Michael C. Sahn

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Charleston, South Carolina

Sahn Law Firm
Michael C. Sahn
Sahn Law Firm

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, DUI-DWI, Personal Injury; view more

Licensed in South Carolina since: 2007

Education: University of South Carolina School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2023 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2016 - 2019
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Sahn Law Firm

225 Seven Farms Drive
Suite 105
Charleston, SC 29492 Visit website


Michael C. Sahn is a top-rated criminal defense attorney and the owner of Sahn Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina. He has been practicing law for over 15 years and understands that even the slightest conviction can have an impact on someone's life for years after. He has helped thousands of clients get the results they need.  In addition to criminal defense and DUI, Mr. Sahn also handles serious personal injury and workers' compensation cases.

Between 2007 and 2011, Mr. Sahn was a solicitor (prosecutor) for the 9th Judicial Circuit of South Carolina, an area that encompasses Charleston and Berkeley counties. Soon after, he was appointed as a lead prosecutor of DUI cases in Charleston County, where he managed thousands of DUI offenses ranging from first-offense DUI to felony DUI involving wrongful death.

Armed with the experience and knowledge of South Carolina criminal laws, Mr. Sahn has achieved numerous successful verdicts and results at the state and federal levels in cases involving homicide, armed robbery, sexual assault, drug charges, domestic violence, battery and other traffic violations in addition to DUI.

Hailing from Charleston, Mr. Sahn – after graduating the top of his class at Porter-Gaud School in 1998 – gained his Bachelor of Science in finance in 2002 from the University of Virginia where he was distinguished as a National Merit Scholar. Seven years later, he received his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law cum laude and moved on to be welcomed into the Order of the Wig and Robe, which acknowledges law school graduates with exemplary academic records.

Mr. Sahn has been rated 10 out of 10 on Avvo and Justia, and AV Preeminent* through Martindale-Hubbell. Furthermore, he was listed among the Top 3 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Charleston by ThreeBestRated and the Best Personal Injury Lawyers in Charleston by Expertise. He was also awarded the Martindale Hubbell's Platinum Client Champion Award, recognized by America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys, and selected to the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ falls into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Workers' Compensation: Claimant

Focus areas

Animal Bites, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault, Assault & Battery, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, DUI/DWI, Dram Shop Laws, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Probation, Slip and Fall, Theft, Traffic Violations, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 70% Criminal Defense
  • 10% Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 10% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10% Workers' Compensation: Claimant

First Admitted: 2007, South Carolina

Professional Webpage: https://www.sahnlaw.com/attorney-profile/michael-c-sahn-esq/

  • Sahn Law Firm Video 1, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZ0tbYkFLeY
Firm News (Newsletters):
  • Sahn Law Firm Newsletter, www.sahnlaw.com, Criminal Defense
  • Membership among America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys is meant to identify and highlight the accomplishments of the nation’s most esteemed and skilled White-Collar and General Criminal Defense Attorneys. Only 100 attorneys in each state will receive this honor and be selected for membership among America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys. While selection for any award, honor, or exclusive membership organization is always subjective in nature, we have developed a comprehensive multi-phase selection process involving propriety algorithms and Qualitative Comparative Analysis in an effort to help ensure that only the most skilled and exceptional Criminal Defense attorneys in the community are selected for membership, America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Rated a Top Attorney in Criminal Defense, Avvo
  • Rated among Best Personal Injury Lawyers in Charleston, Expertise
  • Rated among Best Car Accident Lawyers in Charleston, Expertise
  • Recipient, Selected to Super Lawyers
  • Rated Client Champion Of Platinum, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Rated 10.0 Lawyer Rating, Justia
  • Expert recommended Top 3 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Charleston, South Carolina. All of our criminal defense lawyers actually face a rigorous 50-Point Inspection, which includes customer reviews, history, complaints, ratings, satisfaction, trust, cost and general excellence, 3 Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Charleston, SC, 3 Best Rated, 2022
  • Clients' Choice Award, Avvo
  • This is the highest rating you can get in the peer-review process. To earn an AV rating, you’ll need at least 10 years of experience. If you receive an AV rating, it means you’ve been recognized for having high levels of integrity and skill, 2019 - 2022, AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Awarded to only the top 15% of one's graduating law school class., Order of Wig and Robe, University of South Carolina School of Law, 2007
  • 10.0 (Superb) out of 10.0, Avvo Rating
  • Graduated Cum Laude from Law School, 2007
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Law Journal: Real Property and Trust Journal, Staff member, University of South Carolina School of Law, 2005 – 2007
  • ABA Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal, Editorial Board, Editor, ABA Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal, Legal
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. District Court District of South Carolina, 2011
  • Charleston Bar Association, Member, 2007 – Present
  • South Carolina Bar Association, Member, 2007 – Present
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • South Carolina, 2007, 2022
Educational Background:
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce, B.S. in Commerce-Finance, Honors: Merit Scholar, Dean’s List, May, 2002, 2002
  • Porter-Gaud School, 1998
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Family Helping Families, 2022
  • Families Helping Families
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association Volunteer
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Multiple criminal charges dismissed, 2022
Industry Groups:
  • Litigation

Office location for Michael C. Sahn

225 Seven Farms Drive
Suite 105
Charleston, SC 29492

Phone: 843-856-2222


2 Years Super Lawyers
4 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2023 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2016 - 2019

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