Criminal Defense


You Don’t Have to Face Your Criminal Charges Alone

Most people don’t expect to be in a situation where they need a criminal defense lawyer.

Truth is, we’ve all made mistakes or exercised poor judgment at some point – being arrested and charged with a crime can happen to anyone. If you’re facing a criminal case, you might feel like your life is over, but it doesn’t have to be. Not when you have a passionate advocate in your corner. At Stoney & Walker, LLC, we’re for you – to make sure your rights are protected and to help you get back on track with life after the traumatic experience of an arrest.

If you need a criminal defense lawyer in South Carolina, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Stoney & Walker, LLC, today.

Get Help from a Criminal Defense Attorney in South Carolina
Stoney & Walker can take on a wide range of felony and misdemeanor criminal defense cases in the North Charleston and Columbia, SC areas. In addition to probation violation and DUI cases, attorney Stoney or attorney Walker can help you if you’ve been charged with:

  • Underage drinking
  • Traffic offenses
  • DUI
  • Domestic violence
  • Assault and battery
  • Drug offenses
  • Weapons charges
  • Sex crimes
  • Shoplifting/theft
  • Violent Crimes
  • Probation Violation
  • Federal Offenses

Although we have offices in North Charleston and Columbia, SC, we handle criminal cases statewide, as well. If you’re being charged with a crime in South Carolina, you aren’t alone. Reach out to us today and tell us your story.

Criminal charges, no matter how serious or minor can have life-changing implications. A criminal conviction, and in some cases just an arrest, can prevent you from finding employment, seeking an education, and obtaining housing. Further, a conviction can lead to the loss of civil rights – such as owning a firearm, holding public office, serving on a jury, and voting. You deserve to have your rights protected and the best representation possible. That’s why we do what we do. If you’re facing criminal charges in SC, you don’t have to feel like you’re all alone. You have advocates you can turn to, who can help you get through this. Call us at Stoney & Walker, LLC, today for a free consultation. Tell us your story, and let us help you through this difficult time.

Expungements, Pardons, and False Imprisonment

People often think that only criminals need criminal defense attorneys. Well, we have a few thoughts about that – specifically that everyone deserves a second chance, that we’ve all made mistakes, and that everyone deserves representation by a competent and passionate attorney. But, did you know that you might need help from a criminal defense attorney if you’ve been wrongfully accused, wrongfully imprisoned, or if you need help getting a pardon or expunging something from your record?

These are just a few of the reasons people come to us when they need help moving on with their lives after a criminal case. Let us help you move forward, without a criminal record weighing you down. Contact Stoney & Walker today to discuss your case, whether you’re facing criminal charges or you need help with an expungement, pardon, or seeking action for false imprisonment. We’re here for you.

Personal Injury

You Shouldn’t Pay for Someone Else’s Mistake

You never thought you’d get in a bad car accident, and you certainly never thought you’d get injured the way you did. Unfortunately, accidents happen every day – on and off the road. And they can be devastating. One minute, you’re driving along, going about your normal day. Everything’s normal. You might be thinking about something your boss said, or planning what you want for dinner…

Then, BAM, everything changes. You’re hit by a semi-truck on the highway. You slip and fall under unsafe conditions at the grocery story. You’re mauled by a neighbor’s dog… The list of possible accidents and injuries is endless, but one thing never changes – you shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing.

Call one of our offices today to get in touch with a reliable car accident attorney in Columbia or North Charleston, SC. We’re always happy to answer your questions.

How Personal Injury Attorneys Help After an Accident

In any of these situations, you can end up in agonizing pain, unable to work, and watching a pile of bills grow in front of you. Is that right? Absolutely not. When someone else’s actions (or lack thereof) cause you or someone you love a major injury, you have rights. You shouldn’t be held responsible for the incident and its fallout. And, when you have Stoney & Walker, LLC, in your corner, you won’t have to. We’ll be with you, every step of the way, to help you get the compensation you’re owed for your damages.

Some accidents have lifelong impacts, and you may never be the same. That doesn’t mean you should have to pay for your pain and suffering. Unfortunately, though, when you try to work with insurance companies, they almost always low-ball you. They make it their job to pay as little as possible – and nothing, if they can get away with it. But a dedicated personal injury attorney can help. We have the knowledge of the law on our side, and we’ll use our experience to its fullest capacity to get you what you’re owed.

Talk to a South Carolina Personal Injury Attorney Who Cares

At Stoney & Walker, LLC, our personal injury consultations are always free. Tell us your story, and we’ll help you understand your rights, what you’re owed, and the best steps to take for your case.

Our experienced attorneys can help you file a wide range of personal injury claims, including those involving car accidents, premises liability, workers’ compensation, dog bites, and more. You can trust attorneys Overture E. Walker and Joy D. Stoney to fight for you – every step of the way.

Call one of our offices today to get in touch with a reliable car accident attorney in Columbia or North Charleston, SC. We’re here for you, and we will gladly take the time to listen to your story and answer any questions you have.


When people think of personal injury attorneys, they usually jump right to auto accidents. But people get hurt in all kinds of accidents every day. If you’ve been hurt because someone else was negligent, or because they were doing something wrong, you shouldn’t be held responsible.

Whatever kind of accident you’ve suffered, let us be there for you and your family as you heal from your trauma. Just a few of the kinds of personal injury cases we represent include, but are not limited to:

  • Slip-and-fall / trip-and-fall case
  • Nursing home negligence case
  • Dog bite case
  • Trucking accident case
  • Motorcycle accident case
  • Wrongful death case

Contact Stoney & Walker now to schedule a free consultation with a dedicated personal injury attorney. Can’t make it to our office in Columbia or North Charleston, SC? Not a problem. We can come to you. Let’s talk about your case!

Estate Planning

Estate Planning

We know what you’re thinking: “Why do I need to think about estate planning? I’m not rich. I don’t have an estate.” Well, that’s not quite true. Everyone has an estate – whether large or small – and everyone should think about how their loved ones will be taken care of after their death.

We don’t want to get too morbid, and we certainly don’t want to depress you with a lot of talk of death, but you never know what might happen. In fact, estate planning can be very comforting. Think about it this way. Right this second, you find out that you’re going to die tomorrow and there’s nothing you can do about it. What will happen to your spouse, your kids, your pets, your home the day after tomorrow? Pretty scary and sad, right? With an estate plan, you can rest assured that the people you care about most will be taken care of and that they won’t be further burdened – even if the worst happens tomorrow.

Estate Planning in South Carolina is for Everyone

Now, as you start to think about estate planning, you really should think about calling a qualified estate planning attorney here in South Carolina. Trying to go it alone can be a nightmare.

In essence, estate planning, or legal life planning as we like to call it, is about planning for every stage of life, not simply what happens after you pass away. For example, an estate plan can help ensure that your children will be well cared for if something happens to you or your spouse. It can also protect your assets from the cost of long-term care and give you control over your financial and healthcare decisions if you become incapacitated.

At its core, estate planning gives you control. You get to control what you give, when you give, the people you give to, and in the manner in which you give. In short, it gives you the peace of mind that comes with having a solid plan.

How Estate Planning Attorneys Help

Even a basic estate plan can help you accomplish all these goals, and many more. And, if you’re the survivor of a loved one who’s recently passed (with or without an estate plan), we can help you probate their estate. When you choose Stoney & Walker your estate planning attorney will help you with:

  • Wills
  • Powers of attorney
  • Health care directives
  • HIPAA authorizations
  • Revocable living trusts
  • The Right Guardian Plan™ (minor children)

Let’s talk about how you can create a detailed estate plan that will set your children and loved ones up in the unfortunate event of your death – or what you can do if you need to plan for the probate of a loved one’s estate. Contact us at Stoney & Walker, LLC, to schedule your estate planning attorney consultation today.

Workers’ Compensation

Choose a Law Firm That Cares About Your Well-Being


No one expects to get hurt on the job. You didn’t plan to have an accident. You didn’t want to go to the hospital. And you definitely didn’t want to find yourself unable to work for weeks, months, or more. You did nothing to bring this hardship on yourself, but now you’re facing massive medical bills. And you don’t know how you’ll provide for your family, let alone how you’ll get out of debt. It’s not your fault, and you shouldn’t have to worry about how you’ll get by after an accident on the job.

That’s why workers’ compensation laws are in place – to help people like you in situations where employers need to be held accountable. If your employer put you in a dangerous situation or you were hurt due to their negligence in some other way, you deserve compensation for all of your damages.

Understanding Workers’ Compensation in South Carolina

In a perfect world, you would file a simple workers’ compensation claim, and there’d be no need for attorneys. Unfortunately, though, we don’t live in a perfect world, and employers’ insurance companies work hard NOT to pay out what they owe. If you have a workers’ compensation case in South Carolina, you need an attorney in your corner who will fight for you. You need someone who knows the law intimately and who knows all the tricks that insurance companies use to get out of paying what they owe. At Stoney & Walker, LLC, we’ve represented hundreds of people in situations like yours. We know how frightening an on-the-job injury can be, and how hopeless it can seem when you go it alone. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

If you’re having trouble getting compensation for your injuries, lost wages, medical bills, and other damages, a work injury attorney from Stoney & Walker, LLC, can help. Attorneys Overture E. Walker and Joy D. Stoney have more than 30 years of combined experience handling workers’ compensation cases. You can count on us to listen to you and to fight aggressively for the compensation you’re owed.

Call us today to speak with a dedicated workers’ compensation attorney in Columbia or North Charleston, SC. You can schedule a free consultation at your convenience. And, if you can’t come to our office, we’ll be happy to meet you at your home. We know that this is a stressful and difficult time, and we’re here to help you get through it.


A lot of our clients come to us with questions about workers’ compensation in South Carolina and what it will cover. They have mounting medical bills and limited or no income to pay them – and they often don’t know when they’ll be able to get back to work. Let’s take just a moment to talk about workers’ comp and how a claim can help.

Workers’ compensation can cover a variety of expenses, especially if you develop long-term health issues as a result of your accident. With help from a work injury attorney, you can seek workers’ comp coverage for:

  • Medical bills
  • Rehabilitation and drug test costs
  • Temporary total disability payments
  • Permanent partial disability
  • Permanent total disability

You obviously know what medical bills are, but you may not be familiar with some of the other terms here. So, let’s go into a little more depth on them:

Temporary or Permanent Total Disability
Permanent total disabilities are significant injuries – such as the loss of the use of your back, both hands, arms, feet, legs, eyes, or a combination of any two of those body parts. For most disabilities, benefits are paid for a maximum of 500 weeks. In the case of temporary total disability, those injuries would be expected to heal over time. This does not mean that you would not have a permanent partial disability, though.

Permanent Partial Disability
If your doctor finds that you have a permanent partial disability, you may be eligible for additional benefits and compensation. In this case, you would likely be able to return to work, at least in a limited capacity, but you would have some minor-to-moderate partial disability that would impact your quality of life permanently.

Common Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Your hospital bills and potential disability benefits aren’t the only things covered by workers’ compensation, though. Here are a few more expenses and benefits that you might not have considered.

  • Medical Benefits: If your treatment is pre-authorized, workers’ comp pays for all necessary medical treatment related to a work injury.
  • Mileage reimbursement: Mileage for travel to and from doctors’ and therapy appointments.
  • Vocational rehabilitation: If you’re unable to return to your previous job you can receive training and other help trying to find new employment.
  • Death Benefits: A worker’s spouse, children, or other dependents can receive death benefits when the worker passes away due to a work injury. The amount depends on how many dependents there are.
  • Funeral expenses: A worker’s family members can receive up to $2,500 in funeral and burial expenses for a deceased worker.

This, of course, is only some of the information you might need for your workers’ compensation claim. To find out more about workers’ comp law in South Carolina, schedule your complimentary consultation today. At Stoney & Walker, we’re here for you, and we’ll be more than happy to answer all of your questions.

If I’m Injured at Work, What Should I Do?

First, before you do anything else, obtain first aid or other necessary medical treatment immediately – or as soon after the accident as you can.

Then, you must report the injury as soon as possible. In South Carolina, you must report your injury within 90 days of the day of your incident – or within 90 days of the day you were first identified with an ailment related to your line of work. Upon receiving a proper diagnosis from your healthcare provider, you should provide a written report to both your boss or supervisor and the South Carolina Office of Workers’ Compensation.

Next, don’t skip any doctor or health care provider visits related to your case – even if you’re feeling good and don’t feel like you need to see your doctor. If you’re unable to make it to an appointment due to a lack of transportation, the workers’ compensation insurance carrier may be able to provide transportation for you.

Finally, call a workers’ compensation attorney ASAP. Your employer’s insurance company will be working to pay you as little as possible. You can fight them, and avoid common pitfalls and mistakes, with qualified legal counsel on your side. When you partner with Stoney & Walker, we won’t let you go it alone. We’ll be there for you and your family, giving you the guidance and legal advice you need.

We have experienced job injury lawyers and have represented injured workers like you in Charleston, SC, Columbia, SC and throughout the entire state of South Carolina.

Call us at (843) 763-1300 or fill out our online contact form. Let’s get through this together.