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Stephen Grooms

Stephen Grooms

Grooms & Thomas, LLC
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Personal Injury ...
  • South Carolina
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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
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    DUI & DWI
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Traffic Tickets
    Suspended License
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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
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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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48 Questions Answered
Q. Can I answer no to the question listed below if I was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor? No conviction occurred.
A: The answer to your question is "yes". You can state that you have never been convicted, assuming this is your only criminal court case. PTI is not a conviction, it is a diversion program that allows you to resolve your charge without going to court and entering a plea. Best of luck
Q. Will I have trouble in the airport?
A: It sounds like you may have been issued a citation for shoplifting or petty larceny and plead guilty or no contest. If this is the case then that is a criminal misdemeanor charge, but it can also be classified as a crime of dishonesty. Both could impact your immigration status. If you were convicted of this criminal misdemeanor it would be eligible for expungement in three years if other conditions are met, such as no other criminal convictions for the 3 years after this conviction. All of this is of course if my assumptions are correct, without further information I cannot verify what actually occurred. If you choose to file an appeal the clock is ticking from the date of conviction, I would suggest you contact a criminal defense or immigration attorney in the Myrtle Beach, SC area as soon as possible to preserve any rights you may have.
Q. Why am I receiving a court summons for a ticket I've already paid?
A: If you received a ticket and paid the fine then generally you are not required to attend Court. When you pay the requested fine then you are essentially pleading guilty to the offense. I would contact the Clerk of Court for the court in which you received the notice and find out the status of your ticket and if your appearance is necessary.
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Grooms and Thomas, LLC
4593 Oleander Drive Unit C
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Telephone: (843) 444-5702
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