How Can a Columbia Drug Law Firm Can Help You?
The Columbia and Lexington criminal defense lawyers at The Jeffcoat Firm defend those accused of drug-related offenses by protecting their constitutional rights, freedom, and reputation.
People accused of criminal drug offenses deserve an experienced defense attorney in Columbia who understands the procedures used by police and prosecutors to obtain a conviction.
- Types of South Carolina Drug Defense Cases The Jeffcoat Firm Handles
- Possible Punishment and Penalties for South Carolina Drug Crimes
- How Can Our Columbia Drug Crime Defense Lawyers Help?
Types of South Carolina Drug Defense Cases The Jeffcoat Firm Handles
Drug laws vary from state to state; the South Carolina law places illegal substances into five categories:
- Schedule I: includes substances with a high potential for abuse, no accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use in treatment under medical supervision; includes opiates, opium derivatives (e.g., heroin), hallucinogenic substances (e.g., Ecstasy, MDMA, LSD, and marijuana), depressants (e.g., quaaludes, GHB), and stimulants (e.g., MDPV)
- Schedule II: includes substances with a high potential for abuse, currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or used with severe restrictions, and abuse of which may lead to severe psychic or physical dependence; includes opium and opiates (e.g., morphine, oxycontin), cocaine, stimulants (e.g., amphetamines), depressants (e.g., PCP)
- Schedule III: includes substances with a potential for abuse less than those listed in Schedules I and II, currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and abuse of which may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence; includes stimulants (e.g., appetite suppressants), depressants (e.g., barbiturates, sedatives), and limited narcotic drugs (e.g., Vicodin, Lorcet)
- Schedule IV: includes substances with a low potential for abuse relative to those listed in Schedule III, currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and abuse of which may lead to limited physical or psychological dependence relative to substances in Schedule III; includes depressants (e.g., clonazepam), stimulants (e.g., appetite suppressants), and limited narcotic drugs (e.g., Xanax, Valium)
- Schedule V: includes substances with a low potential for abuse relative to those listed in Schedule IV, currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and abuse of which may lead to limited physical or psychological dependence relative to substances in Schedule IV; includes narcotics containing non-narcotic active medicinal ingredients (e.g., pseudoephedrine)
South Carolina laws include numerous types of drug-related crimes, suche as those listed below:
- Possession of drug paraphernalia (e.g., syringe, bongs, pipes)
- Possession with the intent to distribute (PWID)
- Unlawful disposal
If you are facing any of these or similar drug charges, contact an experienced drug crime defense lawyer at The Jeffcoat Firm.
Possible Punishment and Penalties for South Carolina Drug Crimes
The penalties for drug crimes are severe with most having mandatory minimum sentences (e.g., fines up to $1,000 and/or up to 30 days in prison) and high maximum sentences (e.g., fines up to $50,000 and 25 to 30 years in prison). These penalties depend on the type of offense, the substance(s) involved, the amount involved, and the defendant’s criminal history.
Hiring a lawyer is one of the most important decisions you will make during this process, and should not be based solely on advertisement. With so much at stake, those accused of drug offenses deserve an attorney who is knowledgeable of the law, experienced in the courtroom, and understands the measures and procedures used by police and prosecutors to obtain a conviction.
Please review our qualifications and experience, then contact our professional license defense attorneys at The Jeffcoat Firm immediately for a free and confidential consultation to learn about your rights, court procedures, possible penalties and collateral consequences if convicted, and available defenses.
How Can Our Columbia Drug Crime Defense Lawyers Help?
When people are charged with drug-related offenses in South Carolina, they often assume the situation is hopeless; it’s not. You don’t have to deal with these kinds of charges on your own.
Our attorneys at The Jeffcoat Firm will do everything in their power to resolve your situation with the most beneficial outcome. You may think your charges are not serious, but the consequences of even a misdemeanor conviction can negatively affect the rest of your life. You need a criminal defense attorney that won’t quit fighting for your liberties and your long-term future.
The Jeffcoat Firm attorneys are always available, meaning you won’t waste any time waiting for a reply. Your initial consultation is free, so you have nothing to lose by contacting us.
DISCLAIMER: Any results achieved on behalf of a client in one matter does not necessarily indicate that similar results can be obtained for other clients.
South Carolina Criminal Drug Offense Statutes
For more information about SC drug crime statutes, please refer directly to the South Carolina Code of Laws.
- 44-53-40.Obtaining certain drugs, devices, preparations or compounds by fraud, deceit, or the like.
- 44-53-190.Schedule I.
- 44-53-200.Tests for inclusion of substance in Schedule II.
- 44-53-210.Schedule II.
- 44-53-220.Tests for inclusion of substance in Schedule III.
- 44-53-230.Schedule III.
- 44-53-240.Tests for inclusion of substance in Schedule IV.
- 44-53-250.Schedule IV.
- 44-53-260.Tests for inclusion of substance in Schedule V.
- 44-53-270.Schedule V.
- 44-53-365.Theft of controlled substance; penalty.
- 44-53-370.Prohibited acts A; penalties.
- 44-53-375.Possession, manufacture and trafficking of methamphetamine and cocaine base and other controlled substances; penalties.
- 44-53-376.Disposal of waste from production of methamphetamine; penalty; emergency or environmental response restitution
- 44-53-378.Exposing child to methamphetamine
- 44-53-380.Prohibited acts B; penalties.
- 44-53-390.Prohibited acts C; penalties.
- 44-53-391.Unlawful to advertise for sale, manufacture, possess, sell or deliver, or to possess with intent to sell or deliver, paraphernalia.
- 44-53-395.Prohibited acts; penalties.
- 44-53-398.Sale of products containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine; penalties; training of sales personnel.
- 44-53-420.Attempt and conspiracy; attempt to possess; penalties.
- 44-53-445.Distribution of controlled substance within proximity of school.
- 44-53-450.Conditional discharge; eligibility for expungement.
- 44-53-460.Reduced sentence for accommodation offenses.
- 44-53-470.”Second or subsequent offense” defined.
- 44-53-475.Financial transactions, monetary instruments, or financial institutions involving property or proceeds of unlawful activities in narcotic drugs or controlled substances; penalties.
- 44-53-530.Forfeiture procedures; disposition of forfeited items; disposition of proceeds of sales.
- 44-53-1530.Possessing anabolic steroids without a prescription, or prescribing anabolic steroids, by non-practitioner, pharmacist, or veterinarian unlawful; penalties.