On Wednesday, March 15, 2023, the Supreme Court of South Carolina ordered the suspension of Edgefield attorney Randall Dewitt Williams for failing to file his state income taxes from 2015-2018.

The case is styled ‘In the Matter of Randall DeWitt Williams,’ case #2023-000201.

The charges cited Rules 8.4(b) and (e) of the Rules of Professional Conduct, which prohibit:

A crime that reflects adversely on fitness as a lawyer; and

Conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.

The South Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct can be found on South Carolina’s Judicial Branch’s website.

According to the court filing, Williams self-reported to the Office of Disciplinary Counsel his arrest on charges of failing to pay state income tax and failing to file income tax returns for the 2015 to 2018 tax years. Thereafter Williams entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to time served without probation and was fined $125.

Thereafter, Williams paid the fine and successfully completed all conditions of his sentence.

The filing states:

“Respondent and the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) have entered into an Agreement for Discipline by Consent (Agreement) pursuant to Rule 21 of the Rules for Lawyer DisciplinaryEnforcement (RLDE) contained in Rule 413 of the South Carolina Appellate CourtRules (SCACR).In the Agreement, Respondent admits misconduct and consents to the imposition of confidential admonition, a public reprimand, or a definite suspension of up to ninety-days and agrees to pay costs.”

In light of the foregoing facts, the Court ruled in favor of the parties’ agreement in relation to William’s above-cited conviction.

The order states:

“Accordingly, we suspend respondent from the practice of law in this state for a period of ninety days.”

Mr. Randall Dewitt Williams practices in Edgefield. After graduating from North Carolina Central University School of Law, Williams has been admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 1995 and to the South Carolina Bar in 1996. His info can be found on Avvo.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.