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James Thomas

James Thomas

DUI Defense is All I Do.
  • DUI & DWI
  • Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina
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Biography

Defense is all I do. My law practice is dedicated to helping and protecting the rights of my clients who are facing DUI offenses and other select criminal and traffic charges. Call (864) 863-7174, visit duispartanburg.com, or email jt@attorneyjamesthomas.com to set up an appointment for a free consultation about your case.

Practice Area
    DUI & DWI
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Georgia
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North Carolina
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South Carolina
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Adjunct Faculty, Mock Trial Attorney-Coach
University of South Carolina Upstate
- Current
Education
Emory University School of Law
J.D., with Honors (2012)
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Honors: Dean's Award in Legal Writing, Research, Appellate Advocacy
Activities: Moot Court Society, Mock Trial Society
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Kansas State University
M.A. (2009) | English
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University of West Georgia
B.A. (2005) | English
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Activities: CEDA/NDT Debate
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Awards
Pro Bono Publico Medal
Emory University School of Law
Awarded to graduates for commitment to public service.
Dean's Award
Emory University School of Law
Awarded for receiving the highest grade (in my section) for Legal Writing.
Dean's Award
Emory University School of Law
Awarded for receiving the highest grade (in my section) for Legal Writing.
Professional Associations
DUI Defense Lawyers Association
Member
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North Carolina State Bar
- Current
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South Carolina State Bar
- Current
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South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Current
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Georgia State Bar
- Current
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Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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Speaking Engagements
Argumentation and Debate, University of South Carolina--Upstate
Invited guest lecturer on legal argumentation.
Strategic Storytelling, University of South Carolina--Upstate
Invited guest lecturer on storytelling and the law.
Argumentation and Debate, University of South Carolina--Upstate
Invited guest lecturer on legal argumentation.
Media, Culture, and Society, Georgia State University
Invited guest lecturer on media law.
Argumentation and Debate, University of South Carolina--Upstate
Invited guest lecturer on legal argumentation.
Certifications
NHTSA Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement
Impaired Driving Specialists
NHTSA DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
Impaired Driving Specialists
Websites & Blogs
Website
James C. Thomas, Attorney at Law
Legal Answers
11 Questions Answered
Q. I've had pending charges for possession of class 1and 2 for over a year with no Court date scheduled.
A: The delay - not likely. With COVID backlogs still being worked through, a delay of over a year is pretty par for the course. If they haven't given your lawyer discovery - maybe, that's a question you should ask them.
Q. How long can the police hold a fire arm that was confiscated out my vehicle
A: If the firearm is evidence in the case for some reason (it doesn't sound like it, but for example, someone might also be charged with unlawful carry in addition to DUI), then they'll hang on to it for at least as long as the case stays pending in court. But if not, then they should be ready to give it back. In smaller jurisdictions, this can be arranged with a phone call. In bigger jurisdictions, your lawyer might need to get the prosecutor to agree to a release, or they might need to file a motion in court to get it back.
Q. Hello, I was recently pulled over and charged with dus 3rd offense. My ticket says $2000, but I thought max was $1,000?
A: The max fine is $1000, but court costs and surcharges often double the amount of the fine. And be careful, because for a third offense jail time is definitely a possibility too.
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Contact & Map
Spartanburg Office
2001 S. Pine St.
Suite B
Spartanburg, SC 29302
Telephone: (864) 863-7174
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Due to COVID-19, in-person meetings are by appointment only. Weekend appointments available. You are welcome to call anytime inside or outside the listed hours.