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South Carolina Criminal Defense Attorney Delivers Robust Defense

Tireless Columbia advocate fights for the accused in state and federal court

If you or a family member is accused of or under investigation for a crime in South Carolina, it is critically important to find an experienced criminal lawyer who will protect your rights. For more than 40 years, Jack B. Swerling, Attorney at Law, in Columbia, SC, has represented defendants in criminal cases in state and federal court. He also has extensive experience representing individuals and businesses before grand juries, appeals courts, administrative agencies, ethics commissions and pardon and parole boards.

With solid legal credentials, a proven work ethic and vast experience in the field, Mr. Swerling vigorously defends clients from every economic level, every demographic and every walk of life. He has extensive experience in cases involving violent crimes, crimes of passion and criminal conspiracies. No matter how challenging a case, Mr. Swerling brings a wealth of knowledge and a tireless determination to succeed. He will evaluate the charges against you, determine your available options and pursue the best resolution attainable.

Extensive experience in federal court cases

Federal criminal cases are brought by the FBI and attorneys from the U.S. Department of Justice, who carry on highly professional and aggressive investigations and prosecutions. Cases get into federal court because alleged offenses violate federal laws, cross state lines, occur on federal property or target federal agencies or their officers in the performance of their duties. You need an attorney who has experience providing a vigorous federal criminal defense. Mr. Swerling has defended numerous clients accused of such federal offenses as:

  • Bank fraud
  • Bribery
  • Conspiracy
  • Consumer fraud
  • Continuing criminal enterprises (kingpin statute)
  • Counterfeiting
  • Customs violations
  • Drug crimes
  • Environmental crimes
  • Extortion
  • Gun and weapons violations
  • Health care fraud
  • Insurance fraud
  • Internet crimes / cybercrimes
  • Mail fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Perjury
  • Pornography / internet pornography
  • Public corruption
  • Real estate fraud
  • RICO / racketeering
  • Securities fraud
  • Tax fraud
  • White collar crimes
  • Wire fraud

Mr. Swerling also has experience with federal grand jury investigations and federal court appeals.

Robust defense to state criminal charges in South Carolina

Most criminal prosecutions in South Carolina allege violations of the state’s laws. As a state criminal defense attorney, Mr. Swerling thoroughly investigates the case and assembles the evidence necessary to pursue a positive outcome. His experience in state court extends to defending against charges of:

  • Aggravated assault
  • Breach of trust
  • Burglary
  • Controlled substance violations
  • Criminal fraud
  • Drug offenses
  • Embezzlement
  • Felony DUI
  • Forgery
  • Gang related charges
  • Gun violations
  • Homicide
  • Insurance fraud
  • Manslaughter
  • Murder
  • Pornography crimes
  • Public corruption
  • Robbery
  • Sexual assaults
  • Solicitation
  • Theft
  • Violent crimes
  • White collar crimes

Mr. Swerling also assists with representation for such post-adjudication matters as probation violations, pardons and expungements.

Representation for South Carolina and federal grand jury proceedings

In both the state and federal court systems, indictments are issued by grand juries after evaluating the evidence under the direction of prosecutors. Although criminal suspects are not called upon to testify, they are entitled to representation during grand jury proceedings and related investigations. Potential witnesses may also benefit from counsel, especially if their testimony could implicate them in wrongdoing. Mr. Swerling provides representation during grand jury proceedings, including witness cooperation agreements and assistance in preparing testimony.

Determined advocacy and in the state and federal courts of appeal

Defendants convicted of crimes have the right to appeal procedural errors and other aspects of the trial that may have had a material impact on the outcome. Mr. Swerling is meticulous about preserving his client’s right of appeal. If the trial results in an adverse decision, he is ready to prepare a well-documented and forcefully argued appeal. He has successfully presented appeals before these higher courts:

  • Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
  • South Carolina Supreme Court
  • South Carolina Court of Appeals

Mr. Swerling’s knowledge and experience make him an ideal choice for aggressive and comprehensive criminal defense representation.

Contact South Carolina criminal defense attorney Jack B. Swerling today

If you are facing criminal charges or learn you are the subject of a criminal investigation, you may call Jack B. Swerling, Attorney at Law, in Columbia at any time, 24 hours per day at 800-701-0599 or contact him online.

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Jack Swerling In The News >>

  • Jack Swerling, Derrick Mobley and Alissa Wilson were successful in having a Judge rule after an extensive hearing, that the defendant was immune from prosecution based on the “Stand Your Ground” law in a murder prosecution. The Judgment was handed down on March 29, 2021.
  • Jack Swerling, Gregory Harris and Alissa Wilson obtained a Not Guilty Verdict in Lexington County on March 3, 2022. An Orthopedic Surgeon was charged with Involuntary Manslaughter in the accidental shooting death of a friend.
  • “When Jack is on my docket, I tell my law clerks, ‘You do not want to miss this. You are seeing one of the greatest trial lawyers in the state’s history.'” -South Carolina Circuit Court Judge
  • Jack was selected to Super Lawyers Magazine Top Ten List for 2019. Each year Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in South Carolina via a selection process involving peer evaluations, independent research and professional achievement. The South Carolina lawyers who receive the highest points during this selection process are further recognized in the South Carolina Super Lawyers Top Ten List.
  • USA v. FRANK*: In a child pornography case, Swerling was successful in obtaining a 22 level variance reducing the defendant’s sentence from 8 years to 6 months.
  • STATE v. BORIS: The defendant was found not guilty by reason of insanity in a case where the defendant was involved in a shoot-out with 3 police officers.
  • STATE v. TYGER: Jack Swerling obtains a not guilty verdict in a criminal sexual conduct case in Beaufort County.
  • Pre Trial Dispositions: STATE v. DWAYNE: Mr. Swerling successfully argued for the dismissal of stalking and unlawful use of telephone charges brought against a prominent businessman in Florence County.
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