Case Results

Driving After Consuming Alcohol Under 21

July 2014

Dennis was charged with Driving After Consuming Alcohol Under 21 in Charlotte, North Carolina after encountering a DWI checkpoint.  As I obtained / analyzed the evidence for Dennis' case, it became clear the District Attorney could easily establish this charge.  Our client's prior criminal history further complicated matters.  However, a successful attorney understands that you must work to improve a client's position regardless of the scenario. 

I continued to examine the evidence.  Dennis and I discuss his case.  I explained his options, detailing not only my suggestions, but more importantly my reasoning.  I made sure Dennis understood, so he could make an educated choice. 

Dennis elected to entere a plea in his case.  He chose such a path strategically, and we prepared accordingly.  When the time came, we were ready.  We got the desire result.  I requested a Prayer For Judgment Continued (PJC), and the Court granted such. This result avoided the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles' (NCDMV) one-year suspension of Dennis' license.  He also paid minimal court costs.  

I was very pleased with this result.  We were able to manage several obstacles in Dennis' case, and ultimately obtain a very good result.  

Christopher Shumate

Mr. Chris Shumate is a native of Gastonia, North Carolina, and worked various jobs while pursuing his undergraduate and Juris Doctor education, including several heavy manual labor and skilled trade positions. In his practice, Mr. Shumate often encounters circumstances where these prior experiences are helpful in representing you. Upon graduating law school from the University of South Carolina, Mr. Shumate joined one of the Carolinas' larger defense firms, where he represented a diverse set of employers and insurance companies in civil cases and workers' compensation claims across the Carolinas. Chris utilized this experience to obtain a working knowledge of the insurance industry, and build personal contacts used today in representing you. Mr. Shumate ultimately decided he wanted to focus his law practice on assisting those who have been injured, and doing so with the focus on a personal relationship that is uncommon in the bigger firms. Mr. Shumate's also has a passion for assisting those facing the challenges of the criminal legal system. By representing individuals in a variety of criminal and traffic matters, Mr. Shumate works to achieve the best possible result for each client regardless of the charges levied by the prosecution. Chris has tirelessly pursued his mission of helping people from all walks of life throughout the Carolinas with a variety of legal matters. If you are interested in learning more about Chris Shumate and The Shumate Law Offices, please contact us at 704.371.5059. We look forward to assisting you to achieve a positive result in your legal concern. Education J.D., University of South Carolina B.S., University of South Carolina Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice N.C. State BarS.C. State BarU.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina Professional & Bar Association Memberships N.C. Bar Association S.C. Bar Association Mecklenburg County Bar N.C. Academy Of Trial Lawyers American Association For Justice