Drug Possession Is Still A Serious Crime In South Carolina
While other states across the country may be loosening their restrictions around recreational marijuana use, South Carolina has not followed suit. The state’s laws around marijuana possession remain strict.
This may be a particular concern for out-of-state college students attending school in South Carolina. Students who come from states where laws are more relaxed may assume that South Carolina is the same. This is not true, unfortunately, and it would be all too easy for a student to find themselves unwittingly on the wrong side of the law.
One Ounce Is The Threshold
The penalties a person could endure once faced with pot charges depend on the amount in the person’s possession at the time of the arrest. If you are found to have 1 oz or less in your possession, this would be considered a misdemeanor. Still, you could be incarcerated for up to 30 days and/or face fines up to 200 dollars. Possession of more than 1 ounce, however, would be considered to be a felony, for which you could face up to five years of incarceration and/or up to five thousand dollars in fines.
Did you know? Possession of more than one ounce of marijuana in South Carolina is assumed to be for the purpose of sale, and is therefore considered to be a felony.
A Conviction Can Limit Your Options
A criminal conviction can get in the way of everything from housing options to job and educational opportunities. To preserve your freedom and protect your future from unnecessary penalties after a marijuana possession charge, you need the experienced and confident legal representation an attorney can provide. You are not alone. I know how to fight these charges to secure the best possible result for you.
Contact My Office Today
When you are facing a criminal charge, time is precious. Do not hesitate to call my office to consult with me about the situation you are in. I will listen and provide you with the context and options you need to make the best choice for your future. To schedule a consultation at my Charleston, South Carolina office, serving Charleston and Richland counties, call 803-764-9608 or send me an email to start the conversation.