Charleston Drug Crime Attorney
Assert Your Rights with Sanders Law Firm, LLC
Drug crimes are some of the most commonly charged offenses in our criminal justice system. While every case is unique, many of these charges, whether they involve simple possession, distribution, trafficking, or other crimes, carry significant penalties for the convicted. If you or a loved one has been charged, the time to seek dedicated and capable legal counsel is now.
At Sanders Law Firm, LLC, our proven Charleston drug crime attorney has 25 years of legal experience. We know the challenges defendants face as they confront the charges against them in our local court system. Our firm is committed to providing proactive, vigilant representation which ensures that the allegations against our clients receive thorough and proper scrutiny.
Don't hesitate to start preparing a robust defense against your charges. Contact us at (843) 573-8828 today.
Navigating Your Drug Charge
Depending on the details of an arrest, a drug charge can either be a misdemeanor or felony. This depends on numerous factors that are determined by law enforcement and prosecutors.
These factors include:
- The defendant's alleged intent/use of the controlled substance
- The type of the controlled substance
- The quantity of the controlled substance
- The defendant's criminal history (if any)
- Any other aggravating factors
In South Carolina, lawmakers have categorized illegal substances into different "schedules." These schedules are meant to define how potentially dangerous a controlled substance might be, with Schedule I being the most addictive and dangerous drugs.
Some examples of South Carolina's drug schedule include:
- Schedule I: Heroine, GHB, Ecstasy
- Schedule II: Cocaine, Codeine, Hydrocodone,
- Schedule III: Anabolic steroids, Ketamine, barbiturates
- Schedule IV: Xanax, Clonazepam, Valium
- Schedule V: Over the counter medications (cough medications, etc.)
- Schedule IV: Marijuana, Hashish
Defending Your Rights. Protecting Your Interests.
Even if you are found with a controlled substance on your person, it does not mean you do not have legal options. First of all, it is important that you allow an experienced Charleston criminal defense attorney to assess the details of your case. Drug charges are notorious for Fourth Amendment search and seizure issues which the court should be made aware of as soon as possible.
At Sanders Law Firm, LLC, we also can help clients who are struggling with substance abuse petition for first-offender deferral agreements or diversion programs. The state of South Carolina understands that not all of those found with a controlled substance deserve criminal penalties—but instead deserve the chance at treatment and recovery. When applicable, our firm is ready to advocate for these clients and ensure that the court is aware of their eligibility for these valuable programs.
No matter what the circumstances of your drug arrest are, you cannot afford to face these allegations without proven counsel in your corner. Contact us today to request a personal case evaluation.