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Meet the Cole Law Firm Criminal Defense & DUI Attorneys in Upstate SC

When you retain Cole Law Firm you not only hire Ronnie Cole but his associates, Mike Hallman, Helena Jedziniak, John Crangle, and his professional staff of three legal assistants. Please read more about our Criminal Defense & DUI Attorneys serving Upstate SC, and call Cole Law Firm for a free consultation. Time is of the essence with criminal defense & DUI charges.

Ronnie M. Cole | Michael O. Hallman | Helena Jedziniak

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Ronnie M. Cole, Attorney

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Ronnie Cole has been practicing law for 41 years. Ronnie Cole is an instructor for the South Carolina Court Administration where he trains Magistrates and Municipal Court Judges in the areas of traffic and criminal Law.  He has been interviewed by numerous television stations and newspapers, including USA Today.

“Where rights secured by the Federal Constitution are involved, there can be no rule-making or legislation which would abrogate them”Miranda vs. Arizona

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1976
  • University of Georgia, BBA, 1973

Professional Memberships

  • Founding Member and Instructor for the National College of DUI Defense (NCDD)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • International Association for Chemical Testing (IACT)
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Anderson County Bar Association
  • SC Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (SCACDL)

Judicial Training Experience

  • Instructor for the South Carolina Court Administration for Magistrates and Municipal Judges.
  • Instructor for the SC Summary Court Judges Association, Judicial Ethics.
  • 41 years of legal experience in criminal defense

Professional Training

  • Coordinator of Breathalyzer School for Lawyers
  • Attending numerous schools on the subject of alcohol testing
  • BAC DataMaster Training –1992
  • BAC DataMaster Training –1993
  • BAC DataMaster Maintenance & Electrical Training – 1993
  • Indiana University Tests for BAC in highway safety programs: Supervision and expert testing – 1994
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) – Standardized Field Sobriety Testing – 1994.
  • BAC DataMaster – Supervisor/Field Maintenance Training Course -1995
  • BAC DataMaster Maintenance and Repair – 1997
  • Instructor for 3 day DataMaster Certification Course – June, 1998
  • Speaker at DataMaster User’s Meeting – 1998 IACT Conference
  • Speaker, moderator, or lecturer in more than 100 seminars dealing with traffic laws
  • Lectured in over 8 states on traffic law
  • 41 years of legal experience in criminal defense

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Just 6 of the many seminars where Mr. Cole has been Speaker, Course Planner and/or Moderator, over the past 41 years.

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Shouldn’t you consult in a criminal case a lawyer who also has 12 years in law enforcement?

 

Publications

  • Author South Carolina Radar Defense Manual
  • Author South Carolina DUI Defense Manual, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Editions
  • Co-author Field Sobriety Tests – Are They Failure-Designed?
  • Lead author of Handling Traffic Cases in South Carolina (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th Editions; 6th Edition, 2016)
  • Co-author article in DWI Journal – “Lack of Bladder Voiding as a Defense in DUI/DWI Case”
  • Co-author South Carolina Traffic Lawyers’ Tool Kit (1st & 2nd Edition)
  • Co-author 2010 South Carolina Accident Reconstruction Tool Kit Book
  • Co-author 2010 South Carolina Drug Case Tool Kit Book
  • South Carolina DUI Arrest? (Useful Information That May Help You Defend Your Charges)
  • South Carolina Criminal Arrest? (Useful Information That May Help You Defend Your Charges)

Breath Testing Experience

  • Administered thousands of breath tests
  • Utilizes data to formulate absorption and elimination curves

Breath Testing Instruments Personally Owned

  • Model 900 Breathalyzer
  • RBT Intoximeter
  • Intoximeter 3000
  • BAC DataMaster
  • DataMaster DMT (This is the instrument currently being used in SC to test for blood alcohol levels)

Law Enforcement Experience

  • Ronnie M. Cole is a retired State Constable with 12 years of experience and training. He worked in more than one capacity.
  • Mr. Cole received yearly firearms, criminal domestic violence, legals, oc, pepper spray and a variety of other training courses. He also taught several courses for law enforcement.

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Michael O. Hallman, Attorney

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Michael O. Hallman is a graduate of Wofford College and received his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Mr. Hallman began his practice with the Office of the 13th Circuit Solicitor as an Assistant Solicitor for 3 years before opening his own general law practice as a sole practitioner handling civil and criminal cases. Mr. Hallman also served as the Municipal Judge for the City of Greer, S.C. for 12 years. In addition to his private practice, Mr. Hallman was an Assistant Solicitor under contract with the Office of the 13th Circuit Solicitor from 2003 through 2008.

Mr. Hallman heads the office of the Cole Law Firm located in Greenville, S.C. He has been trained in DUI Detection, Standardized Field Sobriety Testing and been trained on the DataMaster, South Carolina’s breath test machine.  He continues to successfully negotiate and try cases to favorable outcomes.

Publications

  • Co-author The South Carolina Drug Case Tool Kit (1st and 2nd Editions)
  • Co-author The South Carolina Traffic Lawyers Tool Kit (2nd Edition)
  • South Carolina DUI Arrest? (Useful Information That May Help You Defend Your Charges)
  • South Carolina Criminal Arrest? (Useful Information That May Help You Defend Your Charges)

Professional Training

  • 24 Hour NHTSA’s “DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing”
  • “Drug Evaluation and Classification / Drug Recognition Expert Overview Course”
  • DataMaster Training Class (Certified by Former Instructor at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy)

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Helena Jedziniak, Attorney

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Helena Jedziniak joined The Cole Law Firm in August 2014.  She graduated with honors from Washington and Lee University School of Law.  After law school, Helena completed a clerkship with The Honorable Edward W. Miller in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit.  She then spent a year prosecuting DUIs and other traffic offenses with the Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

While at Washington and Lee, Helena worked with David Bruck in the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse, representing capital defendants at both the trial and the appellate level.  She also worked with Professor Doug Rendleman, researching and editing his book, Complex Litigation: Injunctions, Structural Remedies, and Contempt and his article, “Measurement of Restitution: Coordinating Restitution with Compensatory Damages and Punitive Damages.”

Helena grew up in Columbia, where she attended Hammond School.  She then attended Mount Holyoke College.  She graduated from Mount Holyoke magna cum laude and phi beta kappa with degrees in History and Art History.  While at Mount Holyoke, Helena played varsity tennis and took part in a seminar in which she worked with Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Joseph Ellis as he researched and wrote First Family: Abigail and John Adams.  Helena is also licensed to practice law in North Carolina.

Helena is currently on sabbatical.  She was selected to write a book on Irish Artists and is pursing her Master’s Degree in Art History at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.  Her plans are to return to the Cole Law Firm in the fall of 2017.

Professional Training

  • 24 Hour NHTSA’s “DWI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety Testing”
  • “Drug Evaluation and Classification / Drug Recognition Expert Overview Course”
  • DataMaster Training Class (Certified by Former Instructor at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy)

John V.S. Crangle, Attorney

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John V.S. Crangle is the Cole Law Firm’s newest associate.  John grew up in Lexington, South Carolina, graduated from Clemson cum laude and received his J.D. with Honors in 2012 from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia.  He joined the Cole Law Firm in 2016 after spending four years as an Assistant Public Defender in Greenville, South Carolina.  As a public defender, John has defended hundreds of clients with charges ranging from public disorderly conduct to murder.  He tried numerous jury trials as first-chair in General Sessions Court and represented dozens of clients charged with DUI offenses throughout Greenville County Courts.

John is licensed to practice in South Carolina and North Carolina.  He serves as a 13th Circuit Delegate to the South Carolina Bar Association House of Delegates.

Professional Training

  • 24 Hour NHTSA’s “DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing” December 2016
  • DataMaster Training Class (Certified by Former Instructor at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy)