In need of an Indian Land Possession of Cocaine & Marijuana Attorney?

At the David W. Martin Law Group, our Indian Land drug crimes defense attorneys know that being charged with possession of marijuana or cocaine can tarnish more than your record, but your overall integrity at home, work, and in the community.

While marijuana possession and use carry less stigma than they once did, it is still illegal in South Carolina, and can carry steep legal penalties. Likewise, being charged with possession of cocaine can cause more than legal trouble but can lead to serious personal and professional consequences like job loss, financial strain, and the distrust of loved ones.

Our Lancaster County marijuana and cocaine possession defense lawyers also know that if you have a previous drug-related conviction, you may be facing severe legal penalties that are difficult to overcome without a skilled attorney by your side.

That is why we are here.

If you have been arrested and charged with any level of marijuana or cocaine drug crime, we can help you discreetly manage these charges, starting with an initial phone call to our law firm to discuss the details of your case. You do not have to hide from drug possession charges. We can help you face them head on, and with confidence, so you can get your life back on track without delay.

What are the Different Marijuana Possession Charges in South Carolina?

Twenty-one states and Washington, D.C. have acted to legalize recreational marijuana — South Carolina is not one of them. In fact, South Carolina’s marijuana possession laws are still quite strict, and the penalties severe.

Our Indian Land residents may be arrested on simple possession charges when found with up to 28 grams of marijuana, or simply by possessing drug paraphernalia, like a pipe — with or without marijuana inside.

An arrest for possession of marijuana in South Carolina may result in a fine of up to $200 and/or up to 30 days in jail.

If you have been arrested for possession of more than 28 grams of marijuana — but fewer than ten pounds — you may face possession of marijuana with intent to distribute charges, which carry heightened penalties.

The penalties for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute in South Carolina include:

  • First Offense: Up to five years jail time, and/or fines up to $5,000.
  • Second Offense: Up to ten years jail time, and/or fines up to $10,000.
  • Third Offense: Five to 20 years jail time, and/or fines up to $20,000.

Possession and Intent to Distribute charges can quickly escalate to Trafficking charges, based on the amount of marijuana found on an individual, in his or her vehicle, or their home during a search by law enforcement.

The penalties for a conviction for possession of 10-99 pounds of marijuana include:

  • First Offense: One and up to five years jail time and fines up to $10,000.
  • Second Offense: Five and up to 20 years jail time and fines up to $15,000.
  • Third Offense: 25 years jail time and fines up to $25,000.

The penalties for a conviction for possession of over 99 pounds of marijuana include:

  • 25 years, and a fine of $25,000 for 100 – 1,999 pounds.
  • 25 years, and a fine of $50,000 for 2,000 – 9,999 pounds.
  • 25 – 30 years, and a fine of $200,000 for 10,000 pounds or more.

If you are facing these difficult charges, contact our experienced Indian Land possession of marijuana attorneys to review your charges, the circumstances of your arrest, and the evidence that is being used against you, so we can customize your defense strategy to pursue the best outcome for your unique case.

What are the Legal Penalties for Cocaine Possession Charges in South Carolina?

Possession of cocaine charges in South Carolina carry significant legal penalties because, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, it is a Schedule II drug under the Controlled Substances Act, meaning it has a high potential for abuse.

The penalties for possession of up to one gram of cocaine in South Carolina include:

  • First Offense: Up to three years in jail, and/or a fine of up to $5,000.
  • Second Offense: Up to five years in jail, and/or a fine of up to $7,500.
  • Third or Subsequent Offense: Up to 10 years in jail, and/or a fine of up to $12,500.

Possession of more than one gram of cocaine will be charged as a felony and upgraded to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, which carries the following penalties:

  • First Offense: Up to 15 years of jail time, and/or fines up to $25,000.
  • Second Offense: Five to 30 years jail time, and/or fines up to $50,000.
  • Third or Subsequent Offense: Mandatory ten years, and up to 30 years jail time, and/or fines up to $50,000.

Possession of ten grams or more of cocaine will result in Trafficking charges, with penalties that include:

  • First Offense: Mandatory sentence of three years, and up to ten years jail time, and a fine of $25,000.
  • Second Offense: Mandatory sentence of five years, and up to 30 years jail time, and a fine of $50,000.
  • Third or Subsequent Offense: Mandatory sentence of 25 years, and up to 30 years jail time, and a fine of $50,000.

If you have been charged with a drug crime in South Carolina, whether it possession of marijuana or cocaine — or a more severe charge of intent to distribute or trafficking —contact our experienced criminal defense attorneys in Indian Land at the David W. Martin Law Group today by calling 803-548-2468 to review your case, so we can provide a straightforward approach to designing a defense that pursues the best results for your unique charges.

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