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.
Many of those from Mount Pleasant who are facing drug charges come to us here at the Stirling & O'Connell Law Office wanting to know what sort of criminal penalties they could be facing if convicted. If you share the same question, it is important that you understand that the type of penalty associated with a drug charge depends on the substance that you were allegedly involved with. The state recognizes that not all controlled substances are created equal, with some potentially causing more harm than others.
In a previous post, we explored some of the ways in which drug charges can affect parents. These charges can also have an impact on parents when their child is accused of a drug-related offense. Unfortunately, teenagers may find themselves in this position for all sorts of reasons, including peer pressure, an addiction that resulted from emotional problems and experimental behavior or unfamiliarity with the consequences of a particular offense. As a parent, it is important for you to protect your child's future by doing everything you can to help them through this turbulent time.
If law enforcement officers pull you over for an alleged traffic violation in South Carolina, you should know your rights if they then want to search your car for drugs or anything else.
Despite the best intentions of government and law enforcement, the criminal justice system often falls far short of the goal of rehabilitating those convicted of crimes. While recidivism rates in South Carolina reflect a downward trend over the past 10 years, some people continue to shuffle back and forth among prison, probation and jail. A 24-year-old man from South Carolina provides a sobering illustration of this pattern. Already with a long history of criminal charges dating back to at least 2012, the young man recently pleaded guilty to charges of trafficking cocaine and resisting law enforcement. A judge sentenced him to serve two concurrent 10-year sentences, one for each count.
It can always be stressful for someone when they are charged with a drug offense. From losing one's job to spending time behind bars, there are many different ways in which drug charges can shatter someone's life. However, there are some people who are in a position which makes it especially difficult for them to be charged with some type of drug-related offense, such as a parent. Drug charges can shatter a parent's life in many different ways, whether they create friction within the family, impact a parent's ability to win a custody case or even affect their ability to raise a child.