Columbia Marijuana Possession Lawyer

Marijuana Possession Lawyer in Columbia, South Carolina

David W. Farrell, Attorney at Law

South Carolina's marijuana laws and penalties can be severe even for a first-time offender. It is illegal to possess marijuana in South Carolina and it is classified as a schedule one substance. Possession of one ounce or less of marijuana is a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to 30 days in jail and a fine of $200 plus court costs. Subsequent possession charges can result in up to one year of incarceration with fines up to $1000. Distribution or trafficking of marijuana carries with it much more severe penalties. A person caught in possession of less than 10 pounds of marijuana may faces felony charges for Possession With Intent, an offense carrying up to 5 years incarceration and a fine up to $5000. Individuals carrying or possessing amounts of marijuana in excess of 10 pounds, face up to ten years in jail and a penalty of up to $10000. Unfortunately, one does not need to actually be trafficking marijuana in order to be charged with a drug trafficking crime. The state can charge based entirely on the amount of marijuana the individual has in his or her possession when he or she was arrested. Any amount of marijuana exceeding one ounce can lead to a charge of Possession With Intent to Distribute in the state of South Carolina, and amounts less than one ounce can also under some circumstances.

Penalties may vary widely for first-time drug offenses. Sometimes the difference between ten years in jail with a permanent criminal record and freedom can be whether you can find an experienced criminal defense lawyer skilled in handling cases pertaining to marijuana. David W. Farrell has over 27 years experience handling criminal cases in Columbia, South Carolina.

Protecting Your Future

Even simple possession of marijuana can have a severe impact on your future. You can face jail time, a criminal record, and stiff fines for even carrying less than one ounce of the drug. A criminal defense lawyer experienced in simple possession of marijuana cases can help you defend your rights and help you receive the best possible outcome for your case. David W. Farrell: Attorney at Law takes the time to review the details surrounding your case, particularly, how and why you were stopped, how you were searched for the drug, and whether your Miranda Warnings were read. Police officers are required to follow specific protocol regarding arrests, searches, and seizures. For instance, if you were found to be in possession of marijuana during a routine police stop, the officer will have to clearly articulate why he or she stopped your vehicle. It is also illegal to search a vehicle without driver's consent or clear probable cause. Violence, intimidation, or any other harassment is also against the law. If you are harassed, threatened with violence, or stopped by an officer without due cause, your case may be dropped. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you navigate the complex legal system and ensure that you receive a fair trial. If you have been charged with simple possession in Columbia, South Carolina, you need a marijuana possession lawyer like David W. Farrell who can protect your rights.

Defending You Aggressively in Court

The reality is that many people who are charged with marijuana possession face severe penalties. Unfortunately, the full facts of the case don't always come to light, resulting in jail time, fees, and a permanent criminal record for those who do not seek representation. You are innocent until proven guilty in South Carolina. The firm of David W. Farrell takes every opportunity it has to defend its clients against marijuana possessions charges. Mr. Farrell's 27 years of experience afford him the unique ability to defend and represent his clients against marijuana possession charges. David W. Farrell was himself once a state prosecutor and he understands how evidentiary and procedural rules work from the inside out. Being charged with marijuana possession can be a confusing and scary time. You need a skilled criminal defense attorney looking out for your interests. Contact David W. Farrell: Attorney at Law today for a free initial consultation.