Alcohol and drug possession offenses, even misdemeanors, can have a significant effect on your reputation, livelihood, educational or professional career, and even your liberty. Even convictions for alcohol offenses such as Public Drinking, Public Drunkenness, Minor in Possession or Open Container can cause unexpected consequences including loss of your job or professional license and loss of educational scholarships or financial aid. If you are accused of possessing even a miniscule amount of marijuana in South Carolina, you will face criminal a charge. Unlike in other states including North Carolina, first offense simple possession of marijuana has not been decriminalized here. For this reason, you could be facing jail time for possession of well under an ounce of marijuana. A second offense of simple possession of marijuana can bring up to one year in prison. Misdemeanor possession of cocaine or methamphetamine can bring up to three years in prison.
If you are a family member has been charged with an alcohol or drug possession offense, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney prior to going to court. There are often opportunities for first-time or even repeat alcohol or drug offenders to have charges reduced or even diverted. A seasoned criminal defense attorney can guide you or your loved one through this process and work to protect your rights and your future.
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