Steve Wayne Sumner

Steve Wayne Sumner completed both his undergraduate and graduate education in his home state of South Carolina, graduating from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1992. While at the USC School of Law, Steve was inducted into the academic honor society of the “Order of the Wig and Robe” for superior academic achievement.

After graduating from law school, Steve became a state prosecutor. His primary case load consisted of prosecuting DUI, felony DUI, reckless homicide, and vehicular offenses, as well as other drug and alcohol related charges. This experience not only gave Steve the opportunity to develop and enhance his court room skills in the trial of driving related offenses, it also gave him a valuable “insider’s knowledge” of how the prosecution approaches these cases.

In 1995, Steve opened his own practice as a criminal defense attorney, with a special focus on defending clients accused of DUI and other driving offenses.

Since then, Steve has developed a reputation as a knowledgeable, skilled, and aggressive DUI lawyer. He is very familiar with the nuances of the South Carolina DUI/Implied Consent laws, which can be quite complex.

Steve has been a guest lecturer for magistrates, judges, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, law school students, and business associations in the area of DUI law. Steve has also appeared numerous times on television, radio, and newspapers regarding DUI topics from the defense perspective.

Steve currently represents clients in over 25 courts in Upstate South Carolina. These courts include Greenville, Anderson, Spartanburg, Pickens and Laurens counties; as well as the city/municipal courts of Greenville, Anderson, Spartanburg, Simpsonville, Greer, Fountain Inn, Easley, Clemson, Central, and Laurens.

Fees: Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types: Cash, Check, Credit card

Contact info
Steve Wayne Sumner3
1088 N. Church Street
Greenville, SC, 29601


Office (864) 235-3834







State Status Acquired Updated
SC Good Standing 1992 08/04/2016

Award name Grantor Date granted
DUI Defense South Carolina Super Lawyers 2016
Best Attorneys in America Rue’s Ratings 2016
Best Lawyer in America for DUI Defense Best Lawyers in America 2016
Top 100 Trial Lawyers The National Trial Lawyers 2016
AV Rating – Judicial Edition Martindale-Hubbell 2016
AV Preeminent Peer Review Martindale-Hubbell 2015
Top 100 Trial Lawyers The National Trial Lawyers 2014
Applause Award Better Business Bureau 2014
Top Attorneys in SC Columbia Living Magazine 2014
Top Attorneys in SC Columbia Living Magazine 2013
Top 100 Trial Lawyers The National Trial Lawyers 2013
Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers Martindale-Hubbell 2012
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated Martindale-Hubbell 2011
Best DUI Attorney in Upstate South Carolina The Greenville News 2011
Level 5 Contributor Avvo 2011
Certificate of Completion Advanced Training in the Drug Recognition Expert(DRE) program 2010
Certificate of Completion Positive Drug Test Report/Defending the Drug Case 2010
Level 4 Contributor Avvo 2010
Certificate of Completion Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI Cases 2010
Certificate of Completion Attacking Field Sobriety Tests 2010
Best Lawyer in the Upstate Creative Loafing 2007
Order of Wig and Robe University of South Carolina School of Law 1992
Winner of the Mock Trial Competition University of South Carolina 1992

Work experience
Title Company name Duration
Attorney to Assistant Investigator Disciplinary Counsel South Carolina Supreme Court 2003 – Present
Defense Attorney Upstate DUI 1995 – Present
State DUI Prosecutor State of South Carolina 1992 – 1995

School name Major Degree Graduated
University of South Carolina School of Law Law JD – Juris Doctor 1992
University of South Carolina Criminal Justice BS – Bachelor of Science 1986

Speaking engagements
Conference name Title Date
DUI Defense CLE DUI Defense from Jury Selection to Closing Statement 2013
22nd Annual Criminal Practice in South Carolina For the DUI Practitioner: A Review of Significant South Carolina, US Supreme Court and National Decisions 2013
22nd Annual Criminal Practice in South Carolina Significant Appellate Decisions from 2011 2013
State Conference of the South Carolina Bail Agents Association Developments in South Carolina DUI Law 2012
Skip Church Radio Show 103.3 WOLT DUI FAQ for South Carolina Drivers 2012
Skip Church Radio Show DUI in South Carolina 2012
Magistrates Advisory Counsel Intensive Training Seminar DUI Video Recording Requirements 2012
DUI Defense From Jury Selection to Closing Statement DUI Defense 2012
Charleston School of Law Preparing a Criminal Case for Trial 2012
WHNS Fox Carolina DMV Amnesty 2011
Live CLE • Social Media Discovery and Evidence Discovery and Evidence in the era of Social Media 2011
Handling First DUI Case The DUI Trial: Fear Not 2011
Furman University Speakers Series An Individual’s Rights when Under Police Investigation 2011
WHNS Fox Carolina The DUI App 2010
Upstate Bail Agents Association Meeting Changes in South Carolina DUI Law 2010
South Carolina Judges Convention DUI Defense and Guarding the Rights of Defendants 2010
Professional Network Connections Holidays and Drinking Drivers 2010
WYFF News Channel 4 DUI Law Brings Much Stiffer Penalties 2009
Professional Network Connections What to do if Stopped by Police 2008

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