Case Results

Driving After Consuming Alcohol Under 21

November 2015

Juan was charged with Driving After Consuming Alcohol Under 21 in Charlotte, North Carolina after an auto accident.  The evidence in Juan's case was not favorable.  He caused an auto accident.  Juan unfortunately argued extensively with the arresting officer.  While initially lying to the officer, Juan subsequently admitted to consuming alcohol, driving, and causing the accident.  Our client failed several standardized field sobriety tests (SFST's).  

A Driving After Consuming Alcohol Under 21 case presents a unique scenario.  This charge can certainly be defended.  I always carefully analyze the evidence to determine the best legal strategy for our client.  In this case, I obtained the above-referenced documentation and advised Juan accordingly.  One key challenge with this charge is the District Attorney only has to establish the Defendant was operating his vehicle after consuming any alcohol.  While this is a low threshold, there are scenarios where we are able to successfully defend this charge at trial.  For example, I may be able to successfully argue the officer's stop of the Defendant was invalid.  

Juan elected to proceed with a plea based upon the evidence in his case and several additional considerations.  I prepared our client accordingly, so we could achieve the desired result.  The Court granted a Prayer For Judgment Continued (PJC) upon my request.  This result avoided the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles' (NCDMV) one-year suspension of Juan's license.  

This was a very satisfactory result for Juan's case.  This case illustrates that, while every case cannot result in a "not guilty", I can continue to win battles for my client.  Here, we preserved Juan's license and minimized his court costs / fines.    

Court: Charlotte, North Carolina

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