Marijuana charges are still serious in SC
Law enforcement officers in South Carolina make a lot of arrests for marijuana charges—in 2020, it was reported that SC has the second-highest arrest rate in the country for possession of marijuana. If you're arrested for sale or possession of a controlled substance, you should work with a skilled, experienced criminal defense attorney to protect your rights, examine your case for law enforcement errors, and try to get your marijuana charges dropped or reduced.
Criminal defense lawyer David Tarr aggressively represents the rights of individuals charged with drug crimes, from constructive possession and simple possession of marijuana to possession with intent to distribute (PWID) and trafficking marijuana. In his 25 years of criminal defense experience, he has provided dedicated legal representation for numerous clients facing marijuana charges of all types in Columbia, Charleston, Lexington, and other South Carolina communities.
The David Tarr law firm defends individuals across the state facing marijuana charges like these:
- Simple possession of marijuana;
- Possession of drug paraphernalia, including roach clips, bongs, and water pipes;
- Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute;
- Marijuana trafficking;
- Distribution of marijuana; and
- Marijuana cultivation.
Throughout the attorney-client relationship, David Tarr provides thorough research and thoughtful analysis of the circumstances surrounding your arrest and criminal charges to determine whether the arresting officers may have violated your rights when they searched your home, motor vehicle, or dorm room. Whether this is your first offense or your third offense, he works diligently on your behalf to achieve the best possible outcome in your criminal case.
You Should Understand the South Carolina Marijuana Laws
State laws in SC treat marijuana possession as a misdemeanor, though a subsequent offense will be punished more harshly. If you have more than an ounce of marijuana, you're dealing with more than a simple possession charge. Possession with intent to distribute or possession of marijuana plants are felony charges, and you could be facing years of jail time and steep fines.
Even as a first-time offender, the more pounds of marijuana you have in your possession, the more jail time and higher fines you'll be facing. Don't try to navigate a drug charge alone. Get the legal advice you need to interpret the South Carolina marijuana laws and how the details of your cannabis case fit in.
Already Convicted of Marijuana Charges, DUI, or Another Drug Crime?
Contact the Law Office of David B. Tarr for legal advice regarding your prior drug crime convictions. He can help you pursue post-conviction relief, including expungement, so your criminal record doesn't haunt you for life. For college students in violation of South Carolina marijuana laws, this is a critical step to minimize the impact of a marijuana charge on your future educational and employment opportunities.
Need a Criminal Defense Attorney for Marijuana Charges?
With years of criminal defense experience, David Tarr has successfully defended South Carolinians against simple possession of marijuana and other marijuana charges. As a strong advocate against the severity of SC marijuana laws, he is the only criminal defense lawyer in the Midlands who is also a member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). Contact his law firm in Columbia for a free consultation.