Steve Sumner, Attorney at Law

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Greenville, SC 29601, United States

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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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State of Tennessee vs. Bell

David Dwayne Bell stopped by The Gnome prior to a planned trip to the beach. When he left the pub in the early morning hours of May 13, 2009, Mr. Bell took a wrong turn onto U.S. Highway 441, a divided highway, and began driving…more
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In Declerck the Kansas Court of Appeals Suppresses Blood Evidence in Felony DUI Case

On November 5, 2011, at approximately 2 p.m., Declerck was involved in a single vehicle fatality accident in which she was the driver. The passenger, Shaylee Oxy, who was not wearing her seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle…more
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In Brown South Carolina Supreme Court Offers Guidance for Breath Testing Evidence in DUI/Drunk Driving Cases

On July 7, 2008, at approximately 1:46 a.m., Officer Scott Wilson of the Columbia Police Department initiated a traffic stop after observing Petitioner's vehicle traveling on Harden Street without the headlights illuminated…more
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Georgia Court of Appeals Approves Use of Search Warrants to Acquire Evidence of Intoxication in DUI/Drunk Driving Cases

On March 30, 2012, Officer Daniel Higgins of the Cherokee County Sheriff's office was manning a vehicle safety checkpoint in Cherokee County, Georgia. The roadblock was well marked. Deputy George Rose observed a white Cadillac…more
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Ohio appeals court upholds the suppression of Breath test results in DUI case

On October 5, 2012, at approximately 5:00 a.m., a dispatcher relayed to an Ohio highway patrol trooper that a motorist reported a vehicle driving erratically on the Ohio turnpike. A few moments later the trooper observed the…more
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California Supreme Court Limits Challenges to Breath Test Machines in DUI/Drunk Driving Cases

On December 22, 2007, a California Highway Patrol officer observed the defendant (Terry Vangelder) driving a pickup truck in excess of 100 miles per hour in San Diego County. He followed the defendant for approximately five…more
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