Case Results

Driving After Consuming Alcohol Under 21

July 2014

Spencer was charged with Driving After Consuming Alcohol Under 21 in Charlotte, North Carolina after he encountered a DWI checkpoint.  I carefully explained to Spencer the similarities this charge has with a DWI, while also explaining the significant differences in the two charges.  

I initially obtained the DWI checkpoint documentation, and I analyzed the materials.  I met with Spencer and his parents to explain his options for the case.  We discussed the pros / cons of the different approaches.  I made sure our client made an educated decision regarding his case.  

Spencer ultimately elected to proceed with a plea in this matter.  We reached this decision after careful consideration of all the evidence in Spencer's case, and we then executed a plan to obtain a favorable ruling from the Court.  The Court granted a Prayer For Judgment Continued (PJC) upon my request.  The significance of obtaining this ruling is that it avoided the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles' (NCDMV) one-year suspension of Spencer's license.  

I was very pleased to obtain this solid result for such a solid young man.  This result allowed Spencer to accept responsibility for his action and move forward in a positive manner with his educational and personal goals.  

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