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Timothy C. Kulp

Criminal defense Attorney at Charleston, SC

5.0   24 reviews

also known as Timothy Clay Kulp

  • Licensed for 45 years
    State SC
    Acquired 1978
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Timothy

Learn Timothy’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Federal, state and local criminal defense. Board Certified in Criminal Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification

    38 years, 2,500 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    Former Charleston City Prosecutor, Former Municipal Judge, Founding Member National College of DUI Defense, Member of SC Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, completed Datamaster DMT Technicians Course 2010-Mansfield, OH, frequent CLE lecturer on DUI and Breath Testing, author of blog

    38 years, 5,000 cases


I am proud to be a criminal defense lawyer. I have over three decades of experience in criminal justice as a former FBI agent, former Assistant State Prosecutor (Solicitor), former Charleston City Prosecutor and municipal judge. This diverse exposure to many facets of the legal system has provided me with invaluable experience, which is  otherwise difficult to acquire. I have been Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, qualifying me as a specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy. I am also lead chair death penalty certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court. 



I have tried cases in city, county, state and federal courts in South Carolina since 1980. This inclusive experience has afforded me the opportunity to learn that the best outcomes are achieved by understanding a client's needs and dedicating myself to their interests. A person charged with a criminal offense faces a path of accusation pursued by a government entity with great resources. This warrants the advocacy of a lawyer with significant experience in criminal defense.


Meeting with a Client Prospect.

I will only decide to undertake representation of a client after meeting with them to discuss their case in detail.  The first meeting is an integral component of my representation process. It allows me to become acquainted with a client and establish a professional, trusting relationship with them. This meeting also provides me with the chance to educate a prospective client on their legal matters and inform them of the next steps in their legal proceedings. I enjoy providing comprehensive education to my clients about their case because it allows us to better communicate with each other.  


- Tim Kulp

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Timothy C. Kulp
116 Church Street
3rd Floor
Charleston, SC, 29401

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Posted by anonymous | July 15, 2016
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Highly Recommended
I was charged with DUI and immediately needed an experienced lawyer to assist with my case. With Mr. Kulp's extensive background in law and learning how passionate he is about his business, without question, I had the right attorney. Going above and beyond to help me and my case, the result was great and I couldn't be more happy. Without a doubt, I highly recommend Mr. Kulp to assist with your legal situation.
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Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2015
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DUI in Charleston
I hired the Kulp Law Firm to defend me against a DUI charge. Tim was hands on from the initial consultation to the final plea agreement. He was knowledgeable, down to earth, and always looking out for my best interests, even if it meant more work for him. We discussed all possibilities at every turn in the case and made decisions together. I received a very favorable plea agreement in my case, primarily based on Tim's rapport with the prosecutor, extensive knowledge of DUI law, and his willingness to go to trial if necessary. My experience with Tim Kulp and the Kulp law firm in general was exceptional and I would recommend them without hesitation to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2015
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DUI Defense
Mr. Kulp was extremely easy to get ahold of. He was easy to talk to and easy to work with. I made a mistake and he did everything he could to get me out of a bad situation. I sincerely thank him!
Posted by Josh | June 12, 2015
Great guy and great Lawyer
Tim did a great job of reviewing my case and getting me the best possible outcome. He did a great job of educating me as well about the processes and tests that I went through in order for me to understand how bad our system is :) thank you Sir
Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2015
Thorough and responsive
Whether through bad luck or bad circumstances, if you are faced with a criminal charge, you must consider Tim Kulp and his office to defend your interests. His reputation as an excellent advocate who consistently obtains favorable outcomes for his clients was instrumental in the prosecutor's decision to dismiss my case. Not all criminal defense attorneys are the same, and often the lawyer you hire affects the aggressiveness with which the prosecutor pursues your case. The attorney you select is likely the most important decision you will make throughout the entire criminal court process. Tim Kulp is diligent, responsive, knowledgeable, and cost effective, and I highly recommend his services.
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Posted by Patrick | May 8, 2014
I am extremely happy with the legal service provided by both Mr.Kulp and Mr. Elliot. I would recommend their legal counsel to family and friends.
Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2014
Outstanding advocate
Mr. Kulp represented me in a very complicated case that took several years to resolve. He kept me informed every step of the way. Although the opposing side failed to produce documents, employed intimidation tactics, and delayed the trial, Mr. Kulp found ways to obtain critical documents and was relentless in getting the case to trial.. He provided emotional support when the opposing side tried to break my will to continue. At trial, he was well-prepared and presented our case well. He won the case for me. I highly recommend this firm.
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Posted by Henry | March 11, 2014
Effective and understanding
Mr. Kulp represented my son who faced serious criminal charges. Tim Kulp could not have been more professional, knowledgeable and effective but his best quality was his understanding. He took the time to find out who my son is and fully understand his situation and how he got there. He was there for my son and always accessible through the whole, long process.Tim Kulp was able to get the court to give my son a second chance and my son committed himself to take advantage of his opportunity. The prosecutor told me that she was not inclined to give my son a second chance but for Tim Kulp's persistence and belief in my son. He gave us our son back. We could not hope for a better outcome and my son could not have found a better attorney.
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Posted by Michael | January 16, 2014
Dominic will be back on 01/11/2014, he will be signing up for the Marines shortly after, when can he complete his final class? I also wanted to thank all of you for your courtesy and professionalism throughout all of this without you our son may not have been able to fulfill his dream of a career in the United States Marines. I don't think any other attorneys could have pulled off this amazing result. Thank you, Michael Armstrong, soon to be the proud Father of a US Marine.
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Posted by anonymous | November 27, 2013
Great legal representation!
When you meet Tim Kulp for the first time, you realize you are in the presence of greatness! His understanding of the issues involved in my case was thorough and clear. Highest possible recommendation!
Posted by Jeremy | November 12, 2013
Went above and beyond to get the job done
Tim was incredibly knowledgeable in the field, was incredibly responsive, had connections in the legal system, charged an appropriate fee, and got the job done. I gave him 5 stars and I truly believe he deserves it. Utmost professional in every sense of the word. Need not look further than Tim.
Posted by Jerry | October 16, 2013
A very trustworthy, competent, and comforting advisor in a time of crisis
A year and a half ago, on a Friday night, my son was returning late night from a wedding, my son fell asleep driving home. He was driving a Corvette and while asleep the car accelerated and went off the road and destroyed the car with rolls, tree hits, and spins. He was unconscious, injured, and taken to trauma center MUSC and admitted to neurosurgery ICU with subdural hematome and mild pneumothorax. We were not called by the police or hospital for over 12 hours after the accident and we live 200 miles from him. When we got the the hospital, we were very upset at the police as well as the hospital for failure to call us. He is single and we are his closest relative. We found out that the police were claiming high levels of alcohol and drew blood without his competent informed consent. Police charged him with DUI. A friend of my son was at the hospital and suggested we call Mr. Kulp. This was the best advice we could have ever received. We called him on a Saturday evening and he was extremely kind and immediately made us feel better and advised us what to do and we set up an office visit a couple of days later to go over the case. Luckly my son (who was the only person in the car) was not more seriously injured and lived through this very severe accident and was discharged from the hospital in 2 days. He and my wife went to Mr. Kulp's office and we were extremely impressed with him. He is an excellent lawyer with impeccable knowledge of the law. He was very empathetic, friendly, professional, and had a great personality and was easy to talk to. Courts move very slowly and over the course of over a year, he guided our case through the system in a very expert manner. Ultimately, the state dropped the case and all charges were expunged from the legal system. We are very grateful we found him and his partner Mr. Austin. Both are excellent.
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Posted by Nick | June 21, 2013
Great Lawyer!
I really appreciated everything Tim did for me in my time of need. He helped not only in solving my specific problem legally, but helped in immediately making me feel comfortable that everything was under control and in good hands. I absolutely recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | May 30, 2013
Trustworthy, Knowledgable, and Effective
When our daughter faced the personal crisis of a DUI arrest, Tim and his team went to work on gathering the facts and building a solid defense strategy. In the end, our case was settled in our favor without going to trial. I was impressed by Tim's contacts, professionalism and knowledge of the laws and inner workings of the judicial system in South Carolina. Hopefully we won't need Tim's services again anytime soon but if we do, we know which attorney we will be calling.
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Posted by Drew | May 10, 2013
EXTREMELY Impressed!
Upon first meeting with Mr. Kulp he was extremely down to earth, and spoke to me in general facts regarding my case to expect a suitable and swift outcome. Everything Mr. Kulp was able to do with DUI case was extroadinary and more than professional. My case was eventually dismissed and no DUI conviction. The work Mr. Kulp did for me saved me a ton financially, but also left with me the satisfaction no stone would be left unturned for a reasonable outcome in my case. I couldn't be happier with the time and effort Mr. Kulp put into my case and would recommend him to anyone needing representation he can help in!
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Posted by Raymond | March 29, 2013
Military DUI
When i reviewed my roadside video and breathalyzer video with Tim I was a little worried on the outcome of my case. Tim assured me that he studied this case inside and out and had a backup plan to his back up plan. On the day of court he was able to get the breathalyzer video thrown out and was able to convince the judge that it's impossible to conclude that someone is intoxicated based strictly off the roadside video. I was found not guilty by the judge in a trial by jury even before the trial began! I'm sure if it came down to it Tim could have easily swayed the Jury. He also gave me advice on the Military end of it. I was able to keep my rank and avoid being dishonorably discharged. Tim Kulp not only saved me a great amount of money but he also saved my career. I strongly recommend Tim Kulp to any one that is in a similar bind.
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Posted by Adam | March 13, 2013
The Man for the Job
The best phone call that I have ever placed was to Tim Kulp. After going to a concert, at which I had 2 drinks, I accidentally ran a red turn signal. I blew under, and figured I could get out of the DUI myself. 2 days before the court date, I got nervous, and luckily I called Mr. Kulp. This decision saved me thousands of dollars, put me at ease and saved me from the embarrassment that comes with being convicted of a crime. People who you genuinely trust only come along a few times in a lifetime. Attorney Kulp is one of these people in my life. And if you may ever need it, I have full confidence that Tim will able to take care of a bad moment in your life. If you're in the Charleston area, just got into a little trouble with the police, I urge you to STOP your search for a lawyer now. Save your time, and your record, call Tim Kulp. He will do the best job an attorney can do. Mr. Kulp, Austin & the rest of your staff, with the utmost sincerity, thank you- Adam
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Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2012
They are life savers.
I hired Mr. Kulp to help me take care of a disorderly conduct ticket this past year. I was arrested and this ticket could have potentially caused me to not be able to take national boards for the program I was attending. I was referred by a lawyer friend in Columbia, telling me he was the best. Mr. Kulp and his associate Austin Elliott were amazing. I sat down with Austin and he explained everything to me, with no sugar coating. He helped me to understand the situation, the potential options for how it would be handled and the possible outcomes. Throughout the process they kept me informed every step of the way. I had never been in trouble like this before, so I was constantly sending concerned emails, asking the same questions over and over, and I always received a prompt friendly response. In the end, they were able to get the ticket dismissed with the arrest being expunged from my SC record. I would absolutely recommend this law firm. They are non-judgmental, friendly, prompt and honest and did everything they could to help me. It is rare to be able to say that you have had a great experience when dealing with such a tough situation.
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Posted by Donnie | December 17, 2012
Excellent Attorney! My full recommendation!
Our son was charged with DUI in Charleston, SC. We are from a different South Carolina city and didn't know any attorneys in the Charleston area. Tim Kulp was on the list of several attorneys referred to us by a local firm. After researching Mr. Kulp on the internet, we went to Charleston to meet face to face. We found Mr. Kulp to be knowledgeable and prepared. We also found him engaging and personable. He handled all aspects of our case without us having to physically be present. He discussed his strategy with us, followed it and kept us updated along the way. Our case was successful! If you find that you need an attorney in the Charleston area, we recommend that you call Tim Kulp. He has the experience and the contacts to help.
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Posted by Robin | November 21, 2012
Excellent Attorney!
I was out of state and needed a local attorney. I was referred to Mr. Kulp. I was concerned because I did not know him, nor his ability. I can say without reservations, he is an outstanding attorney. He explains things well, makes you feel like you are the only case he is working on, very responsive, and works hard for you! I was very pleased with my outcome. If you need a good attorney, don't take any chances by not choosing him!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Municipal Judge
  • City of Isle of Palms
  • 1987 - 1990
  • City Prosecutor / Police Legal Advisor
  • Charleston City Police Department
  • 1983 - 1985
  • Assistant Solicitor
  • Ninth Circuit Solicitors Office
  • 1980 - 1983
  • Special Agent
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • 1978 - 1980
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  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • University of South Carolina
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1975

Sample of Legal Cases

  • South Carolina v. Jarod Tapp
  • Murder conviction reversed and remanded twice by the SC Court of Appeals; conviction reinstated by the SC Supreme Court
  • State of South Carolina v. John Peake
  • Driver's license suspension reversed.


  • American College of Board Certified Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Board of Legal Specialty Certification
  • Criminal Trial Advocacy Specialist
  • 1997 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Founding Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI
  • Member
  • 1981 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Superlawyer in Criminal Defense-DUI
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Superlawyer in Criminal Defense-DUI
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale Hubble
  • 2012
  • Superlawyer in Criminal Defense-DUI
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • Superlawyer in Criminal Defense-DUI
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer in Criminal Defense - DUI
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Certificate of Competency BAC Datamaster, K, dmt
  • National Patent Analytical Company
  • 2010
  • Superlawyer in Criminal Defense-DUI
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2008
  • Lead Chair Death Penalty Qualified
  • SC Supreme Court
  • 1995
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Speaking Engagements

  • Developing A Winning Defense
  • Mining the SLED Database
  • 2013
  • 2011 SC Public Defenders Convention
  • Failures of Forensic Science
  • 2011
  • 3rd Annual Reese Joye DUI Seminar
  • Defending the Breath Test Case
  • 2010
  • Anatomy of a Trial
  • False Confessions: The Act of Inducement and Coercive Investigative Techniques
  • 2001
  • DWI Defense Institute- 4th Annual
  • The BAC Datamaster: What They Don't Want You to Know
  • 1999
  • 1999 South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention
  • Criminal Update and Rules That Both the Prosecution and Defense Would Find Beneficial
  • 1999
  • 1999 South Carolina Trial Lawyers Annual Convention
  • Kulp's 14th and Final Palm Computer; Your Firm and Y2K-Say It Ain't So
  • 1999
  • 1999 South Carolina Trial Lawyers Annual Convention
  • The Datamaster and Your Client: The Best Way to Determine What Your Jury Knows About What Your Client Blows
  • 1999
  • 1999 SC Public Defenders Conference
  • DUI- New Laws, New Strategies
  • 1999
  • Defense Lawyers' Special Tactics and Strategies
  • Simulator Testing: A Joke That No One Laughs At
  • 1998
  • Computer Technology: Making the Right Choices for Your Law Office
  • A Day in the Life of Dr. Dweeb-One Lawyer's Story of Technological Conversion
  • 1994
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Attorney endorsements

Received (25)
Given (7)
Endorse Timothy
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Tim has a deep and almost encyclopedic knowledge of criminal and DUI law. He is a vigorous and relentless advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Tim is an excellent attorney who has assisted me in numerous respects. His credentials are excellent and he has extraordinary experience. Can't recommend him highly enough."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Tim for close to 20 years and he is the one of the most respected attorneys I know. He is generous with his knowledge to other attorneys and is a tireless advocate for his clients. Tim taught me that one should learn all one can about the science of DUI and use that knowledge to attack the state's case. Much of what I know today is because of Tim's sharing and encouragement. If you or a loved one is facing a DUI charge in the Holy City or other parts of the Low County, Tim should be called for help. If other attorneys go to him for help, shouldn't you or your loved one?"
Unknown Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tim is an experienced and knowledgeable attorney. He is also a significant contributor to the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tim is one of the most studious lawyers I know. Tim will break a case down to the last letter for his clients. He brings a number of years of experience to the table and he gets excellent results."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Tim Kulp. I have sent him several matters in Charleston, SC and have received outstanding feedback from all of them. He works tirelessly to get the results his clients desire."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with and seen Mr. Kulp represent his clients. There is no question that he provides top-shelf service. With regard to DUI cases, I don't know of anyone with more knowledge and ability than Mr. Kulp."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Kulp is an accomplished, intelligent and well-respected South Carolina lawyer known by for his creative & diligent approach to the litigation process. Anyone who knows him knows he isn't afraid of a challenge, so if you've got a difficult or tricky criminal issue, he's at his best. As a young SC trial lawyer, I offer my most enthusiastic recommendation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tim is experienced, smart, and passionate. His clients couldn't get a better fight from anyone else. Tim is one of the first people call when I am trying to get creative in a difficult situation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the pleasure of attending seminars where Mr. Kulp was speaking. I have visited his website and listened to his sage perspectives on criminal defense issues. In my view after having practiced law myself for over 24 years, Mr. Kulp is most impressive and inspires me to become a better lawyer. He is what you envision when you think of a top shelf Charleston lawyer. Robert Reeves"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer unequivocally. I've had the privilege of working with Mr. Kulp for four years. I've seen first hand the immense knowledge, experience, and dedication he gives to all of his clients. I know the countless hours of thought and preparation Mr. Kulp dedicates to his clients behind the scenes that neither the client or opposing counsel will ever see. Tim Kulp is a lawyer's lawyer and in my opinion one of the best attorneys in Charleston."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Timothy. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Tim Kulp without reservation - he is a brilliant attorney who has a wealth of experience and knowledge to bring to bear on his clients' behalf. Tim is one of few lawyers that I have called over the years looking for help on my own cases and he has never disappointed."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have been fortunate to know Tim since clerking in law school. Tim is not only a brilliant, dedicated and excellent attorney, but he brings to the table a wealth of experience. That experience has been accumulated over decades not only in prosecuting and defending criminal cases, but also through Tim's experience as a Special Agent with the FBI. Tim's unique experience allows him to often see cases and issues from a different perspective than many attorneys, a trait that has served his clients well over the years. As President of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, I have had the pleasure of seeing Tim spend great time and effort to help educate other lawyers. Tim has been an active member of SCACDL since I have known him, aggressively pushing new tactics and strategies and volunteering to assist whenever needed. Tim Kulp is one of those lawyers other lawyers ask for advice. If you hire Tim Kulp, you're getting one of the best attorney in SC."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Tim. He is dedicated, knowledgeable and tenacious in his defense of clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tim is as knowledgable as they come in DUI defense."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tim Kulp brings an FBI training background to his criminal defense practice, along with the full knowledge of tricks and deceptions that are often committed by rogue law enforcement officers. He will dig through the core of the earth and emerge at China if it helps his client win. Smart, savvy and experienced. Tim is sort of a legal ninja when it comes to blindsiding the prosecution on novel legal attacks. I am glad to have him serving now on the side of JUSTICE. In the 20 years I have known him, he has only developed a stronger resolve to win."
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