There are a wide range of drug crimes that are prosecuted in South Carolina state courts, including simple possession, distribution, possession with intent to distribute, manufacturing, cultivation, trafficking and conspiracy. Common drug offenses involve marijuana, cocaine, heroin or meth (methamphetamines or crystal meth), LSD, ecstasy, mushrooms, and possession of prescription drugs.
The potential punishments range from a fine for possession of paraphernalia to mandatory minimum sentences of 25 years on some trafficking charges. Most drug crimes are graduated offenses, which means that the potential penalties increase if you have certain types of prior drug offenses on your record.
There are an equally broad range of strategic defenses to these charges, depending on the circumstances of your case and the nature of the drug charge. If you are charged with a drug crime in South Carolina, you need an aggressive and experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side. Call our Myrtle Beach office at 843-444-6122 or contact us online for a free consultation, to see how we can help.