Chemical addiction is an increasing problem throughout the United States. If you have a drug-related conviction on your record in South Carolina, it could negatively affect the rest of your life. At Stirling & O’Connell, we often represent clients facing misdemeanor or felony drug charges.

According to FindLaw, there are several types of drug crimes. Any kind of drug-related conviction on your record carries negative consequences. However, longer sentences accompany federal charges. Defense varies, depending on the offense severity.

Possessing illicit controlled substances is a crime under state and federal drug laws. The quantity found often dictates the charges filed. If you have a small amount of an illegal substance, the charge may be simple possession. If law enforcement finds a large amount, the charges may include possession with the intent to distribute. When coupled with drug paraphernalia, the penalty may increase.

Drug paraphernalia encompasses equipment used in the preparation or use of illegal chemicals. It can also refer to items used to produce or conceal drugs. Bongs, rolling papers, syringes and particular types of pipes are most often utilized for these purposes. Making the charges stick is challenging for prosecutors as many items have labels pertaining to legal use.

Dealing, manufacturing and trafficking laws are more severe than simple possession. They may result in 3 years or more in prison. Although small amounts of marijuana carry misdemeanor charges, heroin and cocaine offenses typically result in felony charges. If you or a loved one are facing drug charges, a legal professional can help protect your rights. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.