What Are the Penalties for Illegal Drugs in SC?

The consequences of a drug charge are serious, even life-changing. However, the penalties for one drug charge may vary from another’s depending on certain factors. If you find yourself in this situation, you should educate yourself on your state’s laws and punishments as it relates to your offense. While the best thing you can do is to stay away from illegal drugs, criminal lawyer Philip W. Jamieson is here to help if you get in trouble with the law. Here is a brief overview of South Carolina’s drug penalties.

  • Cocaine – Persons found guilty of cocaine possession may face a two-year minimum prison sentence and/or a $5,000 fine. However, the consequences for manufacturing, distributing, or injecting cocaine (PWID) can lead to a minimum of 15 years of jail time and/or a $25,000 fine. Trafficking 10-28 grams of cocaine can lead to a $25,000 fine and/or a three- to ten-year prison sentence.
  • Meth – Meth possession can result in a $5,000 fine and/or a two- to five-year jail sentence. In the case of manufacturing, distributing, or PWID, you could possibly face a $25,000 fine and/or 15-20 years in prison. Trafficking at least 100 grams of meth can lead to a 25-year minimum jail sentence and/or $50,000 fine.
  • Marijuana – Marijuana possession charges usually result in a minimum of 30 days’ jail time and/or a $100-200 fine. Manufacturing, PWID, or distributing marijuana can lead to a five-year or longer prison sentence and/or a $5,000 fine. Marijuana trafficking penalties (10-100 grams) are serious, resulting in a $10,000 fine and/or a one- to ten-year jail sentence.

To speak with a criminal lawyer about your drug case, call Jamieson Law Firm in Rock Hill, SC. Our team will review your case and give you a clearer idea of what you’ll be facing in court.

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