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Stephen Grooms

Stephen Grooms

Grooms & Thomas, LLC
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Personal Injury...
  • South Carolina
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J. Stephen Grooms is a lifelong resident of Conway, South Carolina. He took a job with the Horry County Solicitor's Office as prosecutor in 2011 to begin his career in criminal law. While working in the Solicitor’s Office Grooms handled over three thousand cases, and took numerous cases to trial achieving favorable results on cases ranging from drug offenses to murder. Grooms was recognized for his leadership and trial results and was promoted to Senior Assistant Prosecutor in 2014. In 2016 Grooms and a fellow prosecutor opened Grooms and Thomas, LLC. Grooms experience as a former prosecutor and criminal trial attorney provides the knowledge to recognize the issues in your case, and has provided the tools to represent you with confidence whether your case is a relatively minor matter or a serious felony charge.

When charged with a criminal offense the stakes are always high, there are many attorneys out there who claim to have experience but few who actually possess an extensive knowledge of criminal law and real trial experience to ensure your best defense. Before you decide who to hire make sure you ask your potential attorney about their actual experience, and then I would invite you to call me to see the difference.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Personal Injury
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
South Carolina
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney / Partner
Grooms & Thomas, LLC
Charleston School of Law
J.D. (2010) | Law
Honors: Deans List
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University of South Carolina - Columbia
B.S. (2005) | English, Criminology
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John R Justice Award
South Carolina Prosecution Commision
Professional Associations
Horry County Bar Association
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South Carolina State Bar # 79104
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Legal Answers
22 Questions Answered

Q. i need a lawyer
A: Then you need to call a criminal defense attorney in your area to arrange a consult. While I do not know the allegations or potential facts, generally speaking I wouldn't talk about the case with anyone until you can retain or at least consult with an attorney to get some advice on how to proceed.
Q. I have a fraudulent check arrest record from over 20 years ago. How can I request that it be removed/expunged?
A: It depends on what the actual charge was, if you have had anything expunged in the past, what if any record you have from the three years after the conviction, etc. You can either contact the clerk of court and ask to speak to someone in expungements or call a local criminal defense attorney. This is something you could do on your own, but many prefer to let an attorney handle it rather than learning the process themselves.
Q. I was recently charged with breach of trust with fraudulent intent. I have no idea what to do is I’ve never been through
A: What the potential outcome might be largely depends on the facts of the case. Not having a record is a great thing, but that's only a small part of the puzzle that a Judge must consider if your were in fact found guilty. I agree with the previous response in that you need to talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Q. Can my boyfriend be charged with trafficking if he was never in the house where the drugs were found.
A: Yes, as an element of trafficking is conspiracy. Meaning a person doesn't have to actually be in possession to be found guilty. He will need to talk to a defense attorney as every case is different.
Q. How long can someone sit in jail awaiting trial in sc
A: There is no set time, someone can sit for as long as the State takes to call the case to court. The only ways to speed up the process is for him/her to file a motion for a speedy trial or often times filing a motion for a bond reduction due to an unreasonably long pretrial incarceration can help move things along. The best advice I have is for that person to talk to an attorney because every case is different and what might work for one case could be a bad idea for another. Disclaimer: I am not your attorney, my comments above are meant to be taken as general knowledge of the court system. I suggest you talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney in your area before taking any action.
Q. Hi. I'm researching through files in my brother discovery. And it's a witness statement that wasn't used at trial. I
A: This is a very specific type of law, what you need is an experienced "Post Conviction Relief" attorney. If you can't find one in your area try contacting the South Carolina Bar at 803 799-7100.
Q. What makes a receiving stolen property charge a felony in South Carolina?My kid has hers marked $2000 or less but a felo
A: If you have two or more prior property crime related convictions your third offense can be indicted or charged as a felony regardless of dollar value involved.
Q. How can you find a lawyer who won’t take advantage of you, especially if you are in your 70s, and sober 29 years?
A: A DUI arrest, charge and potential conviction could in fact be solely due to intoxication as the result of taking prescription drugs. Your friend has a lot going for her due to her age and lack of alcohol or drug use, but she will still need zealous representation to ensure her best defense. The price of $4K you were quoted is fairly standard, but many attorneys might be willing to charge less due to the mitigating factors. I would encourage you to get a few opinions before making a decision.
Q. if a person called the police and lied to them about a situation then wrote a false statement on the person
A: The answer is that it depends on what they lied about, and therefore what they were charged with. If they lied about a false misdemeanor then its 30 days, but if they lied about a false felony that charge carries up to 5 years.
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Grooms and Thomas, LLC
4420 Oleander Drive
Suite 104
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Telephone: (843) 444-5702