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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.

Recent Results

August 2018

  • State v. M.A.

    • Charge: DUI, Simple Possession of Marijuana, and Driving Under a Suspended License.
    • Facts: Client pulled over for speeding.
    • Result: DUI charges dropped. Client pleads guilty to Speeding.
  • State v. D.C.S.

    • Charge: Arrested for DUI
    • Facts: Client called to pick up son in police custody.
    • Result: DUI charges dropped; Client pleads guilty to Public Disorderly Conduct and agrees to pay court fines and perform community service.
  • State v. W.L.B.

    • Charge: DUI
    • Facts: Officer responded to a phone call complaining of an impaired driver.
    • Result: DUI dismissed and ticket for Reckless Driving plus court fees and mandatory community service hours
  • State v. C.L.R.

    • Charge: DUI
    • Facts: Client was pulled over for having a tail light out and for failing to maintain lane.
    • Result: DUI dismissed and ticket for Reckless and court fine levied.
  • State v. D.J.M.

    • Charge: DUI and Child Endangerment
    • Facts: Officer responded to a three vehicle collision in Traveler’s Rest
    • Result: Above charges dismissed with new Reckless Driving ticket issues and court fines levied.

Steve Sumner

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

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