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Heath Preston Taylor

Attorney Profile

Top Rated DUI-DWI Attorney in West Columbia, SC

Taylor Law Firm, LLC
3227 Sunset Blvd, Building E, Suite 101
West Columbia, SC 29169
Phone: 803-926-2205
Fax: 803-926-4966
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 2012
Licensed in South Carolina Since: 1998
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (60%), Criminal Defense (20%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Heath P. Taylor graduated from Newberry College in 1995, Summa Cum Laude, with a B.A. in History.  He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1998.  He is a partner in the Taylor Law Firm LLC located in West Columbia.

His practice areas include all types of criminal defense, with an emphasis on DUI defense. He also represents individuals in catastrophic injury and workers’ compensation cases. 

Mr. Taylor formerly served as an Assistant Prosecutor for the Town of Irmo and as Associate Municipal Judge for the City of West Columbia.  He is licensed to practice in all federal and state courts in South Carolina.

He is a member of the South Carolina Bar where he is a member of the Criminal Law Council and serves as the section delegate to the House of Delegates and formerly served as Chair, Lexington County Bar, American Association for Justice, South Carolina Association for Justice, where he serves as the Criminal Section Chair, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, where he served two terms as President and is the current chair of the Legislative Committee, National College for DUI Defense, DUI Defense Lawyers Association and served as the South Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman’s designee to the South Carolina Sentencing Reform Oversight Committee.  In 2012, he was named to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for DUI and again named to the South Carolina Super Lawyers list for DUI in 2020.

He enjoys hunting, fishing, and backpacking. 

Practice Areas
  • 60%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 20%Criminal Defense
  • 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff


2 Years Super Lawyers
1 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
  • Rising Stars: 2012

About Heath Preston Taylor

First Admitted: 1998, South Carolina

Professional Webpage:

Representative Clients

  • Knotts v. S.C. Dept. of Natural Resources, 348 S.C. 1, 558 S.E. 2d 511 (2002)
  • S.C. Dept. of Motor Vehicles v. McCarson, 391 S.C. 136, 705 S.E.2d 425 (2011)
  • State v. Ballington, 346 S.C. 262, 551 S.E.2d 28 (Ct. App. 2001)
  • Oblachinski v. Reynolds, 391 S.C. 557, 706 S.E.2d 844 (2011)
  • State v. Vinson, 400 S.C. 347 734 S.E.2d 182 (Ct. App. 2012)
  • Great Games, Inc. v. South Carolina Dep. of Revenue, 339 S.C. 79, 529 S.E.2d 6 (2000)
  • Palmetto Princess, LLC v. Edisto, 369 S.C. 50, 631 S.E.2d 76 (2006)
  • Carroll v. S.C. Dept. of Motor Vehicles, 388 S.C. 39, 693 S.E.2d 430 (Ct. App. 2010)

Educational Background

  • Newberry College, Newberry, South Carolina, B.A. in History (Summa Cum Laude)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • I gave lectured at numerous continuing education seminars on DUI Defense sponsored by the SC Bar, SCACDL & Lorman.  I have also lectured at numerous Magistrate Training Seminars on constitutional issues sponsored by South Carolina Court Administration.  Additionally, I have lectured twice on Criminal Domestic Violence at judicial training seminars sponsored by the SC Prosecution Coordination Commission.
  • The article describes the use and administration of the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test used in DUI investigations as well as the present state of the law with respect to the test in South Carolina., Author, Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus: Drunk Science or Junk Science?, The Justice Bulletin, South Carolina Association For Justice, 2011
  • Numerous Seminars on DUI Defense, SCACDL & Lorman
  • Numerous Magistrate Training Seminars, South Carolina Court Administration

Bar/Professional Activity

  • South Carolina Sentencing Reform Oversight Committee, 2018
  • South Carolina, 1998
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2004
  • South Carolina Bar Criminal Law Council
  • Former President and Legislative Committee Chair, South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • U.S. District Court District of South Carolina, 1998
  • South Carolina Association for Justice - Criminal Section Chair
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Office Location for Heath Preston Taylor

3227 Sunset Blvd
Building E, Suite 101
West Columbia, SC 29169

Phone: 803-926-2205

Fax: 803-926-4966

Last Updated: 1/28/2021

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