Columbia Criminal Law Lawyer
Mr. Jonathan Harvey served as an Assistant Solicitor in the Columbia/Richland County office of the Fifth Judicial Circuit Solicitor and as an Assistant Attorney General in the South Carolina Attorney General's Office. He has prosecuted cases in all criminal trial courts. Mr. Harvey has been in private practice in Columbia, South Carolina since 1986, having a strong emphasis on criminal matters. In private practice, he has appeared in every type of criminal trial court in South Carolina, including Family Court, Magistrate Court, Circuit/General Sessions Court, and U.S. District Court. He was also a participant in the longest criminal trial in the U.S. District Court of South Carolina. Mr. Harvey is dedicated to providing zealous representation of clients to ensure each receives the best possible representation. As his private practice continues into its third decade, Mr. Harvey continues to be an effective advocate for his clients.
How do I choose a lawyer?
Consider the following:
- Comfort Level
- - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
- - How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
- - How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
- - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located?
Not sure what questions to ask a lawyer?
Here are a few to get you started:
- How long have you been in practice?
- How many cases like mine have you handled?
- How often do you settle cases out of court?
- What are your fees and costs?
- What are the next steps?
Want to check lawyer discipline?
It is always a good idea to research your lawyer prior to hiring. Every state has a disciplinary organization that monitors attorneys, their licenses, and consumer complaints. By researching lawyer discipline you can:
- Ensure the attorney is currently licensed to practice in your state
- Gain an understanding of his or her historical disciplinary record, if any.
- Determine the seriousness of complaints/issues which could range from late bar fees to more serious issues requiring disciplinary action.