Cleary Law LLC


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Experience And Dedication Matter

Eleanor Duffy Cleary has compassionately and aggressively helped people with their legal needs for over 20 years. If you have been charged with DUI, a traffic offense, or any other criminal offense, contact our office now for a free consultation. We also handle appeals, pardons, parole hearings, expungements, and post-conviction relief.

Ellen has made dozens of court appearances arguing motions, trying felony and misdemeanor cases, successfully arguing criminal issues to the SC Court of Appeals and SC Supreme Court.

She is a member of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (SCACDL), and the National College for DUI Defense. Ellen is admitted to practice in all South Carolina Courts, the United District Court for the District of South

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Eleanor “Ellen” Duffy Cleary is a solo practitioner in downtown Columbia, South Carolina. She focuses her practice on criminal defense, both at the trial level and the post-conviction level. She represents clients before municipal, magistrate, and general sessions courts, as well as administrative boards and appellate courts. She has also appeared numerous times before the board of the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services. In November 2000, she began working as an appellate defender at the Office of Appellate Defense (now a division of the South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense). She argued on behalf of indigents convicted of state crimes, ranging from murder to possession of drugs. She has argued dozens of times before the South Carolina Court of Appeals and the SC Supreme Court. She has submitted briefs on numerous legal issues relating to substantive and procedural criminal law.