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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

July 2017

  • State v. E.Y.S.

    • Charge: DUI, Failure to Maintain Lane, Speeding
    • Court: Greenville County Magistrate Court
    • Facts: Client was stopped for Failure to Maintain Lane
    • Result: DUI and Failure to Maintain Lane dismissed; Client receives ticket for “Speeding”
  • State v. W.P.C.

    • Charge: DUI, Driving Left of Center
    • Court: Mauldin Municipal Court
    • Facts: Client was pulled over for Driving Left of Center
    • Result: DUI and Driving Left of Center dismissed; Client receives ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. J.C.H

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Mauldin Municipal Court
    • Facts: Client was pulled over for Failure to Maintain Lane
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives tickets for “Public Disorderly Conduct” and “Improper Backing”
  • State v. A.J.R

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Fountain Inn Municipal Court
    • Facts: Client was pulled over for speeding
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. J.M.M.

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Greenville County Magistrate Court
    • Facts: Client was involved in a two-vehicle collision
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives a ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. P.J.K.

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Greenville Municipal Court
    • Facts: Client was pulled over for front left tire damage
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. L.H.J.

    • Charge: DUI, Speeding, Failure to Maintain Lane
    • Court: Greenville County Magistrate Court
    • Facts: Client was pulled over for speeding
    • Result: DUI, Speeding, and Failure to Maintain Lane dismissed; Client receives a ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. K.A.M.

    • Charge: DUI, Failure to Maintain Lane
    • Court: Greenville County Magistrate Court
    • Facts: Client was pulled over for Failure to Maintain Lane
    • Result: DUI and Failure to Maintain Lane dismissed; Client receives ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. D.K.R.

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Spartanburg Magistrate Court
    • Facts: An anonymous call was received about the vehicle
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. C.M.E.

    • Charge: DUI, Hit and Run, Seatbelt ticket
    • Court: Greenville Magistrate Court
    • Facts: Client was involved in a motor vehicle collision
    • Result: DUI dismissed; Client receives ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. S.W.J.

    • Charge: DUI, No DL in Possession
    • Court: Greenville Magistrate Court
    • Facts: Anonymous call was received about the vehicle
    • Result: DUI and No DL in Possession were dismissed; Client receives ticket for “Reckless Driving”
  • State v. L.W.T.

    • Charge: DUI
    • Court: Spartanburg Magistrate Court
    • Facts: CClient was pulled over for running a red light
    • Result: DUI dismissed

Steve Sumner

  • 112 Manly Street
  • Greenville, SC 29601
  • Phone
  • (864) 235-3834
  • Fax
  • (864) 233-8781

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