South Carolina Open Container Law Could Affect Charlotte Area Motorists

Posted by Christopher Shumate | Dec 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

On February 15, 2011, South Carolina House Judiciary Committee members debated changes to the S.C. open container statute. A proposed amendment of the statute would eliminate a six month driver's license suspension for such convictions in certain instances. Supporters of the amendment note that the current statute does not penalize those with open containers of beer or wine in the same manner as other types of open containers.

Murrell Smith, a state representative from Sumter, points out the law is unfair. Mr. Smith explained that people convicted of an open container charge for beer, wine or liquor all face a $100 fine or up to 30 days in jail. Individuals charged with open container violations for wine or beer don't have their licenses suspended, while those convicted of open container violations for liquor face the suspension. He notes "What is in your cup makes a difference in whether you get your license suspended".

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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


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