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Timothy C. Kulp

also known as Timothy Clay Kulp

About me


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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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 65%
    30 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 35%
    30 years, 5 thousand cases



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Dayne C. Phillips

    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.


    Dayne Phillips Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Paul Thurmond

    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.


    Paul Thurmond DUI and DWI Attorney
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SCGood Standing197807/03/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Superlawyer in Criminal Defense-DUISuperLawyers2014
Superlawyer in Criminal Defense-DUISuperLawyers2013
AV RatedMartindale Hubble2012
Superlawyer in Criminal Defense-DUISuperLawyers2012
Superlawyer in Criminal Defense-DUISuperLawyers2011
Super Lawyer in Criminal Defense - DUISuper Lawyers2010
Certificate of Competency BAC Datamaster, K, dmtNational Patent Analytical Company2010
Superlawyer in Criminal Defense-DUISuperLawyers2008
Lead Chair Death Penalty QualifiedSC Supreme Court1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Municipal JudgeCity of Isle of Palms1987 - 1990
City Prosecutor / Police Legal AdvisorCharleston City Police Department1983 - 1985
Assistant SolicitorNinth Circuit Solicitors Office1980 - 1983
Special AgentFederal Bureau of Investigation1978 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
American College of Board Certified AttorneysMember2013 - Present
National Board of Legal Specialty CertificationCriminal Trial Advocacy Specialist1997 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseFounding Member1995 - Present
South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1990 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1987 - Present
Society of Former Special Agents of the FBIMember1981 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
South Carolina v. Jarod TappMurder conviction reversed and remanded twice by the SC Court of Appeals; conviction reinstated by the SC Supreme Court
State of South Carolina v. John PeakeDriver's license suspension reversed.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of South Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
University of South CarolinaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Developing A Winning DefenseMining the SLED Database2013
2011 SC Public Defenders ConventionFailures of Forensic Science2011
3rd Annual Reese Joye DUI SeminarDefending the Breath Test Case2010
Anatomy of a TrialFalse Confessions: The Act of Inducement and Coercive Investigative Techniques2001
DWI Defense Institute- 4th AnnualThe BAC Datamaster: What They Don't Want You to Know1999
1999 South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association Annual ConventionCriminal Update and Rules That Both the Prosecution and Defense Would Find Beneficial1999
1999 South Carolina Trial Lawyers Annual ConventionKulp's 14th and Final Palm Computer; Your Firm and Y2K-Say It Ain't So1999
1999 South Carolina Trial Lawyers Annual ConventionThe Datamaster and Your Client: The Best Way to Determine What Your Jury Knows About What Your Client Blows1999
1999 SC Public Defenders ConferenceDUI- New Laws, New Strategies1999
Defense Lawyers' Special Tactics and StrategiesSimulator Testing: A Joke That No One Laughs At1998
Computer Technology: Making the Right Choices for Your Law OfficeA Day in the Life of Dr. Dweeb-One Lawyer's Story of Technological Conversion1994