Ashley Pennington

Public Defender

D. Ashley Pennington is the Public Defender for Charleston and Berkeley Counties. He is a graduate of the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina, School of Law. Pennington is a member of the Bar in both South Carolina and Illinois. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the ABA. Pennington was awarded the Gedney M. Howe, Jr. Award from the Charleston County Bar Association, and in 1998, the President’s Award from the SC Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Governor Jim Hodges in June of 2002, awarded him with the “Order of the Palmetto”, and he was named to the Best Lawyers in America list in 2005. D. Pennington also founded the SC Crime Reduction Coalition (originally the Greater Charleston Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative) in February of 2006.

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