Case Results

DWI: Excellent Result

March 2016

Ryan was charged with Driving While Impaired, Driving With License Revoked, and Failure To Maintain Lane Control in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The challenge with Ryan's case was that he had significant exposure due to his prior criminal history, which included three prior DWI convictions.  Ryan faced an absolute mandatory minimum of 120 days active jail upon a conviction.  He was facing a possibility of 36 months of imprisonment.  Ryan faced a maximum fine of $10,000.

I carefully analyzed Ryan's case.  I reviewed documentation from various sources, and interviewed the officer to determine his potential trial testimony.  I discussed the case carefully with Ryan, outlining a specific plan to achieve the best possible result.  I explained to our client exactly how he needed to proceed to minimize his exposure.

Given the specific facts of his case, Ryan wisely elected to proceed with a plea in this matter.  We strategically prepared for this arrangement.  The associated charges were dismissed.  Ryan received the minimum 120 days of active jail time, with credit for the 44 days he previously served.  This was the absolute minimum ruling the Court could have provided.  The Court imposed a sentence of 12 to 36 months, and placed our client on 36 months of supervised probation.  The Court imposed a $200 fine, which was obviously well below the maximum $10,000 fine.  Ryan was ordered to complete 120 days of CAM monitoring and referred to the DWI STEP Court.  

Given our client's prior criminal history and the specific's of his case, this was a huge victory for Ryan.  This result allowed Ryan an opportunity to move forward with his professional and personal life.  I was very pleased to successfully navigate so many obstacles for our client.  

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