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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 1997, 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.
Scott (Scotty) Roberson Staff Investigator
In 2003, Scotty joined Steve after spending 14 years in law enforcement, with his final 10 years at the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office. 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.
Scotty has consulted in the areas of DUI, field sobriety testing, and breath testing devices, along with their proper implementation for both the prosecution and defense. He has testified in numerous courts as an expert on DUI and proper breath testing procedures. He is nationally certified (NHTSA) as an instructor in field sobriety testing, and has received advance training at the National Patent Factory in Ohio for the Datamaster breath testing device. This instrument is used exclusively in the state of South Carolina for breath testing.
Together, Steve and Scotty have worked on over 2,000 DUI related cases.
Jamie Brandon Legal Assistant
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 is a valuable asset and an important member of our team. She 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.
Steve Sumner Law FirmAttorney Steve W. Sumner1088 N. Church StreetGreenville, SC 29601864-235-3834Emergency: 864-979-0772
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