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Susan E. Williams

Susan E. Williams

Law Office of Susan E. Williams
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Juvenile Law...
  • South Carolina
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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
Professional Experience
Law Office of Susan E. Williams
- Current
Trusted advisor for people who are in trouble with law enforcement.
Prosecutor-criminal domestic violence and other crimes
Dorchester County Solicitor's Office
Prosecuted and tried criminal cases.
Articles & Publications
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?
Speaking Engagements
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
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.
Professional Associations
South Carolina Criminal Defense Lawyers
Dorchester County Bar Association
Charleston County Bar Association
Francis Willis SPCA
Former Board Member
South Carolina Bar Association # 70217
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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
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
South Carolina
Federal Circuit
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    Accept cash, cashier's check, and money orders.
Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Juvenile Law
  • White Collar Crime
  • Municipal Law
  • Domestic Violence
Additional Practice Areas
  • Drug cases
  • Federal Drug Trafficking Cases
  • Bank Fraud
  • Expungements
  • Probation Violations
  • Assault and Battery
  • Burglaries, Shoplifting, Larceny
  • Marijuana, Meth, Cocaine, Crack, Prescription Drugs, Ectasy, Molly, Bath Salts
  • Criminal defense
  • Drug Forfeitures/ Drug Seizures
  • Heroin, Crank
  • Underage Drinking, Minor in Possession of Alcohol
  • Forgery, Grand Larceny, Possession of Stolen Goods
  • Implied Consent Hearings
  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Hit and Run
  • Firearms violations, Unlawful Carrying of a Handgun, Obliterated Serial Number,
  • Weapons on School Grounds, Disturbing Schools
  • Federal Drug Conspiracies
  • English: Spoken, Written
Social Media
Websites & Blogs
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
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.


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?


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)607-9800

How 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

Possession 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

Dui 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 SC

How 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 trial

Arrest 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, Attorney

Domestic Violence Laws

Attorney Susan E. Williams presents Continuing Legal Education for Lawyers on Domestic Violence.

Contact & Map
Law Office of Susan E. Williams
207 East 3rd North Street
Summerville, SC 29483
Telephone: (843) 607-9800
Fax: (843) 821-0031