Steve Sumner, Attorney at Law

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

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

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

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

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
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