Steve Sumner, Attorney at Law

1088 North Church Street
Greenville, SC 29601, United States
Contact: Steve Sumner
Phone: 864-235-3834
Areas of Practice
  • Criminal Law
Other U.S. Locations
  • South Carolina
Number of Attorneys
2-10 Attorneys

SC Court of Appeals Issues Latest Unpublished Opinion Addressing DUI/Drunk Driving Video Requirements

Did the magistrate court err by interpreting section 56-5-2953 and State v. Gordon, 1 to require the video recording to visibly display Dew's feet in a manner that would show whether she walked heel-to-toe during the walk and…more

Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Issues DUI/Implied Consent Due Process Opinion

The facts are not in dispute that Ryan was arrested on a DUI suspicion charge April 4, 2014 and refused the blood test. Ryan timely requested an administrative hearing which was acknowledged by DPS on June 3, 2014. Ryan's…more

Washington State Supreme Court Affirms Prosecutors Right to Comment on a Suspected DUI Driver Refusing to Perform Field Tests

In 2011, Officer Campbell observed Mecham driving in King County. While at a stoplight, Officer Campbell ran a random license check on Mecham's vehicle and discovered an outstanding warrant. He then turned on his emergency…more

The US Supreme Court weighs in again on the defendant's Sixth Amendment "Right to Confront Witnesses" regarding laboratory and forensic reports

At the conclusion of the 2012 US Supreme Court session, a splintered Court authorized the use of laboratory reports during trial without allowing the defendant an opportunity to cross-examine the technician who created the…more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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