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Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis

Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis

The Law Office of Jonathan Lewis, LLC
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Appeals & Appellate ...
  • South Carolina
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Reviewed by Henry W. October 9, 2020
I was happy with the service provided and the price.
I hired Jonathan to prepare a court ordered document. He listened to my request and prepared exactly what the judge needed and only what the judge needed. Several other lawyers tried to upsell me to additional services that I did not want or need, for a much higher price. Jonathan prepared the document in a reasonable timeframe and for a reasonable price. I would use him again and recommend him to friends and family.
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Biography

Jonathan Lewis graduated from Norwich University, the Military College of Vermont, with a Bachelors Degree in 2011. He returned to Norwich University in 2013, where he graduated in 2015 with his Masters in International Affairs, During this time he lectured upon, and focused in, International Extremism / Terrorism. He has spent over ten years in emergency medicine and Fire/Rescue as a Firefighter/Medic in Vermont, Virginia, and for the Department of Defense at various postings in the Middle East.

In 2015 Jonathan decided to pursue the practice of law, and attended the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he graduated in Spring 2018. While there he was elected to the Honor Council for all three years, on which he also served as as officer. Additionally, he was one of a handful of students to try-out for, and be accepted on, both the Mock Trial and Moot Court Bars. On the Moot Court Bar Mr. Lewis appeared in multiple competitions, eventually appearing before the Judges of the South Carolina Court of Appeals, and the Justices of the South Carolina Supreme Court.

Jonathan has previously worked on both sides of the criminal bar, as both a prosecutor and now as a Defense Attorney. As a former Special Assistant Solicitor in the Fifth Judicial Circuit he was assigned to prosecute Drug Crimes and Violent Crimes, and now uses those experiences to help those accused of drug and other criminal offenses by the State. He is dedicated to passionate, zealous, ethical, and professional representation for all of his clients. No matter the crime or circumstances, he will fight to protect your rights and freedom using his experiences as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney.

Mr. Lewis is admitted to practice in all South Carolina State Courts and Tribunals, the Federal District Court for the District of South Carolina, and has admission pending to the Tennessee Bar.

Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    DUI & DWI
    Appeals & Appellate
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Military Law
    Landlord Tenant
    Evictions, Housing Discrimination, Landlord Rights, Tenants' Rights
Video Conferencing
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Free consultations, up to 45 minutes, provided on all cases by appointment.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    All major credit cards accepted with a 3.5% service processing fee.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Our firm practices "flat fee" pricing for all criminal matters. Each matter is evaluated and quoted a price for the entirety of the case - from representation at all appearances through trial, to every letter or filing made. Our firm additionally works with all clients on payment plans. Depending on the complexity of the matter, and the price we quote, we can begin work on your case for as little as 10% down of the flat fee quoted!
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
South Carolina
South Carolina Bar
ID Number: 103847
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Federal District Court for the District of South Carolina
ID Number: 13079
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Principal Attorney
The Law Office of Jonathan Lewis, LLC
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Staff Attorney
Richland County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children)
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Special Assistant Solicitor
Fifth Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office
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Contracted, Special Assistant Solicitor assigned to prosecute drug crimes, DUIs, and violent crimes.
Senior Law Clerk
Fifth Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office
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Law Clerk - Criminal Appeals
South Carolina Attorney General's Office
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Education
University of South Carolina - Columbia
J.D. (2018) | Law
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Norwich University
M.A. (2015) | International Affairs, with a Concentration in Terrorism and Extremism.
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Norwich University
B.A. (2011) | War and Peace Studies
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Activities: Corps of Cadets Navy ROTC, Marine Corps Option
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Awards
Military Pro Bono Project Outstanding Service Award
American Bar Association
Pro Bono Honor Roll
South Carolina Supreme Court
Pro Bono Honor Roll
South Carolina Supreme Court
Professional Associations
South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Member
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South Carolina Bar  # 103847
Member
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Legal Answers
17 Questions Answered
Q. If the judge asks, do I tell them that me and the defendant have had contact even if it’s court ordered not to?
A: Hello, Yes; if the Court asks you a direct question, you must answer the Court truthfully. If the Court discovers that you are lying to it and the presiding judge, you can be held in Contempt of Court, which under South Carolina Law means you can be jailed or fined in an amount determined by the discretion of the Court.
Q. During a traffic stop if any drugs are found do they have to let me see and test in my presents
A: Hello, No. During a traffic stop, if suspected narcotics are found, you have no right to have the drugs tested in your presence. The type of test you are talking about is called a NIK Drug Test, in which a sample of the drug is placed in a bag with chemical reagents that react with the drug, and turn colors based on what substance is in the bag. Because of the shades of coloring, these tests are subjective, and there are false positives. Positive identification at a lab is still required. In South Carolina these tests are inadmissible in court, and expensive. As such, more and more agencies are moving away from them. In SC drugs are generally packaged, sealed, and sent to the State Lab at SLED, which then issues a report of their findings. Those reports are part of a criminal discovery (evidence) packet. You should work with an attorney to secure discovery in your case to get and review those drug results.
Q. Can drug trafficking be expunged
A: Hello, Trafficking is not eligible for expungement in South Carolina. The only recourse you would have at this time is to petition for a pardon through SCPPP, and if it were approved and the Governor granted a pardon, then the charges could be expunged.
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Contact & Map
The Law Office of Jonathan Lewis, LLC
4840 Forest Drive
No. 6889
Columbia, SC 29204
Telephone: (434) 409-7743
Monday: 9 AM - 5:30 PM (Today)
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 3 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Saturday and Sunday by Appointment and Emergency.
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