Providing A Serious Criminal Defense Against Drug Charges in South Carolina
Being accused of a crime and having to defend yourself from criminal drug charge can cause grave damage to your reputation in the community and tarnish your future. Being convicted of those charges can cement that reputation in the form of a criminal record. At Koon Cook & Walters, LLC, we have the knowledge, experience and resources necessary to advocate fiercely on your behalf in the face of these charges. We provide a legal defense designed to protect your rights, minimize the damage to your reputation and help you avoid jail time if at all possible. Founded in 1991, we have decades of experience defending clients in Columbia, Richland County and all the surrounding communities.
South Carolina Drug Laws And The Severity Of Criminal Drug Offenses
South Carolina law makes it a crime to possess, use, sell or distribute controlled substances. The type of substance and how it was handled or found, along with the amount that was found, define the severity of the drug crime. For example, possession of a small amount of marijuana is a misdemeanor, with potential penalties of up to $1,000 and/or 30 days in jail for a first conviction. But charges of manufacturing, growing and trafficking marijuana can result in a felony charge, with punishments that include fines in excess of $5,000 and/or jail time of five years in prison. Serious drugs, like cocaine, crack-cocaine, methamphetamine or heroin also result in serious fines and jail time.
Federal Drug Crimes In South Carolina
Additionally, if a federal agency like the Federal Drug Enforcement agency (DEA) was involved in the investigation of your alleged criminal activity and drug charge, your case will be filed, charged and tried in federal court. Federal drug crimes are serious and the severe penalties and mandatory prison sentences reflect this. Federal drug charges include possession, trafficking, manufacturing and conspiracy charges and require an experienced defense team. Our criminal defense attorneys have the resources and experience needed to represent you in federal court if necessary. No matter how serious your alleged crime or the charge’s level of jurisdiction, we will prepare a legal defense on your behalf to protect your rights and fight against incarceration.
Facing A Drug Charge? Call Today.
If you are facing criminal drug charges, don’t wait. Call us today at 803-991-0685 or send us an email through our online form to schedule your free consultation appointment. We want to help you fight the charges against you and get your life back to normal as soon as possible.