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Steve Sumner Attorney
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.
In 1997, Steve opened his own practice as a criminal defense attorney, with a special focus on defending clients accused of DUI, Felony DUI, all driving offenses and drug cases.
Steve currently represents clients in over 25 courts in Upstate South Carolina. These courts include Greenville, Anderson, Spartanburg, Pickens and Laurens counties; as well as the city/municipal courts of Greenville, Anderson, Spartanburg, Simpsonville, Mauldin, Greer, Fountain Inn, Easley, Clemson, Central, and Laurens.
Professional Affiliations:National College for DUI Defense Cole-Huff DUI Defense GroupNational Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)American Bar Association - Criminal Justice SectionSouth Carolina Trial Lawyers AssociationSouth Carolina Bar AssociationSouth Carolina Association of Criminal Defense LawyersGreenville Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Published Articles/Columns:"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"Guest Commentary: Old laws, new consequences for having open containers"- SC Lawyers Weekly"Roll the tape (or not): A review of recent decisions regarding DUI videotaping"- SC Lawyers Weekly"DUI Myths Debunked"- Industry Magazine"Challenging the admissibility of drug recognition expert (DRE) testimony in a DUI trial" - JD Supra/Ezine"Supreme Court Pulls Back on the Crawford Line of Cases" - JD Supra"The South Carolina Court of Appeals Revisits DUI/DWI Checkpoints in State v Vickery" - JD Supra"Criminal Record Expungements in South Carolina" – JD Supra"South Carolina Criminal Court Diversion and Discharge Programs" – JD Supra"South Carolina Court of Appeals Addresses Miranda Warnings in DUI Cases" – JD Supra"U.S. Supreme Court Decides to Review Missouri DUI Ruling" - JD Supra"The Value of Confrontational Behavior" - SC Lawyers Weekly"South Carolina Supreme Court Weighs in on the Requirements for a Proper 'Chain of Custody' in Hatcher" - JD Supra"South Carolina Court of Appeals Issues Opinion Addressing DUI Videotaping Requirements in State v Manning" - JD Supra
Professional Speaking Engagements:“DUI Defense From Jury Selection to Closing Statement" - a National BroadcastSouth 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
Scott (Scotty) Roberson Staff Investigator
Scotty joined Attorney Steve Sumner in 2003, after a fourteen year career in law enforcement. Scotty's area of specialization was alcohol and drug related offenses. He was awarded the A.C.E. Distinction in 2000 by the Office of the Director of the South Carolina Department of Public Safety. In 2001, he was awarded the Traffic Safety Officer (TSO) designation by the Office of the Governor of South Carolina. He also received the Greenville County Sheriff's Office "Distinguished Service Award".
With over 40 years of combined experience, Steve and Scotty have been involved in over 2,000 DUI cases.
Professional Affiliations:National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) National Defender Investigator Association Alabama Association of Criminal Defense LawyersCalifornia DUI Lawyers Association Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Greenville Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Kansas Association of Criminal Defense LawyersKentucky Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLouisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers S.C. Association of Criminal Defense LawyersTennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersTexas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Professional Speaking Engagements:Presenter, "Analyze the DUI case" Greenville Public Defenders Office, Greenville, SCInstructor, "Standardized Field Sobriety Test Advanced DUI Detection" Oconee, SCInstructor, "Standardized Field Sobriety Test Advanced DUI Detection" Pickens, SCInstructor, "Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Course" Denver School of Law, Denver, COCo-Presenter, "Introduction to the DataMaster DMT" - SCACDL, Columbia, SCInstructor, "Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Course" Greenville, SCInstructor, "Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Course" Anderson, SCPresenter, "Expert in the DWI Case" Indianapolis, INInstructor, "Standardized Field Sobriety Instructor Course" Greenville, SCGuest Instructor, ITT Tech. Criminal Justice Program, Greenville, SC
Jamie Brandon Paralegal
Jamie joined our firm in 2005, after working for the Selective Enforcement Division of the Greenville County Sheriff's Office for six years. The Selective Enforcement Division encompasses patrol, traffic enforcement, and vice and narcotics. Jamie had extensive "hands on" dealings with local and state law enforcement officers, agencies, courts and the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV). She also helped direct and coordinate the Safe Communities Program, which dealt directly with officers involved with DUI enforcement.
Jamie handles all scheduling, and is the initial liaison with the courts and SCDMV. Jamie will be your primary main contact for appointments, scheduling, and general questions regarding the status of your case.
Jessica Antonucci Legal Assistant
Jessica joined our firm in 2010, after working as a court reporter for fifteen years. She transcribes the firm's dictation, hearings, depositions and audio files. Jessica maintains the backbones of our caseload and is a vital part of our team.
The Steve Sumner Law Firm represents individuals in Upstate SC, including Greenville, Anderson, Pickens, Oconee, Spartanburg, Laurens and Greenwood counties.
Steve Sumner Law FirmAttorney Steve W. Sumner1088 North Church StreetGreenville, SC 29601Phone: 864-235-3834Emergency: 864-979-0772
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