Steve Sumner, Attorney at Law

South Carolina Court of Appeals Dismisses Defendant's Appeal in a DUI Case

The defendant Andrew Looper was stopped in Greenville County, South Carolina for travelling 78 mph per hour in 45 mph zone. Greenville County Sheriff's Deputy Matt Smith approached the driver's side window of the defendant's…more

Parker vs. The State of Georgia

On April 5, 2012, at about 9:28 p.m., a Georgia State Patrol trooper conducted a traffic stop of Parker, who was driving his SUV at 72 miles per hour on Route 10 in Wilkes County where the posted speed limit was 55 mph. The…more

In Taylor, the South Carolina Court of Appeals Issues its Latest DUI Video Recording Opinion

On July 22, 2011, South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper E.S. Tolley charged Taylor with driving with unlawful alcohol concentration under section 56-5-2933 of the South Carolina Code (Supp. 2013). During the stop, as Tolley…more

In Heien the US Supreme Court Upholds Seizure and Search of Motorist even though the Basis for the Stop was Incorrect

On the morning of April 29, 2009, Sergeant Matt Darisse of the Surry County Sheriff ’s Department sat in his patrol car near Dobson, North Carolina, observing northbound traffic on Interstate 77. Shortly before 8 a.m., a Ford…more

In Barrineau South Carolina Circuit Court Judge Dismisses DUI/Drunk Driving Case for Failure of Video Requirements to be Met

On June 21, 2012, Trooper Luke D. Perry, of the South Carolina Highway Patrol, initiated a traffic stop on the defendant for suspicion of DUI/drunk driving. Trooper Perry instructed Barrineau to perform certain field sobriety…more

In Rodriguez Nebraska Supreme Court Reverses DUI Conviction Based on Uncorroborated Anonymous Tip

FACTS/PROCEDURAL HISTORY: On April 28, 2012, the Scotts Bluff County 911 emer¬gency dispatch center received notification of a possible disturbance near a rental car business. When the dispatch center communicated this…more

South Carolina Court of Appeals Holds No "Criminal Intent" Required in DUI/Drunk Driving Cases

On October 23, 2010, Trooper Jamie Burris, while responding to a dispatch call of a driver driving erratically, conducted a traffic stop of Mimms because her car fit the description from dispatch and he observed her drive off…more

A Comparison of Scotland's Criminal Court Procedure with South Carolina

A recent trip to Scotland gave me the opportunity to observe some elements of their criminal judicial system. While there are some similarities to the judicial system in South Carolina; there are some critical differences as…more

Illinois Disallows "Retrograde Extrapolation" Testimony in DUI/ Drunk Driving Case

On June 16, 2011, the defendant was in the parking lot at the Dolphin Cove Family Aquatic Center in Carpentersville. At approximately 7:30 p.m., defendant made a 911 call via the OnStar system in her vehicle. She told the 911…more

In Martines, the Washington Court of Appeals Issues Guidance for Search Warrants in DUI/Drunk Driving Cases Involving Blood Samples

On June 20, 2012, Appellant Jose Martines was observed driving his sport utility vehicle erratically on State Route 167. He veered into another car, careened across the highway, bounced off the barrier, and rolled over…more

South Carolina Supreme Court Mandates Both Video and Audio Recording in DUI/Drunk Driving Cases

In September 2007, respondent was taken to the Spartanburg County Jail by Deputy Evett, who picked him up following a traffic stop made by Lt. Woodward. Evett, a certified Data Master operator, placed respondent in the "subject…more

In Johnson, the South Carolina Court of Appeals Issues Its Latest Decision Interpreting South Carolina Video Recording Requirements in DUI/Drunk Driving Cases

In the early hours of March 18, 2010, Officer Jesse Lowe of the GPD conducted a traffic stop of Johnson after observing Johnson (1) operating a vehicle without its headlights on and with an inoperable brake light and (2)…more

In Gordon, the South Carolina Court of Appeals Issues Latest Decision in the Field of DUI/Drunk Driving

On October 29, 2011, the South Carolina Highway Patrol stopped Gordon at a license and registration checkpoint. Officers administered three tests to determine if Gordon was under the influence: the Horizontal-Gaze Nystagmus…more

In Navarette, the US Supreme Court Affirms 'Anonymous Tips' to Justify Traffic Stops

On August 23, 2008, a Mendocino County 911 dispatch team for the California Highway Patrol (CHP) received a call from another CHP dispatcher in neighboring Humboldt County. The Humboldt County dispatcher relayed a tip from a 911…more

Arizona Supreme Court Rules that the Presence of "Non-Impairing Metabolites" Does Not Justify Drunk Driving Conviction

Police stopped a vehicle driven by Hrach Shilgevorkyan for speeding and making unsafe lane changes. Suspecting that he was impaired, officers administered field sobriety tests. After participating in the tests, Shilgevorkyan…more
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Contact: Steve Sumner

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