Category: Drug Charges – Simple Possession

Atlanta Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession

Slowly, one state or even one municipality at a time, the United States is legalizing marijuana. Many states have legalized weed for medicinal purposes only, requiring a “recommendation” from a doctor (it is still illegal to prescribe marijuana under federal law). Other states or municipalities have decriminalized marijuana which means you cannot go to jail [..]

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No Right to Counsel in South Carolina Summary Courts

Of course there is a right to counsel, at least when a person is sentenced to jail time, but it is systematically denied to defendants in our state’s summary courts. Indigent defendants in S.C.’s summary courts typically are not provided with court-appointed counsel, even in serious cases such as DUI or domestic violence (CDV).  In [..]

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Marijuana Laws in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Possession of marijuana is still illegal in every part of South Carolina, despite great strides towards legalization being made in other parts of the country.  Simple possession of less than an ounce still carries up to 30 days in jail for a first offense or six months in jail for a second offense, and possession [..]

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South Carolina Expungement Laws

The effects of even a minor conviction such as a DUI or simple possession of marijuana can follow a person for the rest of their life, like a scarlet letter or brand that every potential employer will see, and that every police officer will see during even the most minor traffic stops.  Once a person’s [..]

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Drug Possession/ Distribution/ Trafficking in South Carolina

Possession of Drugs Penalties at law for possession/distribution of drugs may include fines, imprisonment, and suspension of your driver’s license. Additionally, both misdemeanor and felony drug charges become part of your criminal record so the effects of drug charges can be everlasting. Simple Possession of Marijuana Defined For simple possession of marijuana, the accused is [..]

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Possession of Drugs

In South Carolina, illegal drugs and non-prescribed narcotics are considered contraband, the mere possession of which is unlawful.  To obtain a conviction of contraband possession must be proven.  The law of possession was distinguished under State v. Hudson, which held that a conviction for the possession of drugs requires proof of possession.  Possession can either be actual or [..]

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