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R. Scott Joye

Myrtle Beach Area Attorney

Scott Joye has been practicing law since 1996. Upon graduating from the University of South Carolina School of Law, Mr. Joye worked as a law clerk for the late Honorable Sydney T. Floyd, assisting Judge Floyd in the administration of his duties. Mr. Joye was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1996 and began practicing law as an Assistant Solicitor in the Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office. He was responsible for the prosecution of all types of major criminal cases in the Court of General Sessions. In 1998 Mr. Joye entered private practice in his own firm, R. Scott Joye, P. A. Ten years later, that practice has evolved into Joye, Nappier, Risher, & Hardin.

Scott is licensed to practice law in South Carolina, concentrating the majority of his practice to the area of criminal defense, with a special emphasis in DUI defense. He has successfully tried a variety of cases ranging from noise ordinances to murder charges in Georgetown and Horry Counties, and across the PeeDee. In addition, Mr. Joye also handles personal injury cases as well as wrongful death cases, and has achieved high six-figure settlements. He has also handled federal cases in South Carolina, Virginia, and Ohio.

*Notice - Any result Mr. Joye or his law firm might have achieved on behalf of one client in one matter does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

Practice Areas


  • Francis Marion College (Francis Marion University)
    • Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society
    • Pi Gamma Mu Social Sciences Honor Society
    • Dean's List
    • One of two EUREKA Conference representatives, 1991
    • BS in Political Science, 1991
  • University of South Carolina School of Law
    • Juris Doctorate
      Phi Kappa Sigma

Admitted to Practice

  • South Carolina, 1996
  • United States District Court, 1999

Bar Admissions

  • American Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Georgetown County Bar Association


  • American Bar Association
  • South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association
  • National College of DUI Defense


  • 2010 South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Member of the Year Award Recipient
  • South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Benefactor
  • Charter Member and Board Member of the DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • State Delegate, Sustaining Member and Faculty Member of National College for DUI Defense
  • Listed in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 South Carolina Super Lawyers®
  • Selected as one of the National Top Trial Lawyers 2012-2014
  • Avvo Rating of 10.0 Superb, 2011-2014
  • South Carolina Bar Association Criminal Law Sub-Committee
  • Sponsored the first Standardized Field Sobriety Test Student Course for South Carolina Attorneys
  • Sponsored the first DataMaster DMT Breath Test Training Course for South Carolina Attorneys
  • Successfully completed the Drug Evaluation and Classification/Drug Recognition Expert Overview Course
  • Successfully Completed the Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement Course
  • Successfully Completed the Forensic Chromatography: Theory and Practice IX Course

Speaking Engagements

  • South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 2008 & 2011
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 2013
  • South Carolina Bar Association 2014
  • North Carolina Association of Justice, NC/SC DWI & DUI Seminar 2012 & 2014
  • Trial Skills Co-Leader at National College for DUI Defense Summer Session held at Harvard Law School 2013 & 2014

Get in touch with Attorney R. Scott Joye by contacting Joye, Nappier, Risher, & Hardin at (843) 203-0637.

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