Defense Attorneys for Drug Crimes in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Laws governing controlled substances in South Carolina are detailed, and penalties for violations are harsh. Naturally, medications such as Fentanyl are allowable for people who have legitimate prescriptions. Forbidden substances include cocaine, methamphetamines, marijuana and controlled substances obtained or transported without a prescription. Drug paraphernalia is also illegal to possess or distribute, including devices used for manufacturing, ingesting or preparing controlled substances.

Some of the most common drug crimes in South Carolina include:

  • Possession
  • Possession with intent to distribute
  • Manufacture or cultivation
  • Distribution
  • Trafficking

Classification (as misdemeanors or felonies) and penalties depend on factors like the quantity of drugs involved.

Why These Charges Must Be Taken Seriously

Police and investigators from local, county, state and federal agencies go to great efforts to enforce drug laws. Law enforcement agencies are aggressive in their attempts to prevent, stop and penalize drug-related criminal activities to the fullest extent of the law. Prosecutors gather evidence with the goal of bringing about the conviction of violators.

For someone who has been arrested or is under investigation, there is no substitute for an experienced, knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. For best results, seek a lawyer who will carefully evaluate your case. Roberts Law Group offers skilled advocates who know the laws, the courts and effective defense strategies.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Drug Crimes Defense: What To Know

If you have been accused, arrested or under investigation on suspicion of drug possession, drug trafficking or another drug crime, your freedom and your future depend on an effective defense.

Once you have a skilled criminal defense lawyer on your side, you will be better able to understand the charges against you and potential penalties, including potential prison time and a damaging criminal record if you are convicted.

Your attorney will explain common defenses to charges of drug crimes in South Carolina and help you explore your options.

One or more of these circumstances may be a key to an effective defense in your case:

  • Law enforcement agents may have violated your constitutional right to freedom from illegal search and seizure (Fourth Amendment violations).
  • The substance in your possession that police gathered as evidence may not be what they believed it was - and possibly not illegal at all.
  • The police or other officials may have exaggerated the quantity involved, meaning the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony.
  • You may have done what you did because of a drug dependency that needs treatment, which could qualify you for a diversionary or first-time offender program.

Penalties for a conviction vary greatly. Both state and federal crimes may carry harsh penalties. Even a misdemeanor on your record can be harmful in the long run, but the repercussions will likely be much less than those for a felony conviction. And federal drug crimes may carry mandatory minimum sentences.

Sometimes the difference between a misdemeanor and felony criminal offense has to do with the type of drug involved. In other cases, the difference between a misdemeanor and felony criminal offense has to do with the specific action taken with a drug, the quantity of a drug and who allegedly committed certain actions. (For example, a pharmaceutical retailer who mistakenly dispensed a controlled substance may incur lesser penalties than a private individual "on the street.")

At every step in your case, you should work closely with a skilled defense lawyer to pursue the best outcome.

How To Choose A Drug Crimes Defense Lawyer In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

How should you choose a defense attorney for a drug crime case? First, find out whether the law firm you are considering has in-depth experience and records of success in cases like yours.

Some law firms do a little of everything - personal injury, family law, bankruptcy, business law and criminal defense, for example. While this kind of firm may be a good choice if you find an attorney you work well with, many people prefer to work with a criminal defense attorney who focuses on drug crimes and other criminal matters.

Remember, the government has a great advantage. The sheriff's office or other law enforcement agency that conducts the investigation has no doubt done many similar investigations. Likewise, your lawyer should ideally be someone who has worked extensively on the same criminal charges that you face.

At our law office, we have the experience, skill and dedication necessary to handle serious drug charges at the state or federal level. When you contact us for legal advice, you can count on us to come through for you.

What To Know About The South Carolina Legal Process For Drug Crimes

The legal process associated with your drug crime case may begin with:

  • A traffic stop
  • An anonymous tip to the police department
  • A tip from someone making a plea bargain in their own defense case
  • An investigation based on rumors of trafficking, conspiracy or other offenses

If you are arrested, a law enforcement officer should inform you that you are entitled to legal counsel. After the arrest, you will typically have the opportunity to post bail. Ideally, you should be working closely with a drug crime defense lawyer to devise a strong defense strategy for your drug crime case.

If drug dependency is relevant to your case, your lawyer can walk you through your options for diversionary treatment programs ("drug court").

The stakes are high in any drug case. Depending on the controlled substance involved, penalties may range from years to decades in prison.

For maximum chances at obtaining the best available outcome, get an experienced lawyer on your side as early in your case as possible.

Should You Choose A Court-Appointed Or Private Attorney?

If you have limited means, you may qualify for the services of a court-appointed attorney. Still, even if you're eligible for court-appointed counsel, you should carefully consider the pros and cons of a public defender versus a private attorney.

With court-appointed lawyers (public defenders), you do not have the opportunity to choose which one you work with. You cannot use criteria such as avoiding lawyers with high caseloads or steering clear of lawyers who do not answer your phone calls. Put simply, you'll have no choice in the matter.

On the other hand, when you hire your own lawyer for a South Carolina drug crimes defense, you can choose one with care and deliberation. If your drug charges are accompanied by other charges, such as domestic violence, theft or money laundering, you can look for attorneys with strong track records in all charges involved in your case.

"But can I afford a private attorney?" This is a common question for someone suddenly facing the criminal justice system after an encounter with law enforcement that results in an arrest. At Roberts Law Group, we remind potential clients of the inestimable value of liberty. Can you put a price on your freedom and your future?

Get In Touch For A FREE Consultation

Our lawyers will go to bat for you from day one. We know state and federal drug laws and courts inside and out.

What's more, you don't have to pay anything for your first consultation. Learn how we can help you: Call 877-880-5753 (and ask for our Myrtle Beach office) or email us.