North Charleston Drug Charge Lawyer
If you have been arrested for drug charges in North Charleston, then it is critical you contact a North Charleston drug charge lawyer to ensure your rights are protected during the criminal process. In South Carolina drug charges carry extremely severe penalties. Fines and jail time vary greatly depending on the substance in question, the amount of the substance in question and other factors such as prior criminal history. If you have been charged with drug crimes in Charleston, Folly Beach, Mount Pleasant or North Charleston, call drug charge lawyer John W. Molony now and discuss your legal options.
When Charleston Police find illegal drugs, you can be charged with drug possession when police show probable cause that you had power or control over the drugs and had actual knowledge of the drugs. Police can prove you had power to control the drugs in one of two ways. Either by proving actual possession or what is called constructive possession. Actual possession is exactly what it sounds like. This is when illegal drugs are found in your actual physical custody. On the other hand, constructive possession requires the State to prove that even though drugs were not in your actual physical custody you had control over the premises in which the drugs were found. For example, police find drugs in a vehicle you are riding in and you are charged with drug possession.
Possession with Intent to Distribute (PWID) & Trafficking
In South Carolina, the charge of Possession with Intent to Distribute (PWID) is not only based on the amount of the particular drug a person is caught with. PWID can also be charged if police determine from a totality of the circumstances that the intent to distribute is present. So what does that mean? In many cases, law enforcement makes this determination based on the presence of baggies, scales, ledgers, or other paraphernalia indicating that drugs were meant for sale. In South Carolina, drug trafficking charges are based on the weight of the particular drug. Possession of greater than ten grams of cocaine or cocaine base, four grams of heroin, or ten pounds of marijuana is considered trafficking under South Carolina law. Trafficking and distribution offenses also carry heavy penalties, including mandatory minimum prison sentences of 25 years on some trafficking charges. Additionally, many trafficking and distribution charges are classified as violent crimes and are non-paroleable offenses.
Serving Charleston Areas Near You
John W. Molony Law Firm, LLC accepts DUI cases all over Charleston, including these areas near you.
- Charleston Drug Charges
- Folly Beach Drug Charges
- James Island Drug Charges
- Mount Pleasant Drug Charges
- Johns Island Drug Charges
Contact A North Charleston Drug Crime Lawyer
Criminal defense attorney John W. Molony is ready to review your case including potential issues with the arrest, search or probable cause. When you retain John W. Molony Law Firm, LLC, expect to have an attorney who will fight for you, answer your phone calls and devote the time and personal attention your case requires. Request a free consultation with North Charleston drug charge attorney John W. Molony for a thorough analysis of your case and your legal options. John W. Molony Law Firm, LLC is conveniently located on James Island and defends the rights of North Charleston clients facing drug charges, including the following:
- Drug Distribution Charges
- Simple Possession
- Possession With Intent To Distribute (PWID)
- Possession With Intent To Distribute Within The Proximity Of A School
- Drug Manufacturing Crimes
- Drug Trafficking Crimes
- Drug Paraphernalia Crimes
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