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Just because you were charged with a drug crime doesn’t mean you will be convicted. Don’t lose hope!
There are so many things that can go wrong during the police investigation and with the prosecutor’s case that can work in your favor. A charge does not necessarily equal a conviction.
Having an experienced attorney on your side can make all the difference in your drug case.
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Berkeley, Dorchester or Charleston County?
Drug charges are serious business in South Carolina. Convictions bring heavy consequences, both from the court and in your personal life. Besides the jail time and fines, you may experience complications with your current and future employment due to having a criminal record. Convictions can also put a strain on personal relationships.
Avoid a conviction at all costs! If you are lucky enough to be charged with a drug crime that carries what you consider to be a light sentence, don’t roll over and plead guilty without a fight.
An experienced drug crime attorney can analyze your case and put together a defense strategy focused on minimizing the negative effects you will feel. In some cases your charge may be dismissed all together! While this definitely isn’t guaranteed, it is possible if certain mistakes were made during the investigation or prosecution of your case.
While all drug charges are treated harshly in South Carolina, some are more serious than others.
The main types of drug charges in SC are: possession, possession with intent to distribute (PWID) and trafficking. Each of these has their own set of penalties which depend on how many prior drug convictions you may have and how much of what drug you are alleged to have possessed or trafficked.
Here are a couple examples of what you may be facing:
A 3rd offense Trafficking in Marijuana conviction carries a mandatory 25 year jail sentence and a $25,000 fine.
A 1st offense Trafficking in Heroin conviction carries a 7-25 year jail sentence and a $50,000 fine.
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Four (4) Steps To Take If
Your Facing Drug Charges
1. Contact an Attorney
Contact an attorney: Knowledgeable criminal defense counsel can make you aware of your rights and prevent mistakes from occurring. Having a lawyer by your side can stop law enforcement from bullying you during interrogations.
2. Do Not Talk to Police
Do not discuss your case with the police: Talking to the police about seemingly innocuous case details without an attorney can damage your defense. The police may take what you say out of context and use your words against you in the courtroom. Trying to convince the police of your innocence after your arrest can only hurt your case.
3. Do Not Talk to Friends or Family
Do not discuss your case with friends or family: Anything that you say to anyone about your case can be used against you. Do not post about your case on social media or send messages about your charges.
4. Do Not Lose Hope
Do not lose hope about your case: No matter the details of your case, no prosecutor has a guaranteed conviction. Our lawyer can investigate the evidence and show why there may be problems. In criminal cases police officers as well as prosecutors can make damaging mistakes. Do not accept a plea deal without talking to our attorney.
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Common Questions About
Drug Charges in SC
Will I get jail time for a drug conviction?
Many drug charges come with mandatory jail time, like all trafficking convictions, but not all drug convictions will land you in jail.
As a general idea, simple possession and possession with intent to distribute (PWID) convictions carry “and/or” sentences. You may be sentenced to jail time, fines, or both.
It is up to the judge to determine the punishment, and having an experienced drug attorney is important to getting the most favorable outcome.
Should I fight my drug charge?
Yes! It is true in all criminal cases that a charge DOES NOT necessarily mean you will be convicted. This is because you are innocent until you are proven guilty. Don’t just plead guilty thinking there isn’t a part in fighting.
Your criminal defense attorney will analyze every pertinent fact related to your case and devise the best possible strategy to arrive at a favorable outcome.
Are all drug charges felonies in South Carolina?
Drug charges in SC are classified as misdemeanors or felonies. Not all charges are felonies.
For example, simple possession of marijuana is classified as a misdemeanor. while trafficking methamphetamine is classified as a felony.
Even if you are charged with a misdemeanor drug crime in South Carolina you need to take it seriously and contact experienced legal help as soon as possible. Serious jail time and fines are possible!