Case Results

DWI: Motion To Dismiss Granted

October 2014

Don was charged in Charlotte, North Carolina with Driving While Impaired, Failure To Maintain Lane Control, and Hit and Run.  The investigation of this case was quite difficult.  Three officers were involved in the case and needed to testify at trial.  However, the State was unable to produce video documentation from any of the officers.  

The complexity of the case and the uncertainty of the officers' testimony presented us with some difficulty as we prepared Don's strategy.  My approach with any case is to ensure our client is prepared for the worst-case scenario, while working towards the best-case scenario.  Simply stated, I make every effort to protect my client's interests.  While we prepared for trial, I provided Don the proper legal advice throughout his case.  

We obtained Don's license, so he could drive pending the disposition of his charges.  We also prepared Don to obtain a favorable ruling from the Court if needed.  I made sure Don understood what we were doing, and why were were doing so.  

At trial, I presented appropriate motions to dismiss the charges to the Court.  The Judge granted a dismissal of all three charges against Don.  This was a significant victory for our client.  The ruling preserved Don's North Carolina license.  He avoided significant court costs / fines, along with requirements to complete treatment and community service.  

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