I Am a Native South Carolinian I grew up on the rural outskirts in the midlands of South Carolina. Growing up I enjoyed fishing for bream, bass, and catfish. A good day in the country was spent riding bikes, eating boiled peanuts, swimming in the Edisto River, and tending to Brahma cows. I attended a small high school and my focus was always furthering my education. Why I Pursued Law After graduating from high school, I went on to the University of South Carolina, proud to be a Gamecock fan. Shortly after my freshman year I was held up at gunpoint and carjacked. It was a frightening ordeal, but in the end I "made lemonade out of lemons" and decided to pursue a career in Criminal Justice. I completed an internship in the SC State House and another internship at the Richland County Drug Court. I was so excited about the prospect of being a lawyer that I graduated in three and a half years from USC with a 3.7 GPA by taking summer school courses (that, combined with my AP credits from high school). I always had some kind of part time job. I babysat before I was old enough to work. I was incredibly driven and realized quickly the harder I worked, the more I accomplished. I worked in a small ladies clothing store, Hallmark card stores, was an academic tutor in college, helped students with disabilities, had holiday employment at the mall, and even landed a job as a courier at a small law firm (Tompkins and McMaster Law Firm in Columbia, South Carolina). That little law firm had some powerful lawyers that encouraged and inspired me. I ended up getting into law school and I knew I would be happy doing exactly what I enjoyed. And I was right. I was the first lawyer, and first lady lawyer in the history of my family. And I wasn't finished making history. Hard work pays off.
- University of South Carolina School of Law
- J.D. | Law
- Honors: Member, Honor Council
- Activities: Member, Environmental Law Journal
- University of South Carolina - Columbia
- B.S. (1998) | Criminal Justice
- Honors: 3.7 overall GPA, Graduated in 3.5 years, with honors, Cum Laude
- Activities: Alpha Chi Omega National Sorority, Academic Tutor- Office of Students with Disabilities, Academic Tutor- SC Athletics Program
- Law Office of Susan E. Williams
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- Prosecutor-criminal domestic violence and other crimes
- Dorchester County Solicitor's Office
- Prosecuted and tried criminal cases.
- What are the laws on THC Vape Oil in SC?
- Grand Larceny in SC
- Do I need a paralegal degree? Clarify your paralegal career path
- Rasmussen College
- How to Manage a Small Law Firm
- Top 10 Questions about the Breathalyzer Test
- IEP's (Individual Education Programs) and the Juvenile Justice Program
- Learning Success System
- SC DUI laws: everything you need to know
- Business Strategies to Get Work Done with Fewer Staffers
- Federal News Network
- What to do after a DUI arrest in SC
- Getting Back on the Road After an Alcohol Related Incident
- Helping At-Risk Youth: Preventing Juvenile Delinquency
- How Has the #Metoo Movement Impacted Allegations of Domestic Violence
- Is your loved one suffering from alcoholism?
- DUI Checkpoints: do they make the roads safer?
- Signs of Domestic Violence & Abuse
- 5 Defenses to a DUI case in SC
- SC Field Sobriety Tests: How Breathalyzers Work
- SC Field Sobriety Tests: Part 3: One Leg Stand
- SC Field Sobriety Tests: Part 2: The Walk and Turn Test
- SC Field Sobriety Tests: Part 1: Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus
- What to expect at a federal sentencing hearing
- Step by Step DUI Process
- Federal Sentencing Guidelines
- Overview of White Collar Crime charges in SC
- Top 17 Questions about Federal Drug Charges
- Embezzlement in SC: Charges and Penalties
- 8 Questions about Electronic Monitoring in SC
- Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor in SC
- Arraignments in SC Federal Court
- Armed Robbery in SC
- SC Youthful Offender Act (YOA) in SC
- 10 Common Questions about House Arrest in SC
- Grand Larceny in SC: Punishments and Penalties
- ABC's of Suppression Hearings
- ABC's of Suppression Hearings
- Crack Cocaine 101
- Heroin charges in SC: Everything you need to know
- Everything you need to know about cocaine charges in SC
- Everything you need to know about Meth charges in SC
- All you need to know about Marijuana charges in South Carolina
- 9 Questions about Driving Under the Influence of Drugs in SC
- Rights at DUI checkpoints and Roadblocks in SC
- What to do if there is a warrant out for your arrest in SC
- How to get a no contact order dropped in a domestic violence case in SC
- 20 popular questions about shoplifting in SC
- How much are court costs in SC?
- What is a pretrial conference in SC?
- What is a preliminary hearing in SC?
- How Expungement Works in SC
- 9 Popular Questions about Assault and Battery in SC
- What happens after a DUI arrest in SC?
- What happens after a DUI arrest in SC?
- "NEW" SC LAW on Domestic Violence (CDV)
- Top 20 most asked questions about SC drug charges
- 10 Things Clients need to know
- What is the Miranda Rule in SC?
- Top 16 Questions Answered about Juvenile Charges in SC
- Your Questions Answered about Bond Hearings in SC
- Can I get a CDV charge dropped in SC?
- DUI fines and penalties in SC
- Court Costs: An Added Cost for DUI's in SC
- Will I go to jail if I am convicted of DUI?
- Is a DUI a felony or misdemeanor in SC?
- How long is your license suspended for a DUI in SC?
- How much is the fine for Driving Under the Influence in SC?
- DUI Field Sobriety Tests, Momentum: DWI and DUI Advocacy, Myrtle Beach, SC
- North Carolina Advocates for Justice
- Was selected to be a CLE speaker for attorneys in SC and NC. Spoke on the topic of DUI Field Sobriety Tests.
- Goals for Young Women, Summerville, SC
- Pinelands Group Home
- Motivational speaker for young women in a group home.
- Juveniles in the Court System, Charleston School of Law
- Charleston School of Law
- Concealed Weapons Permit
- SC Law Enforcement Division
- Dorchester County, SC Bar Association
- Cum Laude (with honors)
- University of South Carolina
- Awarded at graduation from the University of South Carolina at Columbia for an overall 3.7 GPA.
- South Carolina Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Dorchester County Bar Association
- Charleston County Bar Association
- Francis Willis SPCA
- Former Board Member
- South Carolina Bar Association # 70217
- - Current
- SC Department of Natural Resources
- Activities: volunteered to help endangered species.
- Women's Club
- Activities: Club meets once a month with a key note speaker.
- United States District Court for the District of SC Criminal Justice Act
- Panel Attorney
- Activities: Providing quality criminal defense representation in federal court to indigent clients.
- Summerville Chamber of Commerce
- Fraternal Order of Police, Tri-County Lodge
- Activities: Provide quality representation for members of the Fraternal Order of Police
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- Firearms violations, Unlawful Carrying of a Handgun, Obliterated Serial Number,
- Weapons on School Grounds, Disturbing Schools
- Federal Drug Conspiracies
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- Costs of a DUI
- Will I go to jail if I am convicted of DUI?
- Criminal Domestic Violence Law in SC
- How can I get a Criminal Domestic Violence charge dropped in SC?
- Everything you need to know about Meth Charges in SC
What is embezzlement and white collar crime? What are the elements and penalties? Will you be charged in state court or federal court? Embezzlement article: https://www.swilliams-law.net/blog/category/embezzlement WANT MORE INFO ON CRIMINAL...Jury Trial vs. Bench Trial
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What’s my best advice if you are pulled over by law enforcement? The correct way to handle a traffic stop. WANT MORE INFO ON CRIMINAL LAW IN SC? Check...Brand new 2019 Expungement Law & YOA (Youthful Offender Act)
SC has a brand new expungement law regarding YOA's (Youthful Offender Act). If you are trying to get something expunged off of your criminal record/ rap sheet that you...House Arrest
House Arrest: what does it mean? What do you have to do? Who sets house arrest? How do you get on house arrest? When do you get on house arrest? WANT...BEAT a SC speeding ticket: no attorney necessary: DIY free tips
Eliminate all points and fines associated with your SC speeding ticket without hiring an attorney. Points on your license can mean vehicle insurance hikes and no one wants that!...Expungements: Step by Step Guide
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There are some factors that should be taken into consideration when facing criminal charges and you have an Individual Education Plan. What should parents or guardians know when their child is facing criminal charges? This video gives you some great pointers from the time of the arrest through if and when the child goes to court, is sentenced, and detained through the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), including alternative placement.Updated Expungement Laws: Misdemeanor Expungements, including Domestic Violence
A clean criminal record erases past mistakes. Certain misdeamors in SC are eligible for expungement. Certain offenses are not eligible. Get a sneak peak at the new, updated expungement law as of 2019! Learn if you are eligible for a domestic violence 3rd degree expungement. Did you know there are different time periods that you must wait beginning from the date of your conviction to be eligible for an expungement? Learn all about it in this video. WANT MORE INFO ON CRIMINAL LAW IN SC? Check out my website for blog articles that I have been writing for years: www.swilliams-law.net WHAT DO MY CLIENTS AND OTHER LAWYERS SAY ABOUT ME? It’s all on Avvo: https://www.avvo.com/attorneys/29483-sc-susan-williams-4381757.html Justia https://lawyers.justia.com/lawyer/susan-e-williams-1500862 Martindale: https://www.martindale.com/organization/law-office-of-susan-e-williams-156140717/ TWEET THIS VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b768s8Bocvw&t=1s Say hi on social: Twitter: https://twitter.com/ATTYswilliams Linked in: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carolinaladylawyer/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carolinaladylawyer/ Find me on: Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/Carolinaladylawyer/pins Google Plus: https://plus.google.com+AttorneySusanWilliams Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/law-office-of-susan-e-williams-summerville Facebook: www.facebook.com/carolinaladylawyer/Choosing a Criminal Defense Attorney
What are 3 factors in choosing a criminal attorney? What should you consider when hiring an attorney for your criminal case? This decision can be the most important decision you make for your future.Expungements and Dismissed Criminal Charges
Are criminal charges showing up on your criminal record that you want to get rid of? Why is a charge that you were found not guilty on showing up on your criminal record? Why is a charge that was dismissed showing up on your criminal record? Clean up your criminal record.What is an arraignment in Federal court?
Are you prepared for your first arraignment? Can you navigate the federal criminal justice court system? An arraignment is your first impression and appearance with a US Magistrate Court Judge that will be deciding whether you will remain in jail or be released.BE READY FOR COURT!
What if your case is in the media? How should you dress for court? What are some general courtroom rules that you need to know? Should you follow the advice of friends and family who are not lawyers? How do you make a good record for the court reporter or recording device at court?LOOPHOLES: DRUG POSSESSION DEFENSES
From simple possession to trafficking drugs, learn the tactics used by criminal defense attorney Susan Williams. Learn about field tests versus lab tests, chain of custody, consent, Miranda, drug labs and probable cause for the arrest. 207 E. 3rd N. St., Summerville, SC 29483 (843)607-9800How to get a no contact order dropped
How can you get the kids' activities scheduled, pay bills, get things done around the house, afford two residences and run a household if your bond condition prohibits you from having contact with the victim? It is possible to have this bond condition changed, but only through a Judge granting permission. Even if the victim is contacting you, you cannot have contact with the victim. Why? Because you are the one that must follow the bond restriction, not the victim. The Law Office of Susan E. Williams helps victims and defendants file motions to modify the bond conditions so that your family can be reunited if that is what the victim voluntarily wishes to do. 207 E. 3rd North St, Summerville, SC 29483. 843-607-9800. For more information, go to my Blog article on this topic at http://www.swilliams-law.net/blog/how-to-get-a-no-contact-order-dropped-in-a-domestic-violence-case-in-scPossession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana 1st, 2nd and 3rd level offenses in sc
What jail time and/or fine are you facing for Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana convictions in SC? For a first, second and third conviction? Are these felonies or misdemeanors? Is there mandatory jail time? Find out in this video and the corresponding blog article at http://www.swilliams-law.net/blog/all-you-need-to-know-about-marijuana-charges-in-scDui checkpoints and roadblocks
Can the police set up a roadblock to purposely stop people for DUI? In SC, yes. The checkpoints are not legal in every state, but they are still legal in SC. Police must follow certain guidelines.Alcoholics
How do you know if you or a loved one’s alcohol consumption rises to the level of being an alcoholic? In this video we examine the signs and symptoms of alcoholism, symptoms of alcohol withdrawal and what motivates an alcoholic. Attorney Susan Williams handles alcohol related cases in SC including Boating Under the Influence (BUI), Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Felony DUI, Felony BUI, minor in possession of alcohol, and public disorderly conduct.HOW TO DRIVE LEGALLY AFTER YOUR LICENSE HAS BEEN SUSPENDED FOR DUI
If your SC driver's license has been suspended as a result of a DUI arrest, there is a way to obtain a temporary alcohol license. You must follow the instructions and deadlines included in this video to get you back on the road and driving legally.GET YOUR CRIMINAL RECORD EXPUNGED
If you are wondering if you are eligible to get your criminal record deleted or expunged in SC, I can help you. Has your criminal record been holding you back from jobs, joining organizations, etc? You may have been procrastinating thinking this will be too expensive or too overwhelming. Go to the SLED website and run your criminal record. Once I have that, I can tell you if you are eligible for a good candidate expungement application. Good news! As of 2019, there is brand new expungement law so if you were not eligible in the past, you may be now. Contact me to find out.WHAT COURT WILL HEAR MY MARIJUANA CASE?
The court process can be confusing! Depending on where you were given your Simple Possession of Marijuana ticket or citation, you could end up in Magistrate or Municipal Court. Certain law enforcement agencies' cases are held in certain courts. For example, a town police officer's case will be held in Municipal Court. On the other hand, a Sheriff's Deputy or Highway Patrol case will be held in Magistrate Court.WHAT IF YOU LOSE YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE BECAUSE YOU ARE FOUND GUILTY OF A MARIJUANA CHARGE?
Before you go to court without a lawyer, you need to know the collateral consequences, if any, of entering a plea of guilty or simply "paying the fine." If you are convicted of simple possession of marijuana in SC, you possessed less than 1 oz (28 grams) of weed. But what happens after the case is closed? Will you still be able to drive around with a valid driver's license? Learn the current law (which is different from the old law) on this video!How to get a marijuana charge dismissed
If you are eligible, you can get a marijuana charge dismissed in SC?. If you have no prior criminal convictions and law enforcement gives you a ticket for possession of marijuana under an ounce (28 grams), you may be eligible for the PTI program. If the arresting law enforcement officer consents and the judge consents and the prosecutor (if there is one) consents, you could enter and complete the PTI program. The result: your criminal record is expunged.Simple possession of marijuana drug charges in SC
What is the penalty (jail time and/or fine) for simple possession of marijuana in SC? What amount is considered simple possession of marijuana in SC? Is marijuana legal in SC? Is simple possession of marijuana a misdemeanor or felony in SC?SC marijuana drug cases actual possession and constructive possession of drugs
In SC, there are two types of possession of drugs: actual possession and constructive possession. Actual possession means the drugs are on the person (i.e. in their pockets). Constructive possession means the person had dominion and control over the drug(s).Defenses to a DUI case in SC
When the video and audio recording equipment malfunctions while recording the Field Sobriety Tests for a SC DUI, law enforcement is required to provide a sworn affidavit with a specific explanation. This is a possible defense in a DUI or felony DUI case in SCHow to get criminal case dismissed
How to get a criminal case dismissed in SC through the PreTrial Intervention Program (PTI). If you qualify and complete the program, your case will be expunged.Criminal case: how long does it take to resolve?
Timeline for a General Sessions criminal case in SC: what to expect from arrest to trialArrest warrants: what to do about them
What to do if you find out you have an outstanding arrest warrant.What if the police that arrest you for a DUI do not speak your native language?
What if you are arrested and law enforcement does not speak your native language?Were you arrested for a DUI while vacationing in SC?
Were you arrested for DUI or another alcohol related offense while visiting SC?Are DUI Field Sobriety Tests in SC optional?
Are Field Sobriety Tests optional in SC DUI investigations?DUI Attorney in the Charleston, SC area: Susan E. Williams
Attorney Susan E. Williams represents people who have been arrested for DUI and felony DUI.Criminal Defense Attorney in the Charleston, SC area
Meet Susan E. Williams, AttorneyDomestic Violence Laws
Attorney Susan E. Williams presents Continuing Legal Education for Lawyers on Domestic Violence.