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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
    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
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
42 Questions Answered
Q. I have a pending assault and battery 3rd degree. If the victim doesn’t show up to court, do they drop the charge?
A: If you do not show up to court then you can be tried in your absence and found guilty. Even if the alleged victim does not appear, If you are not there to make certain objections to hearsay testimony then you could be convicted. Not showing up for court is rarely a good idea. I would recommend reaching out to a criminal defense attorney in your area for a more detailed explanation.
Q. I got a domestic assault charge a few months back, it got dropped, but I still have another court date. Do I have to go?
A: I would recommend you reach out to the court via the clerk of court's office to verify your charge was dismissed and your presence in court is no longer needed. They should be able to direct you as to how to get verification of the dismissed/nol prossed charge in writing. You will need to look up the county and court to find out who to call. Unless I had verification in writing, or a local attorney appearing on my behalf then I would plan to be in court. The last thing you want is a bench warrant for not appearing, or the court to have a trial in your absence.
Q. It's 0373-Obscene / Participation in preparation of obscene material prohibited a felony in the state of south carolina?
A: This charge is a misdemeanor offense that carries up to 1 year in prison and could require the sex offender registry and/or an ankle monitor if a minor child is involved in the underlying offense.
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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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