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Stephen Grooms

Stephen Grooms

Grooms & Thomas, LLC
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Personal Injury ...
  • South Carolina
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Reviewed by James Austin Thomas August 1, 2018
Rating: 10 Justia Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
Mr. Grooms is a tenacious attorney who is tireless in his pursuit of results. He is highly skilled and a zealous advocate for his clients. Moreover, he is one of the best guys I know.
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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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35 Questions Answered

Q. Hi! Are sawed off shotguns illegal in South Carolina? Thank you in advance.
A: They are illegal, it is a felony charge that carries up to ten years imprisonment. See statute below SECTION 16-23-230. Unlawful storing, keeping, or possessing of machine gun, military firearm, or sawed-off shotgun or rifle. It is unlawful for a person to store, keep, possess, or have in possession or permit another to store, keep, possess, or have in possession a machine gun or firearm commonly known as a machine gun, military firearm, sawed-off shotgun, or sawed-off rifle, except as provided in Sections 16-23-250 and 23-31-330. A person who violates the provisions of this section, upon conviction, must be punished pursuant to Section 16-23-260.
Q. Went somewhere I wasn’t aware was private property and a police told me I was getting trespassed.
A: This is not a criminal citation, arrest or conviction and therefore it should not be entered on your criminal record. There is likely a report that the law enforcement agency took stating the warning you are being "trespassed" or essentially told formally not to come back. You can request a copy from the agency that issued the report if you want by going to the local precinct. If you go back they would use that report to arrest you for trespassing. As long as you don't go back it shouldn't be an issue.
Q. This is kind of an odd question lol so prepare yourself.
A: What you are doing is definitely not legal, I would strongly recommend you quit immediately and stop interacting with strangers on social platforms. There are a number of different federal and state criminal charges this could fall under (not to mention potential civil claims) and the people you are dealing with are potentially dangerous. To be clear I am not your attorney, and my recommendation is general advice regarding the question you posted.
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Grooms and Thomas, LLC
4420 Oleander Drive
Suite 104
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Telephone: (843) 444-5702
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