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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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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
    Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
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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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
13 Questions Answered
Q. Hello. At the age of 7 or 8 I put my breast in a little boy’s mouth. I was not aware it was wrong at the time.
A: Hello, No. You were too young to appreciate right from wrong, and children at that age are generally not prosecutable. There are two components to a crime: a wrongful act, and a wrongful desire to complete the act. The State must prove both. With minors, there is an additional issue that committing a wrongful act and desiring to do that act; you must know that the wrongful act is, in fact wrong. Minor children don't appreciate this. It's why four year olds will strip down naked and run around the yard, but a 16 year old won't. So, no. You cannot face legal liability/trouble here.
Q. My mom owns her house and wants her boyfriend to move out because he has been drugging/stealing from her.
A: Hello. We are sorry to hear about these problems that your mother is having. No one should ever feel unsafe in their home. The first thing that you should do is go down to your County Family Court, and speak to the Clerk of Court there. Tell them that you need an emergency petition for an Order of Protection. Since your mother and her Boyfriend are cohabitating, a circuit Family Court judge needs to hear the matter. They can help you to file this and, if it is granted, he will then be required to move out. This order is temporary, and a date will be set for a permanent order. The temporary order cannot be for less than 6 months, but it cannot be for more than 12. This is to give the court time to docket the issue. While this is occurring, your mother should also move to evict him permanently. This can be done at the County Magistrate's Court, and the Clerks of Court there can help with the necessary paperwork. Should the Temp. Order of Protection expire before a permanent hearing can be heard with COVID, this gives extra protection by assuring that he cannot return to the home, so long as he has been evicted from the residence. We hope that this helps. If you feel that our office may be of further help, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Q. My husband was sentenced to 7 years for 2 counts Trafficking 10-28g Meth 1st offense. Will he be eligible for parole??
A: Hello, thank you for the chance to answer your question. Trafficking is a violent crime under SC Law. Under our sentencing scheme, your husband is eligible for parole after he serves 85% of his sentence. Based upon what you have stated here, he would be eligible for parole after 5 years and 11 months. You can find the SCDC Calculator here: https://public.doc.state.sc.us/releaseDateCalc/begin.do We hope that this helps, and wish you the best.
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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
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 (Today)
Notice: Saturday and Sunday by Appointment and Emergency.