Dustin earned a Bachelor of Arts from Presbyterian College in 2006 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Mississippi College in 2009. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in the summer of 2007 upon graduation from Officer Candidates School.
After passing the South Carolina bar in October 2009, Dustin received orders to Judge Advocate Division at the Pentagon while waiting to attend The Basic School (TBS). After graduating from TBS in November 2010, he reported to Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Beaufort, South Carolina. After reporting to MCAS Beaufort, Dustin attended and graduated from Naval Justice School and then returned to MCAS Beaufort in April 2011.
Dustin served as the Civil Law/Review Officer, Military Justice Officer, and Deputy Staff Judge Advocate during his tour at MCAS Beaufort.
In December 2013, Dustin executed orders to Parris Island to serve as the first Victims’ Legal Counsel aboard the Depot. In September 2015, Dustin was Honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps.
In July 2015, while on terminal leave with the U.S. Marine Corps, Dustin accepted a position with the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s office as an assistant solicitor. He worked at the Solicitor’s office for the next 5 and a half years prosecuting cases primarily in Beaufort and Jasper counties. In August 2019 he was promoted to the Career Criminal Unit. While at the Solicitor’s office, Dustin tried multiple cases to verdict ranging from drug possession to murder.
In January 2021, Dustin accepted a position with the 14th Circuit Public Defender’s office. He primarily represented clients in Jasper and Hampton counties.
Dustin is married to Jennifer Whetsel and they have one son, Jackson.
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