Steve Sumner, Attorney at Law

US Supreme Court Ruling Clarifies Breath and Blood Testing in DUI Cases

To fight the serious harms inflicted by drunk drivers, all States have laws that prohibit motorists from driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) exceeding a specified level. BAC is typically determined through a direct…more
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US Supreme Court Issues Latest Search and Seizure Opinion

Narcotics detective Douglas Fackrell conducted surveillance on a South Salt Lake City residence based on an anonymous tip about drug activity. The number of people he observed making brief visits to the house over the course of…more
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Vermont Supreme Court Weighs in on Court Admissibility of a Driver Refusing to Perform Field Sobriety Tests in DUI/Drunk Driving Cases

At approximately 9:20 in the morning of September 17, 2012, the trooper stopped defendant after observing that she was driving a car with an expired inspection sticker. Upon approaching the car and seeing signs that she was…more
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South Carolina Court of Appeals Issues Latest DUI/Drunk Driving Checkpoint Opinion

On March 26, 2011, the South Carolina Highway Patrol set up a driver's license checkpoint in Greenville, South Carolina at the bottom of a hill. Around 3 a.m., Williams approached the checkpoint but made a U-turn after coming…more
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Under the "Totality of the Circumstances" - Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Allows DUI/Drunk Driving Case to Continue

On January 19, 2014, at 2:36 a.m., Franklin Police Department Officer Adam Cohen observed the defendant driving 46 miles per hour in a 35 miles per hour speed 2 zone. Other than his excessive speed, Officer Cohen did not observe…more
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Kansas Supreme Court Strikes Down Statue Authorizing Criminal Prosecution for Refusing Chemical Tests in DUI/Drunk Driving Cases

On December 9, 2012, a Sedgwick County sheriff's deputy observed a man, later identified as David Lee Ryce, driving a car down a street in reverse. The deputy momentarily lost sight of Ryce but then saw Ryce pull out of a nearby…more
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South Carolina Governor Signs New Law on Expungements

On February 16, 2016, South Carolina Governor Nikki Hailey signed new legislation into law (Bill Numbers R-134/S-255) requiring the destruction of all booking and arrest records (mug shots, fingerprint cards, police reports,…more
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Suffolk County District Court Dismisses DUI/Drunk Driving Charge

The factual allegations of the information state, inter alia, that on November 19, 2015 at approximately 3:23 AM the defendant was operating a motor vehicle at 65 mph in a 40 mph zone and that the defendant "had bloodshot glassy…more
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Kentucky Supreme Court Issues Latest Opinion on DUI/Drunk Driving Road Blocks

Billy Cox was stopped at a roadblock conducted by the Kentucky State Police (KSP) at a highway intersection. As Cox approached the roadblock, one of the troopers noticed that he was not wearing his seatbelt. When questioned, Cox…more
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Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals Issues Latest Decision Considering the Constitutionality of a Traffic Stop

Johnson worked as a pizza delivery manager in Flint, Michigan. He left work just before 1:45 a.m. the morning of May 25, 2012, and dropped off a co-worker before proceeding home. Around 1:48 a.m., Johnson was driving east on…more
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In Won, Supreme Court of Hawaii Issues a Ruling Clarifying "Informed Consent" for Alcohol Tests in DUI Cases

The prohibition against operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant (OVUII) provides that all drivers are deemed to have given consent to submit to a test of their breath, blood, or urine, for the purpose of…more
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South Carolina Supreme Court Clarifies Video Recording Requirements in DUI Cases

On October 29, 2011, Gordon was stopped at a license and registration checkpoint by a South Carolina Highway Patrol Officer. The officer administered several field sobriety tests. The test at issue in this case is the HGN test…more
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South Carolina Supreme Court Issues Latest DUI Opinion in Henkel

A witness observed a vehicle being driven erratically on I-385 and ultimately wrecking. Sergeant Hiott responded to the wreck and organized a search after learning from a witness that the driver had fled the scene. Officers were…more
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In Burns, South Carolina Circuit Court Dismisses Warrantless DUI Charge

On July 4, 2014, River Hills Security Officer Foster witnessed Respondent Burns driving left of center in the River Hills neighborhood in Lake Wylie, York County, South Carolina. River Hills Security Officer Foster initiated a…more
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Georgia Supreme Court Addresses Blood Draws in DUI/Drunk Driving Cases

On September 22, 2012, Williams was arrested by an officer of the Gwinnett County Police Department and charged with DUI and failure to maintain lane; the officer had “reasonable articulable suspicion” to stop Williams and…more
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1088 North Church Street
Greenville, SC 29601, United States

Contact: Steve Sumner

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