Federal and State drug crime charges in South Carolina carry some of the stiffest penalties in the nation. When faced with a drug charge, you need a lawyer who knows how the system works and will fight to protect your rights.
Arrested for a Drug Crime in South Carolina?
The drug possession and drug trafficking lawyers at the Strom Law Firm, LLC, include a former United States Attorney and Richland County Assistant Solicitor, a former Public Defender, and a former Assistant Attorney General and Richland County Assistant Solicitor. Mr. Strom has been given an AV-Rating, the highest ranking possible, from the respected legal guide Martindale-Hubble.
Whether you have been charged with:
The drug crime attorneys at Strom Law Firm, LLC will aggressively defend your case whether you are under investigation or have been arrested for drugs in all State and Federal Courts in South Carolina as well as the Federal Courts in Georgia.
Drug cases in particular need to be examined from every angle, in many cases are subject to mandatory minimum sentences, and aggressive representation can protect your future.
The criminal defense lawyers at the Strom Law Firm, LLC know the evidence to look for, including whether a search warrant or arrest warrant issued in your case was properly executed and the standards by which all investigations, searches, and arrests should be performed.
Drug Laws in South Carolina: What You Need to Know
Defendants facing drug penalties in South Carolina can be punished with a monetary fine and mandatory minimum sentences of up to life in prison with no chance of parole, depending on:
• the amount of drugs involved,
• whether the case is brought in state or federal district court, and
• how many prior drug offenses a defendant has.
A Drug Crime is a Serious Charge that Can Lead to Future Consequences
A conviction or bond forfeiture even for a simple possession conviction creates a criminal record and requires automatic suspension of your driver’s license. Other consequences include, but are not limited to:
• loss of job opportunities,
• educational opportunities, and
• military opportunities.
Drug Offenses in South Carolina Carry Enhancements
If you are arrested and have a prior drug conviction, you potentially face a mandatory prison sentence in both State and Federal Court. If you are convicted of any drug crime, another drug offense charge regardless of the charge will be a second drug offense, even if the drugs or charges involved differ from the first offense.
For example, if you are 18 years old and you pay a fine for a Simple Possession of Marijuana charge, this would be your first drug conviction. Eight years later, at the age of 26, if you are charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine, this is a second drug offense and you will be facing a mandatory minimum of five (5) to (30) years in prison with no parole.
Additional drug penalties include:
- Asset forfeiture
- Impounding of your car
- Seizure of your home or property if drugs were found on the premises
- Seizure of cash
- Loss of business or professional licenses
- Restrictions on owning guns or firearms
The drug possession and drug trafficking lawyers at the Strom Law Firm, LLC are dedicated to protecting the rights of our clients, providing aggressive representation grounded in our years of experience building and interpreting the laws of South Carolina. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case.