John L. Drennan

John L. Drennan

Location:
Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
Phone:
843-352-4149
888-722-6179
Fax:
843-606-2971
Email:
In 1983, Mr. Drennan attended  The Citadel: The Military College of South Carolina, on a golf scholarship. John lettered his Freshman year on the golf team and placed fifteenth (15th) in the Southern Conference Championship. John wanted to play Varsity Division 1 sports, like his father did when he Captained the Varsity Baseball Team at Virginia Tech. While at The Citadel Mr. Drennan was awarded the James K Coleman Award for Excellence in Constitutional Law. Mr. Drennan graduated from The Citadel in 1987 he attended  the University of South Carolina School of Law. While in law school, John was awarded an American Jurisprudence Award and was a certified patrol officer FOR THE TOWN OF OAK BLUFFS on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. Mr. Drennan worked in Phillip Rollins District Attorney's Office for Cape Cod and the Islands.

Upon graduation, John was sworn as a lawyer in South Carolina; thereafter, John rose to the position of Senior Trial Staff Attorney for the Charleston County Public Defenders Office in Charleston where he successfully tried over 20 cases in four years. John attended the National Criminal Defense College (known as the "trial college") and became a Trial Lawyer for Joye Law Firm and focused his practice primarily on traffic law cases. Mr. Drennan is an attendee of fourteen summer sessions of the NATIONAL COLLEGE FOR DUI DEFENSE held at Harvard University Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Lastly, John is a Lifetime member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), and a sustaining member of the South Carolina Criminal Defense Lawyer Association.

Attorney Drennan has been involved in difficult cases all his career ranging from death penalty cases, felony DUI death cases, sexual assaults and domestic assaults and has tried drug cases against the F.B.I., D.E.A., and the A.T.F. in United States District Court.  Mr. Drennan has attended numerous DUI training seminars as both as an attendee and as a lecturer. He is a court qualified breath test expert witness regarding the Data master breath testing instrument and has testified on several occasions regarding the inaccuracy of the Datamaster. John has lectured Judges, Police Officers and Lawyers regarding DUI issues in the State of South Carolina. Mr. Drennan is on the Board of Directors for Skyland Ranch, (Drug and Alcohol Treatment Facility).

Mr. Drennan has also been an Adjunct Professor in the English Department at The Citadel where he taught Rhetoric in the Law, Legal Writing and Coached the Mock Trial Team. Presently Mr. Drennan volunteers his time by assisting Cadets at The Citadel Counseling Department and is a guest speaker with the Character and Values Series conducted at The Citadel.

Areas of Practice

  • DUI/DWI
  • Traffic Violations
  • Criminal Law

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina - 1990
    • Honors: American Jurisprudence Award
  • The Citadel - 1987

Classes/Seminars

  • Rhetoric in the Law, Legal Writing and Coached the Mock Trial Team, Adjunct Professor in the English Department at The Citadel
  • Guest speaker with the Character and Values Series, The Citadel

Honors and Awards

  • James K Coleman Award for Excellence in Constitutional Law
  • Court qualified breath test expert witness regarding the Data master breath testing instrument

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Lifetime member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • South Carolina Criminal Defense Lawyer Association, Sustaining member
  • Skyland Ranch, (Drug and Alcohol Treatment Facility)., Board of Directors

Past Employment Positions

  • Town Of Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, Certified patrol officer
  • Phillip Rollins District Attorney's Office for Cape Cod and the Islands
  • Charleston County Public Defenders Office in Charleston, Senior Trial Staff Attorney
  • Joye Law, Trial Lawyer

Pro Bono Activities

  • Assisting Cadets at The Citadel Counseling Department