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Defending against drug charges in South Carolina

If police discover the presence of a controlled substance in an individual's car during a routine traffic stop, then the person could be arrested on drug related charges. Depending on the type and amount of drugs found by police, the drug charges could range from minor to serious.

Typically, when police discover a large amount of drugs, they will try to elevate the charges from simple possession to full-blown drug trafficking or drug distribution. Such elevated drug charges must be taken seriously because they could result in years behind bars if the person is convicted of the allegations. Drug charges related to simple possession of a small amount of drugs could also land a person behind bars, but it is more likely that the person will face lesser punishments like probation or community service.

Due to the stiff potential consequences of drug crimes conviction, South Carolina residents accused of such crimes may wish to employ a private attorney to help them defend against the charges in court. Even if the evidence is overwhelmingly against you, there will be options available that can help you in your defense.

Often, individuals are charged with multiple narcotics crimes or multiple charges relating to other kinds of crimes during their arrest. In such cases, it may be appropriate for the defendant to plead guilty to less serious charges in exchange for getting his or her more serious charges dismissed. This kind of arrangement is known as plea bargaining, and generally the judge and prosecution must agree to settling your case in this fashion. In other circumstances, individuals may try to defend themselves against the charges by casting doubt upon the prosecution's version of the facts. Under the law, if reasonable doubt exists relating to your charges, then you cannot be proved guilty or punished for the alleged crime.

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