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Steve Sumner Attorney

Steve W. Summer

Steve graduated from the USC School of Law in 1992. As a student, he was named to the “Order of the Wig and Robe” for superior academic achievement. Additionally, Steve was part of the “Mock Trial Competition” winning team at USC, which represented USC in the southeastern regional of the national competition.

Steve served as a state court prosecutor from 1992 to 1994. His primary case load consisted of prosecuting DUI, Felony DUI, Reckless Homicide, and Traffic Offenses.

Since opening his own practice as a criminal defense attorney in 1997, Steve has been
recognized both nationally and locally for his work in defending clients accused of DUI,
Felony DUI, all driving offenses, and drug cases (see Professional Affiliations below).

Steve currently represents clients in over 25 courts in Upstate South Carolina including Greenville, Anderson, Pickens, Oconee, Spartanburg, Laurens, and Greenwood Counties.

 

Professional Affiliations

Better Business Bureau of the Upstate – Winner of the 2012 “Business of Integrity Award for Customer Service”

Best Lawyers in America – DUI Defense

Best Attorneys of America – Lifetime Charter Member

South Carolina Super Lawyers – DUI Defense

The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Trial Lawyers

National College for DUI Defense

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)

American Bar Association – Criminal Justice Section

South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association

South Carolina Bar Association

South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Greenville Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

DUI Defense Lawyers Association

 

Professional Speaking Engagements

“For the DUI Practitioner: A Review of Significant South Carolina, US Supreme Court and National Decisions” –Columbia, SC

“From Schmerber to McNeely: a review of DUI cases decided by the US Supreme Court” -Columbia, SC

“DUI Defense from Jury Selection to Closing Statement” -National Broadcast

South Carolina Summary Court Judges –Magistrate’s Intensive Training Seminar -Columbia, SC

“Handling Your First DUI Case” -Charlotte, NC

“Handling Your First DUI Case” -Columbia, SC

“Emerging Issues in DUI/Drunk Driving Cases” -Columbia, SC

“Preparing a Criminal Case for Trial” -Charleston School of Law, Charleston, SC

“Social Media, Discovery and Evidence in Criminal Cases”-Charlotte, NC

“An Introductory Course: Handling the First DUI Case”-Columbia, SC

“Latest Developments in DUI”-Columbia, SC

“Recent Developments in DUI”-Greenville, SC

“Knowing your Rights as a Citizen”-Furman University – Greenville, SC

 

Published Articles/Columns

“Emma’s Law relies on technology to fight DUI” -The Greenville News

“Five decisions that matter the most to DUI attorneys” -South Carolina Lawyers Weekly

“A Line is Drawn on the DUI Exception” -South Carolina Lawyers Weekly

“The Current State of Confrontation” -The Voice (Fort Worth, Texas)

“State’s New DUI Reform Law Aims for Balance”-The Greenville News

“Verdict is Out on whether DUI Reform will give Balance” -The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)

“Our Rights Should be Carefully Guarded” -The Greenville News

“Employees who Drive Carry Host of Issues”-GSA Business Journal

“Old laws, new consequences for having open containers” -South Carolina Laywers Weekly

“Roll the tape (or not): A review of recent decisions regarding DUI videotaping” -South

Carolina Lawyers Weekly

“DUI Myths Debunked”-Industry Magazine

“The Value of Confrontational Behavior” -South Carolina Lawyers Weekly

 

Jessica Antonucci Legal Assistant

Jessica Antonucci

Jessica joined our firm in 2010 after working as a court reporter for fifteen years. Jessica handles all scheduling and is the initial liaison with the courts and SCDMV. She transcribes the firm’s dictation, hearings, depositions, and audio files. Jessica maintains the backbone of our caseload and is a vital part of our team.

Hilary Loftis Legal Assistant

Hilary Loftis

A recent addition to our team, Hilary joined us in 2015. She is a 2008 Clemson graduate with a BS in Management and also holds a Property Managers License from the Wyatt Institute in Greenville.

Hilary is your first point of contact with our firm, providing both legal and administrative support. She will answer your calls, furnish whatever information you might need for your case, schedules appointments, and processes payments.

Recent Results

June 2017

  • State v. H.D.J.

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: McCormick Magistrate Court
    • Facts: Client was involved in a traffic collision
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives a ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. M.T.R.

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Laurens County Magistrate Court
    • Facts: Client was stopped for a traffic violation
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives a ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. S.L.C.

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Laurens County Magistrate Court
    • Facts: Client was stopped for swerving (Breath test: .20)
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives a ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. P.D.R.

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Laurens County Magistrate Court
    • Facts: Client was stopped for speeding
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives a ticket for “Speeding”
  • State v. P.D.R.

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Laurens County Magistrate Court
    • Facts: Client was stopped at a Traffic Safety Checkpoint
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives a ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. P.D.R.

    • Charge: DUI, Open Container
    • Court: Laurens County Magistrate Court
    • Facts: Client was stopped for driving at an extremely low rate of speed
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client pays a fine for the “Open Container” ticket
  • State v. C.D.P.

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Greenville Municipal Court
    • Facts: Client was involved in a one-car accident
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives a ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. M.G.D.

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Greenville Municipal Court
    • Facts: Client was stopped for speeding and making an improper turn
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives a ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. F.D.H.

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Greenville Municipal Court
    • Facts: Client was stopped after striking a curb and a light pole
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives a ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. D.G.M.

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Greenville Municipal Court
    • Facts: Client was stopped for driving without headlights at night
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives a ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. M.M.W.

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Greenville Municipal Court
    • Facts: Client was involved in a two-vehicle collision
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives a ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. W.M.L.

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Greenville Municipal Court
    • Facts: Client was involved in a three-vehicle collision (Breath test: .14)
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives a ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. C.L.T.

    • Charge: DUI, Speeding (66/45)
    • Court: Greenville Municipal Court
    • Facts: Client was stopped for speeding, 66 mph in a 45 mph zone (Breath test: .15)
    • Result: DUI dismissed, Speeding dismissed; Client receives a ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. M.J.G.

    • Charge: DUI, Speeding (66/45)
    • Court: Fairview/Austin Summary Court
    • Facts: Client was stopped for speeding, 55 mph in a 40 mph zone
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives a ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. W.J.A.

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Pickens County Summary Court
    • Facts: Client was stopped for failing to stop at a Road Check (Breath test: .16)
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives a ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. R.H.S.

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Fairview/Austin Summary Court
    • Facts: Client was stopped for speeding (Breath test: .10)
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives a ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. V.R.M.

    • Charge: DUI, Endangering Service Personnel
    • Court: Chick Springs Summary Court
    • Facts: Client was stopped for driving 45 mph past a stopped police vehicle with its blue lights on
    • Result: DUI dismissed, Endangering Service Personnel dismissed; Client receives a ticket for “Driving too fast for conditions”
  • State v. H.R.A.

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Fairview/Austin Summary Court
    • Facts: Client was stopped for drifting over the lane dividing lines (Breath test: .18)
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives a ticket for “Driving too fast for conditions”
  • State v. S.S.L.

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Laurens County Magistrate Court
    • Facts: Client was stopped for speeding
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives tickets for “Speeding” and “Driving too fast for conditions”
  • State v. B.R.E.

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Fairview/Austin Summary Court
    • Facts: Client was stopped for a traffic violation
    • Result: DUI dismissed
  • State v. T.L.R.

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Laurens County Magistrate Court
    • Facts: Client was involved in a one-car accident (Breath test: .22)
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives a ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. K.M.M.

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Fairview/Austin Summary Court
    • Facts: Client was stopped after police received a tip about a reckless driver
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives a ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. H.S.B.

    • Charge: DUI, Speeding, Open Container
    • Court: Greer Municipal Court
    • Facts: Client was stopped for speeding
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client pays a fine for “Speeding” and “Open Container” tickets
  • State v. R.E.K.

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Greenville Municipal Court
    • Facts: Client was stopped for failing to stop at a red light
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives a ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. S.S.R.

    • Charge: DUI, Leaving the Scene with Personal Injuries
    • Court: Chick Springs Summary Court
    • Facts: Client was stopped after leaving the scene of a collision
    • Result: DUI dismissed, Leaving the Scene dismissed; Client receives a ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. M.R.S.

    • Charge: DUI 2nd offense
    • Court: Greenville Court of General Sessions
    • Facts: Client was involved in a two-vehicle collision
    • Result: DUI 2nd offense dismissed; Client receives a ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. R.J.L

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Laurens County Magistrate
    • Facts: Client was involved in a single car collision
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. M.S.M.

    • Charge: DUI, Simlile liossession of Marijuana
    • Court: Sliartanburg County Magistrate Court
    • Facts: Client was stolilied for slieeding
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. L.A.L.

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Cherokee County Magistrate
    • Facts: Client was involved in a single car collision
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives a ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. L.R.A.

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: liickens County Magistrate Court
    • Facts: Client was stolilied for slieeding
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives a ticket for “Slieeding”
  • State v. D.E.C.

    • Charge: DUI 2nd
    • Court: City of Greenville
    • Facts: Client was involved two-vehicle collision
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives a ticket for “Reckless Driving”

Steve Sumner

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  • Greenville, SC 29601
  • Phone
  • (864) 235-3834
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