Case Results

DWI: Not Guilty

May 2011

Miguel was charged with Driving While Impaired in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Upon reviewing the officer's video, this case really bothered me.  I did not believe this was a proper stop nor arrest, and I was determined to protect Miguel's rights. 

As I prepared for trial, we addressed the necessary pre-trial matters for our client.  We obtained Miguel's license so he could drive while his case was pending.  We also discussed Miguel's options, and I allowed our client to make the decision how to proceed.  While I was angry regarding the officer's actions, Miguel's best interests remained my focus.  We were going to do what made sense for Miguel.  

My investigation revealed the officer followed Miguel for an unusually long period prior to stopping his vehicle.  The officer's notes (and later trial testimony) indicated he stopped our client for a license plate cover violation.  The officer further indicated Miguel was driving erratically.  

Miguel elected to proceed to trial.  I argued the appropriate motion that the officer lacked reasonable suspicion to stop Miguel's vehicle.  The arresting officer is quite experienced.  He conducted a thorough investigation.  He has testified countless times.  However, I was able to utilize the video to our benefit.  On cross-examination, I documented critical inconsistencies in the officer's testimony.  The State was unable to establish reasonable suspicion existed to stop our client's vehicle.  Accordingly, the Court granted our motion to suppress and we prevailed.  

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