Case Results

DWI: Case Dismissed

April 2015

Melvin was charged with Driving While Impaired and Reckless Driving following an auto accident in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The primary complicating factor in this case was the fact that Melvin had four prior DWI convictions.  Depending on the date(s) of conviction, prior convictions expose a Defendant to significant active jail time, monetary fines. etc.  

I strategically prepared a trial strategy to address the challenges of Melvin's case.  We instructed Melvin how to mitigate the challenges he faced.  Auto accident cases sometimes lead to delicate legal issues regarding the State's burden of proof in a DWI case.  Such was the issue in Melvin's case.  I prepared to argue the State's difficulties to establish our client's impairment at trial.  I carefully analyzed the officer's notes.  I discussed the case with the officer to determine his likely testimony.  I adjusted our strategy as needed.  

The District Attorney ultimately dismissed Melvin's case.  This was a very satisfactory result, particularly given the real exposure for our client.  

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