Bond set at $150K for minister accused of practicing law without a license

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Bond was set at $150,000 for a minister accused of giving inmates legal advice without actually having a license to practice law.

David Lee Edward Mitchell, 64, was arrested by the North Charleston Police Department on Tuesday accused of giving legal advice to inmates. Mitchell has also been charged by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office for the same violation.

According to an affidavit, David Lee Edward Mitchell gave legal advice to several inmates that were either currently or formerly being held at the Cannon Detention Center.

Court documents reveal that Mitchell was convicted in 2005 of forgery and grand larceny and was paroled in 2007.

Public defender Ashley Pennington told authorities that Mitchell collected money from inmates while acting as a lawyer. According to investigators, in one case, an inmate paid Mitchell $300 to represent him because the inmate was dissatisfied with his current lawyer.

Mitchell was arrested on Tuesday by the North Charleston Police Department for bank fraud charges where the suspect is accused of taking nearly $2,000 from a woman. When authorities arrested Mitchell, they say evidence found at the suspect's home led detectives to believe that he may have been visiting inmates and providing legal counsel to them without a license.

A subsequent investigation found that Mitchell had provided legal counsel to at least three people under the guise that he was a paralegal.

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