Drug Charges Are Serious. Get A Serious Defense.

The war on drugs continues in South Carolina, which takes a harsh approach to drug charges. At Doughty Law Firm, LLC, in North Charleston, South Carolina, we are well-qualified to help you defend your rights.

We have literally been involved in changing the way drug laws are interpreted. As a former prosecutor, Judge Advocate General's Corps JAG officer and public defender, Thad Doughty can handle state drug cases as well as those charged in federal court. We are an honest, compassionate firm that puts our clients first, fighting aggressively for their rights at every turn.

Attorney Thad Doughty represented students who had been subjected to a warrantless drug raid at Stratford High School in Goose Creek, South Carolina, in 2003. He challenged the tactics police used and the settlement set a new standard for the constitutional rights of students to be free from unreasonable search and seizure.

We also handle cases involving all types of illegal drugs, such as:

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Heroin
  • MDMA and MDA
  • Opioid prescription pain relievers

South Carolina Marijuana Laws

Marijuana laws continue to change around the United States, so it is important to know how they work currently in South Carolina.

For possession of 1 ounce or less, for a first offense, you can face misdemeanor charges and 30 days in jail, along with a $200 fine. For subsequent charges, you could get 12 months in jail and $2,000 in fines. Even possessing paraphernalia is illegal, though it is just a civil citation. Even so, it will cost you $500. The most serious consequence of a marijuana conviction is a permanent criminal record, which could make you ineligible for federal student loans and affect you every time you apply for a job.

If you are accused of selling or trafficking under 10 pounds of marijuana, you could face felony charges, five years behind bars and $5,000 in fines. Penalties increase substantially for larger amounts. In addition, if you face accusations of selling to a minor or selling at all within a half-mile of a public park, playground or school, you could face felony charges, $10,000 in fines and 10 years in jail.

Talk To An Experienced Drug Defense Lawyer Today

Remember, many drug cases hinge on whether police violated your Fourth Amendment rights in the search and seizure. We have extensive experience with this defense. To get in touch with us, please use the online contact form or call a lawyer at 843-501-9342.