How can I get a license to drive if it was seized or forfeited during my arrest?
If I register over .08 on the Breathalyzer test, am I automatically guilty of DUI?
Am I legally required to take the field sobriety test at an officer’s request?
Am I legally required to take the Breathalyzer test at an officer’s request?
Can I have a lawyer represent me in a DUI charge?
Is it illegal to drink alcoholic beverages and drive in South Carolina?
Is it illegal to drink alcoholic beverages and drive in South Carolina? NO. In South Carolina, it is legal to consume alcoholic beverages and then drive a vehicle. To be convicted of DUI, a judge or jury must unanimously be convinced beyond every reasonable doubt that...read more
In South Carolina, a driver has the absolute, complete, and unequivocal right to refuse a field sobriety test.read more
A DUI conviction is a serious conviction. A DUI conviction stays on your criminal record forever.read more
In more than 20 years as a practicing DUI attorney, this is one of the most common questions I’m asked.read more
First, this is a confusing area of the law for many drivers who find themselves arrested or charged with DUI and also facing an "administrative suspension." If you are confused, it is probably because it is confusing. What is an "administrative suspension" and what is...read more
CASE NAME: Kathryn Key vs. South Carolina (Case No.: 2016-CP-23-06517; February 4, 2017) FACTS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY: On December, 10, 2015, the Appellant (" Key") was involved in an automobile wreck at approximately 8:47 a.m. Shortly thereafter, emergency medical...read more
CASE NAME: Georgia vs. Council (Case No. 16-T-18312; December 14, 2016) PROCEDURAL HISTORY: On November 2, 2016, the above-styled case came before this court for a specially set trial, with pending motions filed by the Defendant to be heard immediately prior to...read more
Case Name: South Carolina vs. Shannon (Orangeburg County, SC; Court of General Sessions; Case Number 2014A3810700545; Filed August 9, 2016) FACTS: On February 16, 2014, Shannon and Eartha Lee Kennerly ("Kennerly") were traveling south on Bozard Road in Orangeburg...read more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 7, 2016 GREENVILLE, SC – Attorney Steve W. Sumner has been named a Best Law Firm 2017 by U.S. News & World Report. Sumner is a DUI and criminal defense attorney serving Upstate South Carolina. The U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law...read more
CASE NAME: South Carolina v Taylor; Docket Number 2016-CP-42-2066; October 20, 2016 FACTS: On June 11, 2015, at approximately 4:35 a.m., Lance Corporal R.B. Thornton of the South Carolina Highway Patrol responded to a call regarding a vehicle in a ditch on Nahant...read more
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