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Steve Wayne Sumner

Steve Wayne Sumner

also known as Steve Sumner

Practice areas:

DUI & DWI, Criminal Defense

About Me

Steve completed both his undergraduate and graduate education in his
home state of South Carolina, graduating from the University of South
Carolina School of Law in 1992. While at the USC School of Law, Steve
was inducted into the academic honor society of the "Order of the Wig and Robe" for superior academic achievement.


 


After graduating from law school, Steve became a state prosecutor.
His primary case load consisted of prosecuting DUI, felony DUI, reckless
homicide, and vehicular offenses, as well as other drug and alcohol
related charges. This experience not only gave Steve the opportunity to
develop and enhance his court room skills in the trial of driving
related offenses, it also gave him a valuable "insider's knowledge" of
how the prosecution approaches these cases.


 


In 1995, Steve opened his own practice as a criminal defense
attorney, with a special focus on defending clients accused of DUI and
other driving offenses.


 


Since then, Steve has developed a reputation as a knowledgeable,
skilled, and aggressive DUI lawyer. He is very familiar with the nuances
of the South Carolina DUI/Implied Consent laws, which can be quite
complex.


 


Steve has been a guest lecturer for magistrates, judges, law
enforcement officers, prosecutors, law school students, and business
associations in the area of DUI law. Steve has also appeared numerous
times on television, radio, and newspapers regarding DUI topics from the
defense perspective.


 


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, Greer, Fountain Inn,
Easley, Clemson, Central, and Laurens.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1992

  1. DUI & DWI: 95%
    23 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 5%
    23 years, 2 thousand cases

Payment

Fees:

Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

7 total 

  • Patrick E. Knie

    Steve has a tremendous reputation in the area of DUI defense. He has a keen legal mind, great courtroom skills,and is respected by the legal community. Steve is highly ethical and well thought of in the comminity.

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    Patrick Knie Workers Compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • William C. Head

    I have known Steve for over a decade. I have been to half dozen seminars with him, and he was a speaker at some of these programs. His strong suit is comprehensive knowledge of the courts in and around Greenville, and full command of the laws of the State of SC. Steve has a one-of-a-kind additional asset: Scotty Roberson, and ex-State Patrol officer as his investigator. You can hire this man with confidence.

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    William Head DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

1088 N. Church Street
Greenville, SC, 29601

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
SCGood Standing199208/12/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2013
South Carolina Super LawyerSouth Carolina Super Lawyers2013
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2012
Level 5 ContributorAvvo2011
Best DUI Attorney in Upstate South CarolinaThe Greenville News2011
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Level 4 ContributorAvvo2010
Certificate of CompletionMastering Scientific Evidence in DUI Cases2010
Certificate of CompletionPositive Drug Test Report/Defending the Drug Case2010
Certificate of CompletionAdvanced Training in the Drug Recognition Expert(DRE) program2010
Certificate of CompletionAttacking Field Sobriety Tests2010
Best Lawyer in the UpstateCreative Loafing2007
Order of Wig and RobeUniversity of South Carolina School of Law1992
Winner of the Mock Trial CompetitionUniversity of South Carolina1992

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Attorney to Assistant Investigator Disciplinary CounselSouth Carolina Supreme Court2003 - Present
AttorneyUpstate DUI1995 - Present
State ProsecutorState of South Carolina1992 - 1995

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
South Carolina Association for JusticeMember2011 - Present
National College for DUI DefenseMember2011 - Present
South Carolina Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2011 - Present
South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2011 - Present
Greenville Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2006 - Present
Furman UniversityMock Trial Judge2002 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)Member1996 - Present
South Carolina Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, Appellant, v. Josef Scott Holtzclaw, RespondentDismissal Affirmed

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
South Carolina Lawyers WeeklyA Line is Drawn on the DUI Exception2013
Voice for the Defense (Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association)The Current State of Confrontation2012
South Carolina Lawyers WeeklyThe Value of Confrontational Behavior2012
The Greenville NewsState's New DUI Reform Law Aims for Balance2012
Talk MagazineThe A List2011
The Calgary HeraldExamining the Italian legal system through the case of Amanda Knox2011
Guide to GreenvilleFeatured Attorney2011
The Greenville JournalAdult Consequences for Teenage Decisions2011
Yahoo! NewsSteve Sumner, Attorney At Law, Releases Statement on the Recent Amanda Knox Case2011
South Carolina Lawyers WeeklyRoll the tape (or not): A review of recent decisions regarding DUI videotaping2011
The Greenville NewsThe Rise of Moped Deaths2010
The Greenville NewsDUI Arrests Increase While Highway Deaths Drop2010
South Carolina Lawyers WeeklyOld Laws, New Consequences for Having Open Containers2010
The Greenville NewsPenalty to Stiffen for Refusing DUI Test2008

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of South Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
University of South CarolinaCriminal JusticeBS - Bachelor of Science1986

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
DUI Defense CLEDUI Defense from Jury Selection to Closing Statement2013
22nd Annual Criminal Practice in South CarolinaFor the DUI Practitioner: A Review of Significant South Carolina, US Supreme Court and National Decisions2013
22nd Annual Criminal Practice in South CarolinaSignificant Appellate Decisions from 20112013
State Conference of the South Carolina Bail Agents AssociationDevelopments in South Carolina DUI Law2012
Skip Church Radio Show 103.3 WOLTDUI FAQ for South Carolina Drivers2012
Skip Church Radio ShowDUI in South Carolina2012
Magistrates Advisory Counsel Intensive Training SeminarDUI Video Recording Requirements2012
DUI Defense From Jury Selection to Closing StatementDUI Defense2012
Charleston School of LawPreparing a Criminal Case for Trial2012
WHNS Fox CarolinaDMV Amnesty2011
Live CLE • Social Media Discovery and EvidenceDiscovery and Evidence in the era of Social Media2011
Handling First DUI CaseThe DUI Trial: Fear Not2011
Furman University Speakers SeriesAn Individual’s Rights when Under Police Investigation2011
WHNS Fox CarolinaThe DUI App2010
Upstate Bail Agents Association MeetingChanges in South Carolina DUI Law2010
South Carolina Judges ConventionDUI Defense and Guarding the Rights of Defendants2010
Professional Network ConnectionsHolidays and Drinking Drivers2010
WYFF News Channel 4DUI Law Brings Much Stiffer Penalties2009
Professional Network ConnectionsWhat to do if Stopped by Police2008