another lawyer if they face criminal charges. It’s difficult for someone representing himself or herself to remain objective and maintain credibility in front of a judge and jury.

More importantly, the average citizen has a limited understanding of our laws and court system. It’s vital to seek legal representation as soon as you suspect that you will be facing criminal charges. An attorney can keep you informed about laws related to your situation and be proactive in handling the specific legal requirements of your case. Regardless of how intelligent or competent you are, don’t fall prey to the idea that you should be your own advocate in court.

Should I Get a Public Defender? /

Many public defenders are good attorneys. They provide a public service by representing people who have no other option for an attorney.

However, public defenders often face heavy caseloads and have limited resources to devote to clients.

This is why many people who face criminal charges choose to hire their own attorney. A good defense attorney sees their client as more than a case number, and they can devote more time, attention and effort to their client’s case.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FELONY AND MISDEMEANOR/

What Is a Felony?/

A felony is considered a more serious crime than a misdemeanor or a violation. People charged with felonies face the potential of more than a year in prison, in addition to large fines. The societal consequences of a felony are also greater than “lesser” charges, making it even more difficult to find a job, get an education or find adequate housing.

What Is a Misdemeanor?/

Misdemeanors result in lighter penalties than felonies, though they still have major consequences in someone’s life. People convicted of a misdemeanor can face up to year in jail, in addition to steep fines.  Employment, housing, educational and financial consequences can also stem from misdemeanors.