Criminal Defense Attorney

The Jeffcoat Firm is committed to helping everyday people in crisis, and our mission is to provide unmatched legal services to people in South Carolina. The employees of The Jeffcoat Firm are ambitious, resilient self-starters with a passion for taking excellent care of clients and each other. We are seeking a highly skilled and experienced Criminal Defense Attorney to join our legal team.

As a Criminal Defense Attorney at The Jeffcoat Firm, you will play a pivotal role in defending the rights of individuals accused of criminal offenses. You will utilize your legal expertise, strategic thinking, and persuasive communication to ensure the best possible outcomes for our clients. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in criminal law, a proven track record of successful case outcomes, and a deep commitment to upholding justice.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Conduct investigations, gather evidence, analyze case facts, and formulate defense strategies for clients with criminal charges.
  • Conduct initial consultations with clients to evaluate their cases, explain legal rights, and advise on potential outcomes and options.
  • Represent clients in various legal proceedings, including arraignments, bail hearings, pre-trial hearings, trials, and sentencing hearings.
  • Present arguments, cross-examine witnesses, challenge evidence, and protect clients’ interests.
  • Conduct thorough legal research on statutes, case law, and precedents to develop defense strategies.
  • Collaborate with legal assistants, investigators, and experts to gather evidence and strengthen defense strategies.
  • Engage in negotiations with prosecutors to seek favorable plea bargains or settlements on behalf of clients.
  • Attend required morning and monthly meetings.
  • Perform other job duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Who you are:

  • Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school.
  • Admitted to practice law in South Carolina.
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience practicing criminal defense law.
  • A very strong forward-thinking growth mindset and commitment to constant learning and improvement.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and writing skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.

Why you’ll love it here:

  • Competitive base salary, plus an aggressive bonus plan.
  • Comprehensive Benefits: Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision coverage. Take advantage of parental leave & a 401k plan with an employer contribution.
  • Paid Time Off: Unlimited time off following our Attorney Leave policy.
  • Volunteer Time Off: Our Firm believes in making our community a better place and paying all successes forward.
  • Career Growth: We provide supportive leadership, expect accountability and transparency, and focus on outreach.

Location: 1333 Main Street, Suite 501, Columbia, SC 29201

Hours: 8:30 AM—5:30 PM Monday – Thursday & 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM Friday

The Jeffcoat Firm is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.

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