Peter M. McCoy, Jr.

Peter M. McCoy, Jr.

Peter McCoy's legal background has given him the experience and knowledge needed to vigorously defend the rights of his clients in all courts in South Carolina. Whether it is a criminal defense case, DUI, family law matter, or a personal injury case, Peter McCoy is prepared to handle all the needs of his clients. During law school, Peter clerked for the Ninth Circuit Solicitor's Office during his summer and winter breaks from school. After graduation, he was hired as an Assistant Solicitor for the Ninth Circuit by Solicitor Ralph Hoisington.

After spending more than five years as a criminal prosecutor, Peter has handled thousands of drug, drug trafficking, murder, manslaughter, armed robbery, white collar, DUI, and felony DUI crimes in Charleston County. He started off his work as a prosecutor by being the lead DUI prosecutor for Charleston County. In this capacity, he prosecuted countless DUI and Felony DUI cases throughout the Ninth Circuit. For his remaining tenure as a criminal prosecutor, Peter handled violent, gun, and drug crimes. He has extensive court room experience having handled numerous jury trials for some of the most serious crimes in Charleston County. In 2010, when Peter was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives he left the Solicitor's Office and opened up his own firm.

Since entering private practice, Peter has practiced extensively in Magistrate, Municipal, General Sessions, Common Pleas, and Federal District Court handling cases that range from speeding tickets, to serious criminal felony charges, to numerous civil disputes ranging from car accidents to libel/slander defamation suits. In September 2011, Peter and Joshua P. Stokes merged their individual practices to form McCoy & Stokes, LLC. In April 2013, Peter was one of seven lawyers throughout South Carolina selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2013-2015 and a Super Lawyer from 2016-2019 in the practice area of Criminal Defense Law. Mr. McCoy also holds the highest peer-reviewed, professional rating ("AV Preeminent") available from Martindale-Hubbell reflecting a combination of "Very High General Ethical Standards" and overall "Legal Ability".

Peter's years at the Solicitor's office coupled with his service as an elected official have earned him the reputation as a honest, fair, and hard working trial lawyer. He has been awarded the Key to the Town of James Island, he sits on the advisory board to the Save the Morris Island Lighthouse, and is a regular lecturer at the College of Charleston, the Citadel, and Trident Technical College on the topics of Criminal Law and Local Politics.

Having come from a long line of attorneys who have served South Carolina in the Legislative and Judicial branches of State Government, Peter has a deep commitment to the people of the State of South Carolina. Peter and his law firm look forward to helping with you with all of your legal concerns and needs.

Areas of Practice

  • Magistrate/Municipal Criminal Charges
  • State (General Sessions) Criminal Charges
  • Driving Under the Influence, Boating Under the Influence, and Other Alcohol Related Offenses
  • Drug Charges
  • Gun Charges and Violent Crimes
  • Federal Criminal Charges
  • White Collar Criminal Defense – State & Federal
  • Civil Litigation including Automobile Accidents, Premises
  • Liability, Medical Malpractice, and Libel/Slander Claims
  • Estate Planning and Probate Issues

Honors and Awards

  • 2013 South Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star in Criminal Defense Law
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Key to the Town of James Island awarded in 2010
  • Advisory Board to Save the Morris Island Lighthouse
  • Past President of the Charleston Lawyer’s Club

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member, 2005 – Present
  • South Carolina Bar Association, Member, 2005 – Present
  • Charleston Lawyer’s Club, Member, 2005- Present
  • South Carolina House of Representatives, Member, 2010-Present

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, 2005 (All Courts)
  • U.S. District Court District of South Carolina, 2007
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2008


  • Regent University School of Law
  • J.D. – May, 2005
  • Hampden-Sydney College
  • B.A. – May, 2001
  • Major: History & Religion

Past Employment Positions

  • Wills & Massalon, Law Clerk 2002
  • Ninth Circuit Solicitor’s Office, Law Clerk 2003 & 2004
  • Ninth Circuit Solicitor’s Office, Assistant Solicitor 2005 – 2010
  • Law Office of Peter McCoy, LLC, Owner 2010 – 2011
  • McCoy & Stokes, LLC, Owner/Partner 2011 – Present