Experienced Attorney Defends You Against Drug Possession Charges in Lexington & Columbia
Criminal defense lawyer experienced in different types of drug cases in the Columbia, Lexington and surrounding areas.
Our justice system treats drug offenses seriously. Defendants with prior crimes on their records face stiff penalties, including long jail sentences. The Law Offices of Marion M. Moses, LLC handles all varieties of criminal litigation related to drug charges. We have seen countless clients charged with drug crimes and we know how the system works. Our knowledge can guide you through the legal process, and we will keep you informed of all developments in your case. You can count on our experience if you have been accused of a drug crime.
What are the penalties for drug charges in South Carolina?
The penalty for a drug charge depends on several factors. The main considerations are the number of prior convictions you have, if any, and the type and quantity of the drug listed in your indictment.
South Carolina's drug sentencing schedule divides sentences into five categories based on the type of drug and the quantity you are arrested with. Substances heavily punished under South Carolina's drug schedule can include:
- Marijuana -- A maximum penalty of 30 days in jail for possession of an ounce or less of marijuana can be imposed for the first offense. Subsequent offenses increase jail time by as much as one year. Possession of more than one ounce of marijuana can lead to a maximum sentence of five years for a first offense -- and of over 20 years for multiple subsequent offenses.
- Cocaine -- Possession of less than 10 grams of cocaine can receive a two-year jail sentence and a $5,000 fine for the first offense. Subsequent possession or distribution convictions carry sentences that range from 5 to 30 years, depending on the quantity involved and your criminal record.
- Heroin -- Possession of two grams or less carries a maximum sentence of two years in jail and a $5,000 fine. Subsequent possession or distribution convictions carry jail sentences ranging from 5 to 30 years and as much as $50,000 in fines.
Attorney Moses is a former prosecutor who is now a criminal defense lawyer who brings this experience to bear in negotiating with prosecutors on your behalf on drug crime charges. His knowledge of both sides of the justice system can help him develop a strong defense for you.
Offering defense against drug trafficking and distribution charges
The most serious drug charges in South Carolina are possession with intent to distribute and drug trafficking. South Carolina laws define intent to distribute drugs as the possession, manufacture or the actual distribution of substances like cocaine, heroin or marijuana.
Trafficking is the intent to bring large quantities of illegal drugs across the South Carolina state line. The necessary amount differs based on what the substance is, but typically ranges between 10 and 28 grams for cocaine and other drugs. Trafficking charges can also be filed against those accused of aiding in the import of drugs.
Acts that can be punished as trafficking include:
The Law Offices of Marion M. Moses, LLC assists clients accused of drug charges throughout South Carolina. Our criminal defense attorney is experienced with drug and alcohol possession cases and has spent years navigating the court system. We can evaluate your situation and help determine if you have a good case for diversion or expunction. We are with you through each step of the court process, and we work within the court system to obtain the best outcome for you.
Call us today for a free initial consultation in Columbia, SC regarding your drug charges
The Law Offices of Marion M. Moses, LLC represents South Carolinians accused of possession, trafficking and other drug offenses. Our staff is experienced with drug crimes cases. We help you deal with these serious charges and protect you from their harsh penalties. Contact us online today or call us at 803.771.7011 to schedule a free initial consultation about your case.